Area Forecast Discussion
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
334 PM MDT Fri May 26 2017

.SHORT TERM...(This evening through Saturday)
Issued at 334 PM MDT Fri May 26 2017

There is limited convection over Weld, eastern Arapahoe, eastern
Adams and Morgan counties. Some of them may be getting close to
severe concerning hail size. Dew points did get into the upper 40s
to lower 50s F over the plains, but have since decreased
somewhat. The aircraft soundings are showing the mid level stable
layer nearly gone. Models have approaching upper trough to get
into the CWA Saturday afternoon. There is limited upward QG
vertical velocity over the forecast area tonight and Saturday.
Models show a cold front with north- upslope winds behind it to
move across the plains form 04Z to 06Z this evening. North-
northeasterly winds are progged to continue overnight and all of
Saturday. Models show fairly decent moisture into early evening,
then things dry out pretty good. The NAM has plenty of low level
moisture, Stratus, maybe even some fog for the plains after the
cold front and upslope overnight. The GFS shows considerably less.
CAPE over some of the plains in still around 2000 J/kg this
afternoon. The high resolution models do not show anything
significant for the CWA this evening/night. For pops, will keep
mostly, "chance"s going for the eastern plains and northern border
areas, way less the rest of the CWA. On Saturday, it will be
pretty stable out on the plains, but could see some afternoon
showers. The best pops will be in the mountains, with the best
moisture and synoptic scale energy. For temperatures, Saturday`s
highs will be 4-10 C cooler than this afternoon`s highs.

.LONG TERM...(Saturday night through Friday)
Issued at 116 PM MDT Fri May 26 2017

Upper level trough axis will slide southeast of the area Saturday
night. Expect showers to linger into the evening in and near the
foothills and along/south of Interstate 70. Surface high pressure
moving in will bring drier and subsident air. This should bring
precipitation to an end by midnight across the area. Depending on
how much it clears out and cools, fog may possible in low lying
areas around sunrise Sunday morning.

An upper level ridge building over the western states will
produce a northwest flow aloft over Colorado Sunday and Monday.
Afternoon and evening convection is expected, mainly over the
higher terrain. There is a slight chance for storms over the
eastern plains where it will be more stable. Highs begin to warm
with lower to mid 70s expected by Monday.

The upper level ridge slowly shifts east and will be over the
intermountain west mid to late next week. Models show enough
moisture and instability for late day convection most days. Tough
to pick out any days with a greater threat due to the weak flow
aloft and models differences. Will go with isolated/scattered
storms for most afternoons and temperatures near normal.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Saturday afternoon)
Issued at 334 PM MDT Fri May 26 2017

Models seem to keep south and southwesterly winds over DIA until the
cold front and north-northeasterlies move in around 05Z. Models
have the winds stay at this direction through Saturday afternoon
at 00Z. Will remove mention of Thunder. A SCT-BKN030-050 cloud
deck is possible after 07Z. There could be some rain showers
Saturday afternoon.




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