Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KBOU 280052

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
652 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017

Issued at 652 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017

Increased pops for the northeast corner of Colorado where
thunderstorms are expected to move southeast into the area. These
storms are strong to severe. Large hail and damaging winds will
be possible over the northeast corner through the evening.
Elsewhere, the main threat with the storms will be heavy rain.
Airmass moist, but not as moist as yesterday. Precipitable water
value off the 00Z sounding at DNR was 1.13 vs 1.34 yesterday.
Thunderstorm coverage will be isolated to scattered.


.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Friday)
Issued at 400 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017

An abnormally moist atmosphere trapped beneath a large upper level
high pressure will remain over Colorado/eastern Utah through at
least Friday. Based on radar and satellite imagery, convection has
been quite limited this afternoon. Only in the past hour have t-
storms begun to form over the northern Front Range and over and
around South Park. Believe the tranquility elsewhere will break in
the next hour or two. A moist southeast low-level flow on the
plains, steep 700-500mb lapse rates and the passage of a weak
disturbance in light northwest flow aloft are still expected to
generate t-storms scattered across eastern sections of the CWA
through this evening. Storms in the South Park area, of which one
has produced hail in the past several minutes, are predicted to
track east-northeast over southern portions of the I-25 corridor by
00z. This batch of storms is then projected to merge this a broken
line of t-storms swinging out of the northern foothills in the next
hour or so and then southeast across ern Larimer, Weld and Morgan
counties 00z-04z this evening. OOz/Sat RAP and NAM sfc CAPES in this
area anywhere from 1500-2500j/kg. Boundary layer shear also looks
favorable for storm formation. Where these two batches of storms
come together, best estimate in the eastern Weld, Morgan and Logan
county area, could see some storms turn severe. SPC has part of this
area in a slight risk for severe. Large hail and damaging winds main
svr threats. Slow storm motions and mean layer PWs in the 1.0 to 1.2
range could also result in heavy rainfall from a few of these cells,
with locally up to 1.5 inches in under 45 minutes. Most if not all
of this storm activity is forecast to exit to the CWA around
midnight. Could see patchy fog form again in wet low-lying areas
towards dawn. But, not as widespread as this morning.

On Friday...these same warm and humid conditions beneath the under
ridge will be in place for another round of t-storms by the
afternoon. PW values are forecast to gradually increase through the
day, setting the stage for locally heavy rainfall once again from a
slow moving storms. The formation of a Denver cycle tomorrow
afternoon could also create conditions suitable for hail in the
Denver metro area. Will need to monitor this closely tomorrow.
Otherwise, temperatures during the next 24 hours will remain below

.LONG TERM...(Friday night through Thursday)
Issued at 400 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017

The upper ridge axis will stay right over Colorado Friday night
into Saturday. The upper ridge is to migrate westward and be over
the Great Basin by Sunday morning. There is little in the way of
any synoptic scale energy through Sunday night. The low level
winds look to stick to normal diurnal trends. Precipitable water
values remain in the 0.75 to 1.50 inch range all five periods. Dew
point readings range from the upper 40s F west to mid 60s F east
through Sunday night. There are pretty decent CAPE values over the
eastern two-thirds of the CWA Friday evening into Saturday
afternoon. The best CAPE for late day Sunday is over the far
eastern CWA. The QPf fields show pretty decent coverage of
measurable rainfall Friday evening, then again Saturday afternoon
and much of the night. Again, Sunday afternoon and evening there
is decent QPF. Will leave in or go with "likely"s in the
mountains, with "chance"s over the plains. Will also need pops in
the overnight and morning periods. For temperatures, Saturday`s
highs are 1-3 C cooler than Friday`s. Sunday`s readings are
similar to Satruday`s but a bit cooler of the northeast corner.
For the later days, Monday through Thursday, the upper ridge axis
stays west of Colorado Monday. By Tuesday and continuing through
Thursday, the upper ridge is centered over the Great Basin into
southern Idaho. There is moisture around through Tuesday night,
then it dries out Wednesday quite a bit. Temperatures stay below
seasonal normals.


.AVIATION...(For the 00Z TAFS through 00Z Friday evening)
Issued at 652 PM MDT Thu Jul 27 2017

Thunderstorms have struggled to survive as they move east off the
higher terrain. Still a chance the Denver airports see a
thunderstorms through 05Z. The best chance will be at KBJC and
KAPA. Skies are expected to clear some after 06Z. For Friday,
there will be another chance for thunderstorms after 21Z.




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