Soaring Guidance
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Soaring Forecast
National Weather Service Pueblo, Colorado
0604 MST Wednesday, February 21, 2018

This forecast is for Wednesday, February 21, 2018:

If the trigger temperature of 23.0 F/-5.0 C is reached...then
   Thermal Soaring Index....................... Fair
   Maximum rate of lift........................ 256 ft/min (1.3 m/s)
   Maximum height of thermals.................. 10566 ft MSL (2953 ft AGL)

Forecast maximum temperature................... 21.0 F/-6.6 C
Time of trigger temperature.................... None
Time of overdevelopment........................ None
Middle/high clouds during soaring window....... None
Surface winds during soaring window............ 20 mph or less
Height of the -3 thermal index................. 8758 ft MSL (1145 ft AGL)
Thermal soaring outlook for Thursday 02/22..... Fair

Wave Soaring Index............................. Not available

Remarks...

Sunrise/Sunset.................... 06:42:31 / 17:43:12 MST
Total possible sunshine........... 11 hr 0 min 41 sec (660 min 41 sec)
Altitude of sun at 12:12:52 MST... 40.56 degrees

Upper air data from numerical model forecast valid on 02/21/2018 at 0500 MST

Freezing level.................. Entire airmass below 32 F / 0 C
Convective condensation level... 18683 ft MSL (11070 ft AGL)
Lifted condensation level....... 12833 ft MSL (5220 ft AGL)
Lifted index.................... +15.0
K index......................... -28.4

