Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KPUB 102111

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Pueblo CO
1151 AM MDT Thu Aug 10 2017

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 422 AM MDT Thu Aug 10 2017

Still a few areas of -shra/-tsra across srn CO early this morning,
as upper energy embedded in W-NW flow aloft continues to force
convection across the state, and will carry at least isolated pops
across much of the area until at least mid-morning. Brief break in
precip then develops from mid-morning until early afternoon, before
mountain convection begins to develop around 20z. Storms then roll
east onto the plains in the late afternoon, with cold front dropping
south toward the Arkansas River providing additional forcing for
convection. Plenty of CAPE (1500-2500 J/KG) and shear (0-6km around
50 kts) for severe storms along and east of the mountains, with
SWODY1 slight risk extending back west to near I-25 looking
reasonable. Storms then coalesce into a S-SE moving MCS on the plains
in the evening, with potential for heavy rain near the KS border
well past midnight.  Max temps today look very similar to the past
few days, ending up just slightly below seasonal averages.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 422 AM MDT Thu Aug 10 2017

Overall, a somewhat wet pattern remains in place through the
weekend, then a pattern shift takes place on Monday. Flash flooding
continues to be a main concern as the ground becomes saturated from
repeated showers and storms. Area burn scars will be exceptionally

Friday through Sunday...Models continue to show an upper ridge
parked to the south of Colorado through Sunday, keeping the state
under a relatively cool and moist northwest flow. A cold front Thu
evening will keep temps cooler for Fri, then a stronger shortwave is
forecast to sweep across the Dakotas on Sat. There will be a daily
chance of convection, as showers and thunderstorms are expected to
initiate each day over the higher terrain, then push east across the
plains during the evening. High temps will continue to be below
normal for this time of year, warming into the 70s to around 80F for
the high valleys, and upper 70s to mid 80s for the plains.

Monday through Wednesday...The upper ridge axis slides to the east
across Colorado on Monday, reaching the US Central Plains by
Tuesday. This will open the monsoon moisture tap for the Four
Corners and western Colorado, while helping to finally dry out the
eastern half of the state. Convection will be much more tied to the
higher terrain, and spotty across the eastern plains. Expect a
gradual warming trend, with max temps climbing into the mid 70s to
lower 80s for the high valleys, and upper 70s to near 90F for the
plains. Moore


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1140 AM MDT Thu Aug 10 2017

Isolated storms will be developing over the mountains and Pikes
Peak Region early this afternoon. Then, late in the day through
the evening, the storms will spread south and eastward across the
rest of the plains as a boundary moves south through the region.
Severe storm potential will be higher today than previous days due
to the boundary and increased wind shear. Most storms today will
carry a risk of locally heavy rain, wind gusts to around 50 mph,
pea size hail and lightning. However, from the Pikes Peak Region
southeast across the plains, there will also be a risk of severe
supercell storms producing large hail to an inch or more in
diameter, wind gusts to 60 mph or more and possibly a tornado. The
most likely period for severe storm development will start late
today over the Pikes Peak Region and then carry southeast across
the plains through the evening hours. MVFR, IFR and LIFR
conditions can be expected in areas of precipitation. The KCOS,
KPUB and KALS TAF sites could all see storms this afternoon and
evening, primarily 20-02 UTC. However, recent high res model runs
are showing some additional storm development late in the evening
at KCOS and KPUB, between about 4 and 7 UTC.




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