Height  Temperature  Wind  Wind Spd  Lapse Rate  ConvectionT  Thermal  Lift Rate
ft MSL  deg C deg F   Dir   kt  m/s  C/km F/kft  deg C deg F   Index    fpm  m/s
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000  -58.8 -73.8   220   53   27   3.4   1.8      M     M       M      M    M
 45000  -53.5 -64.3   215   56   29   3.3   1.8      M     M       M      M    M
 40000  -52.0 -61.6   220   52   27   0.8   0.4      M     M       M      M    M
 38000  -51.7 -61.1   220   50   26  -2.4  -1.3      M     M       M      M    M
 36000  -52.9 -63.2   220   48   25  -2.1  -1.1      M     M       M      M    M
 34000  -54.3 -65.7   220   46   24  -2.7  -1.5      M     M       M      M    M
 32000  -52.4 -62.3   220   43   22   4.1   2.2      M     M       M      M    M
 30000  -50.0 -58.0   220   40   21   3.9   2.2      M     M       M      M    M
 29000  -48.0 -54.4   220   40   20   7.5   4.1   18.2  64.7    18.8      M    M
 28000  -45.8 -50.4   220   39   20   7.4   4.1   17.2  63.0    18.3      M    M
 27000  -43.5 -46.3   220   39   20   7.4   4.1   16.4  61.6    17.9      M    M
 26000  -41.2 -42.2   220   38   20   8.0   4.4   15.7  60.2    17.5      M    M
 25000  -38.9 -38.0   220   37   19   8.0   4.4   14.9  58.9    17.1      M    M
 24000  -36.5 -33.7   220   35   18   8.0   4.4   14.3  57.8    16.8      M    M
 23000  -34.2 -29.6   220   34   18   7.3   4.0   13.6  56.6    16.5      M    M
 22000  -32.0 -25.6   225   33   17   7.3   4.0   12.7  54.9    15.9      M    M
 21000  -29.2 -20.6   225   32   16   7.3   4.0   11.7  53.1    15.3      M    M
 20000  -27.0 -16.6   225   31   16   7.3   4.0   10.8  51.5    14.7      M    M
 19500  -25.9 -14.6   225   31   16   7.3   4.0   10.4  50.7    14.4      M    M
 19000  -24.9 -12.8   225   31   16   7.3   4.0   10.0  50.0    14.1      M    M
 18500  -23.8 -10.8   225   31   16   7.4   4.1    9.6  49.3    13.9      M    M
 18000  -22.7  -8.9   225   31   16   6.5   3.6    9.2  48.5    13.5      M    M
 17500  -21.7  -7.1   225   31   16   6.5   3.6    8.6  47.5    13.1      M    M
 17000  -20.8  -5.4   225   31   16   5.5   3.0    8.1  46.5    12.7      M    M
 16500  -20.1  -4.2   230   30   15   4.8   2.6    7.2  45.0    12.0      M    M
 16000  -19.4  -2.9   230   29   15   4.4   2.4    6.4  43.5    11.4      M    M
 15500  -18.8  -1.8   230   27   14   2.9   1.6    5.4  41.6    10.5      M    M
 15000  -18.4  -1.1   230   25   13   3.2   1.8    4.3  39.7     9.5      M    M
 14500  -18.3  -0.9   235   23   12  -1.2  -0.6    2.8  37.1     8.2      M    M
 14000  -18.4  -1.1   235   20   11  -0.8  -0.4    1.1  34.0     6.7      M    M
 13500  -18.5  -1.3   235   17    9  -0.7  -0.4   -0.6  31.0     5.1      M    M
 13000  -18.6  -1.5   235   14    7  -1.4  -0.7   -2.2  28.0     3.6      M    M
 12500  -18.3  -0.9   240   12    6   6.4   3.5   -3.4  25.9     2.5      M    M
 12000  -17.6   0.3   240    9    5   3.7   2.0   -4.2  24.5     1.7      M    M
 11750  -17.3   0.9   240    8    4   5.0   2.7   -4.6  23.7     1.3      M    M
 11500  -16.9   1.6   240    7    4   5.9   3.3   -4.9  23.1     1.0      M    M
 11250  -16.4   2.5   240    7    3   6.6   3.6   -5.2  22.6     0.7      M    M
 11000  -15.9   3.4   245    6    3   7.8   4.3   -5.4  22.3     0.5      M    M
 10750  -15.4   4.3   245    5    3   6.3   3.5   -5.6  21.9     0.3      M    M
 10500  -15.0   5.0   245    5    3   5.0   2.7   -5.9  21.3    -0.0    255  1.3
 10250  -14.6   5.7   245    5    3   6.3   3.5   -6.3  20.7    -0.3    236  1.2
 10000  -14.0   6.8   245    5    3   7.4   4.1   -6.5  20.3    -0.5    213  1.1
  9750  -13.6   7.5   240    5    3   4.5   2.5   -6.7  19.9    -0.8    191  1.0
  9500  -13.3   8.1   235    5    3   2.2   1.2   -7.3  18.9    -1.3    177  0.9
  9250  -13.1   8.4   230    5    3   3.7   2.0   -7.8  18.0    -1.8    164  0.8
  9000  -12.8   9.0   225    5    3   3.9   2.2   -8.2  17.2    -2.3    147  0.7
  8750  -12.6   9.3   215    6    3   1.9   1.1   -8.7  16.3    -2.8    133  0.7
  8500  -12.5   9.5   210    6    3   2.2   1.2   -9.4  15.2    -3.4    122  0.6
  8250  -12.4   9.7   205    7    3  -0.7  -0.4  -10.0  14.1    -4.0    111  0.6
  8000  -12.7   9.1   200    7    3  -7.8  -4.3  -11.0  12.1    -5.1    114  0.6
  7750  -13.4   7.9   195    5    3 -10.0  -5.5  -12.5   9.5    -6.6    128  0.7
  7500      M     M     M    M    M     M     M      M     M       M      M    M
  7250      M     M     M    M    M     M     M      M     M       M      M    M
  7000      M     M     M    M    M     M     M      M     M       M      M    M
  6750      M     M     M    M    M     M     M      M     M       M      M    M

 * * * * * * Numerical weather prediction model forecast data valid * * * * * *

           02/21/2018 at 0800 MST          |       02/21/2018 at 1100 MST
                                           |
CAPE...     0.0    LI...       +5.7        | CAPE...     0.0    LI...       +4.0
CINH...     0.0    K Index... -24.3        | CINH...     0.0    K Index... -17.6
                                           |
Height Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate | Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate
ft MSL deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft | deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000 -58.4 -73.1  220  52 27   3.1   1.7 | -57.8 -72.0  220  53 27   2.7   1.5
 45000 -53.9 -65.0  215  55 29   3.0   1.6 | -53.7 -64.7  215  55 28   2.6   1.4
 40000 -53.0 -63.4  215  48 25   0.3   0.1 | -53.9 -65.0  215  48 25  -0.5  -0.3
 38000 -52.9 -63.2  215  45 23  -0.6  -0.3 | -54.1 -65.4  215  45 23  -0.2  -0.1
 36000 -53.2 -63.8  220  44 23  -0.5  -0.3 | -54.3 -65.7  215  44 23  -0.3  -0.1
 34000 -53.6 -64.5  220  43 22  -1.1  -0.6 | -54.5 -66.1  220  42 22  -0.7  -0.4
 32000 -51.4 -60.5  220  44 22   4.3   2.4 | -51.8 -61.2  215  44 22   5.1   2.8
 30000 -48.8 -55.8  220  45 23   4.3   2.3 | -48.8 -55.8  215  45 23   5.2   2.8
 29000 -47.1 -52.8  220  45 23   6.0   3.3 | -46.9 -52.4  215  45 23   6.3   3.5
 28000 -45.3 -49.5  215  46 24   5.9   3.3 | -45.0 -49.0  215  45 23   6.3   3.5
 27000 -43.6 -46.5  215  47 24   6.0   3.3 | -43.1 -45.6  215  45 23   6.3   3.5
 26000 -41.7 -43.1  215  47 24   7.3   4.0 | -41.2 -42.2  215  44 23   6.9   3.8
 25000 -39.5 -39.1  220  45 23   7.2   3.9 | -39.1 -38.4  215  43 22   6.9   3.8
 24000 -37.3 -35.1  220  43 22   7.2   3.9 | -37.1 -34.8  215  42 22   6.9   3.8
 23000 -35.2 -31.4  220  41 21   7.1   3.9 | -35.0 -31.0  215  40 21   6.9   3.8
 22000 -33.1 -27.6  220  38 20   7.1   3.9 | -33.0 -27.4  220  38 19   6.9   3.8
 21000 -30.5 -22.9  220  36 18   7.1   3.9 | -30.4 -22.7  220  34 18   7.0   3.8
 20000 -28.3 -18.9  225  34 17   7.4   4.0 | -28.2 -18.8  220  32 17   7.4   4.1
 19500 -27.2 -17.0  225  33 17   7.4   4.0 | -27.1 -16.8  220  31 16   7.4   4.1
 19000 -26.1 -15.0  225  33 17   7.4   4.0 | -26.0 -14.8  220  30 16   7.4   4.1
 18500 -24.9 -12.8  225  32 16   7.5   4.1 | -24.9 -12.8  220  29 15   7.4   4.1
 18000 -23.9 -11.0  225  31 16   6.3   3.4 | -23.8 -10.8  225  28 15   7.3   4.0
 17500 -23.0  -9.4  225  30 15   6.4   3.5 | -22.7  -8.9  225  27 14   7.3   4.0
 17000 -22.0  -7.6  225  29 15   5.8   3.2 | -21.6  -6.9  225  26 14   6.8   3.7
 16500 -21.2  -6.2  225  28 14   5.6   3.1 | -20.6  -5.1  225  25 13   6.7   3.7
 16000 -20.3  -4.5  225  27 14   5.8   3.2 | -19.6  -3.3  230  24 12   7.2   3.9
 15500 -19.4  -2.9  230  25 13   6.1   3.3 | -18.4  -1.1  230  22 11   7.7   4.2
 15000 -18.5  -1.3  230  24 12   6.0   3.3 | -17.3   0.9  230  20 10   7.4   4.1
 14500 -17.8  -0.0  230  23 12   4.3   2.4 | -16.3   2.7  230  20 10   5.6   3.1
 14000 -17.1   1.2  235  21 11   4.7   2.6 | -15.5   4.1  230  20 10   5.7   3.1
 13500 -16.7   1.9  235  20 10   1.8   1.0 | -14.9   5.2  235  19 10   3.0   1.7
 13000 -16.4   2.5  235  18  9   2.1   1.2 | -14.4   6.1  235  17  9   3.3   1.8
 12500 -16.1   3.0  235  16  8   1.5   0.8 | -13.9   7.0  230  16  8   2.7   1.5
 12000 -15.9   3.4  235  13  7   1.3   0.7 | -13.7   7.3  230  15  8   1.7   0.9
 11750 -15.8   3.6  235  12  6   2.1   1.2 | -13.5   7.7  230  14  7   1.7   0.9
 11500 -15.6   3.9  235  11  6   2.8   1.5 | -13.4   7.9  230  14  7   1.6   0.9
 11250 -15.4   4.3  235  10  5   3.1   1.7 | -13.3   8.1  230  13  7   1.9   1.0
 11000 -15.2   4.6  235   9  4   3.7   2.0 | -13.2   8.2  225  12  6   2.0   1.1
 10750 -14.9   5.2  235   8  4   3.4   1.9 | -13.0   8.6  225  11  6   1.9   1.0
 10500 -14.7   5.5  230   7  4   2.9   1.6 | -12.9   8.8  225  11  5   1.4   0.8
 10250 -14.4   6.1  225   7  3   4.2   2.3 | -12.8   9.0  220  10  5   2.9   1.6
 10000 -14.0   6.8  225   6  3   5.5   3.0 | -12.5   9.5  220   9  5   3.9   2.1
  9750 -13.7   7.3  220   6  3   3.6   2.0 | -12.3   9.9  215   9  4   2.1   1.2
  9500 -13.5   7.7  215   6  3   1.7   1.0 | -12.2  10.0  210   8  4   0.0   0.0
  9250 -13.3   8.1  210   6  3   4.3   2.3 | -12.1  10.2  205   8  4   4.7   2.6
  9000 -12.9   8.8  205   6  3   4.8   2.7 | -11.5  11.3  200   8  4   8.2   4.5
  8750 -12.7   9.1  200   7  4   2.9   1.6 | -11.0  12.2  195   8  4   6.3   3.5
  8500 -12.4   9.7  195   7  4   4.0   2.2 | -10.5  13.1  185   7  4   7.1   3.9
  8250 -12.2  10.0  195   8  4   1.5   0.8 | -10.0  14.0  180   7  4   5.8   3.2
  8000 -12.1  10.2  190   8  4   1.9   1.0 |  -9.5  14.9  175   7  4  13.2   7.2
  7750 -11.7  10.9  185   6  3   9.6   5.3 |  -7.9  17.8  175   6  3  28.9  15.8
  7500     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  7250     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  7000     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  6750     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M

           02/21/2018 at 1400 MST          |       02/21/2018 at 1700 MST
                                           |
CAPE...     0.0    LI...       +3.7        | CAPE...     0.0    LI...       +5.4
CINH...     0.0    K Index... -18.0        | CINH...     0.0    K Index... -10.1
                                           |
Height Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate | Temperature  Wnd WndSpd  Lapse Rate
ft MSL deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft | deg C deg F  Dir kt m/s  C/km F/kft
--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
 50000 -57.8 -72.0  220  53 27   2.2   1.2 | -57.8 -72.0  225  51 26   1.9   1.1
 45000 -54.4 -65.9  220  54 28   2.1   1.2 | -54.8 -66.6  220  49 25   1.9   1.0
 40000 -55.0 -67.0  210  49 25  -0.7  -0.4 | -54.9 -66.8  215  46 23  -0.3  -0.2
 38000 -55.4 -67.7  210  47 24  -0.3  -0.2 | -55.2 -67.4  215  44 23  -0.4  -0.2
 36000 -55.6 -68.1  210  45 23  -0.3  -0.2 | -55.4 -67.7  215  42 22  -0.4  -0.2
 34000 -55.8 -68.4  215  43 22  -0.4  -0.2 | -55.7 -68.3  215  39 20  -0.6  -0.3
 32000 -52.7 -62.9  215  42 21   5.8   3.2 | -53.1 -63.6  215  39 20   4.9   2.7
 30000 -49.3 -56.7  215  40 21   6.0   3.3 | -50.2 -58.4  215  40 20   5.6   3.0
 29000 -47.2 -53.0  215  39 20   7.0   3.8 | -47.9 -54.2  220  39 20   8.2   4.5
 28000 -45.2 -49.4  215  38 19   7.0   3.8 | -45.5 -49.9  220  38 20   8.1   4.5
 27000 -43.1 -45.6  215  36 19   7.0   3.8 | -43.0 -45.4  220  37 19   8.2   4.5
 26000 -41.0 -41.8  215  35 18   7.2   3.9 | -40.6 -41.1  220  36 19   8.3   4.6
 25000 -38.8 -37.8  215  34 18   7.2   3.9 | -38.1 -36.6  220  36 18   8.3   4.6
 24000 -36.7 -34.1  215  34 17   7.2   3.9 | -35.6 -32.1  220  35 18   8.3   4.6
 23000 -34.5 -30.1  215  33 17   7.5   4.1 | -33.2 -27.8  220  34 17   7.1   3.9
 22000 -32.2 -26.0  215  32 17   7.5   4.1 | -31.1 -24.0  220  31 16   7.1   3.9
 21000 -30.0 -22.0  215  31 16   7.5   4.1 | -28.4 -19.1  215  28 15   7.1   3.9
 20000 -27.4 -17.3  220  30 16   6.6   3.6 | -26.3 -15.3  220  28 14   7.2   3.9
 19500 -26.5 -15.7  220  30 15   6.6   3.6 | -25.2 -13.4  220  28 14   7.2   3.9
 19000 -25.5 -13.9  220  29 15   6.6   3.6 | -24.1 -11.4  220  28 14   7.2   3.9
 18500 -24.5 -12.1  220  29 15   6.7   3.7 | -23.1  -9.6  220  28 14   7.2   3.9
 18000 -23.4 -10.1  220  28 15   7.7   4.2 | -22.1  -7.8  225  28 14   5.4   2.9
 17500 -22.3  -8.1  220  28 14   7.6   4.2 | -21.3  -6.3  225  27 14   5.5   3.0
 17000 -21.2  -6.2  220  27 14   6.9   3.8 | -20.5  -4.9  225  26 14   5.6   3.1
 16500 -20.2  -4.4  225  25 13   6.8   3.7 | -19.6  -3.3  230  25 13   5.6   3.1
 16000 -19.1  -2.4  225  24 13   6.8   3.7 | -18.8  -1.8  230  25 13   5.7   3.1
 15500 -18.1  -0.6  225  23 12   6.9   3.8 | -17.9  -0.2  230  23 12   5.8   3.2
 15000 -17.1   1.2  230  21 11   6.9   3.8 | -17.1   1.2  230  22 11   5.8   3.2
 14500 -16.0   3.2  230  18  9   7.2   3.9 | -16.2   2.8  230  20 10   5.8   3.2
 14000 -14.9   5.2  230  15  8   7.1   3.9 | -15.4   4.3  230  18  9   5.9   3.2
 13500 -14.1   6.6  230  13  7   4.7   2.6 | -14.6   5.7  230  17  9   5.0   2.8
 13000 -13.3   8.1  230  13  7   4.8   2.6 | -13.8   7.2  230  17  9   5.1   2.8
 12500 -12.6   9.3  230  13  6   3.6   2.0 | -13.1   8.4  230  16  8   5.3   2.9
 12000 -12.4   9.7  235  14  7   1.6   0.9 | -12.4   9.7  230  15  8   4.8   2.6
 11750 -12.3   9.9  235  15  8   2.4   1.3 | -12.1  10.2  230  15  8   4.6   2.5
 11500 -12.1  10.2  235  14  7   3.1   1.7 | -11.8  10.8  230  14  7   4.4   2.4
 11250 -11.8  10.8  235  13  7   4.2   2.3 | -11.4  11.5  230  13  7   5.2   2.9
 11000 -11.5  11.3  235  11  6   5.1   2.8 | -11.0  12.2  230  12  6   6.1   3.4
 10750 -11.2  11.8  235  10  5   3.4   1.9 | -10.6  12.9  225  12  6   4.5   2.5
 10500 -11.0  12.2  230   9  5   1.8   1.0 | -10.3  13.5  225  11  6   2.8   1.6
 10250 -10.8  12.6  225   9  4   4.3   2.4 | -10.1  13.8  220  10  5   4.5   2.5
 10000 -10.4  13.3  220   8  4   5.1   2.8 |  -9.7  14.5  215  10  5   5.2   2.8
  9750 -10.2  13.6  215   8  4   0.4   0.2 |  -9.5  14.9  215  10  5  -0.9  -0.5
  9500 -10.3  13.5  205   8  4  -2.3  -1.2 |  -9.8  14.4  210  10  5  -4.9  -2.7
  9250 -10.4  13.3  200   8  4   0.4   0.2 | -10.1  13.8  205  10  5  -3.1  -1.7
  9000 -10.2  13.6  190   8  4   7.2   3.9 | -10.2  13.6  200  10  5   0.7   0.4
  8750  -9.5  14.9  185   8  4   9.5   5.2 | -10.0  14.0  195  10  5   1.8   1.0
  8500  -8.8  16.2  180   8  4   8.5   4.7 | -10.0  14.0  185  10  5   0.4   0.2
  8250  -8.2  17.2  175   8  4   8.1   4.4 |  -9.9  14.2  180  10  5   0.6   0.3
  8000  -7.5  18.5  170   8  4  14.1   7.8 |  -9.7  14.5  180  10  5   6.7   3.7
  7750  -5.9  21.4  170   7  4  26.6  14.6 |  -8.8  16.2  175   8  4  17.7   9.7
  7500     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  7250     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  7000     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
  6750     M     M    M   M  M     M     M |     M     M    M   M  M     M     M
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This product is issued twice per day, once by approximately 0630 MST/0730 MDT
(1330 UTC).  It is not continuously monitored nor updated after its initial
issuance.

The information contained herein is based on rawinsonde observation and/or
numerical weather prediction model data taken near the Air Force Academy
in Colorado Springs, Colorado at

                   North Latitude:  38 deg 58 min 48.000 sec
                   West Longitude: 104 deg 49 min 12.000 sec
                   Elevation: 6572 feet (2003 meters)

and may not be representative of other areas along the Front Range of the
Colorado Rocky Mountains.  Note that some elevations in numerical weather
prediction models differ from actual station elevations, which can lead to
data which appear to be below ground.  Erroneous data such as these should
not be used.

The content and format of this report as well as the issuance times are subject
to change without prior notice.  Comments and suggestions are welcome and should
be directed to one of the addresses or phone numbers shown at the bottom of this
page.  To expedite a response to comments, be sure to mention your interest in
the soaring forecast.

DEFINITIONS:

CAPE (Convective Available Potential Energy) - An integrated measure of the
     energy available for convective development, also known as the positive
     area on a thermodynamic diagram.  Units are Joules per kilogram.  Larger
     values are indicative of greater instability and the possibility of
     stronger convective activity, including thunderstorms.  Values around or
     greater than 1000 suggest the possibility of severe weather should
     convective activity develop.

CIN (Convective Inhibition) - An integrated measure of the amount of energy
     needed to initiate convective activity, also known as the negative area on
     a thermodynamic diagram.  Units are Joules per kilogram.  The more negative
     this number, the more energy is required to initiate convection.  This
     inhibitive energy can be overcome through surface heating, cooling aloft,
     lifting mechanisms (orographic, frontal, gravity waves, etc.)

Convective Condensation Level - The height to which an air parcel possessing the
     average saturation mixing ratio in the lowest 4000 feet of the airmass,
     if heated sufficiently from below, will rise dry adiabatically until it
     just becomes saturated.  It estimates the base of cumulus clouds that are
     produced by surface heating only.

Convection Temperature (ConvectionT) - The surface temperature required to make
     the airmass dry adiabatic up to the given level.  It can be considered a
     "trigger temperature" for that level.

Freezing Level - The height where the temperature is zero degrees Celsius.

Height of Stable Layer - The height (between 12,000 and 18,000 feet above
     mean sea level) where the smallest lapse rate exists.  The location and
     existence of this feature is important in the generation of mountain
     waves.

K Index - A measure of stability which combines the temperature difference
     between approximately 5,000 and 18,000 feet above the surface, the amount
     of moisture at approximately 5,000 feet above the surface, and a measure
     of the dryness at approximately 10,000 feet above the surface.  Larger
     positive numbers indicate more instability and a greater likelihood of
     thunderstorm development.  One interpretation of K index values regarding
     soaring in the western United States is given in WMO Technical Note 158
     and is reproduced in the following table:

          below -10    no or weak thermals
           -10 to 5    dry thermals or 1/8 cumulus with moderate thermals
            5 to 15    good soaring conditions
           15 to 20    good soaring conditions with occasional showers
           20 to 30    excellent soaring conditions, but increasing
                       probability of showers and thunderstorms
           above 30    more than 60 percent probability of thunderstorms

Lapse Rate - The change with height of the temperature. Negative values indicate
     inversions.

Lifted Condensation Level - The height to which an air parcel possessing the
     average dew point in the lowest 4000 feet of the airmass and the forecast
     maximum temperature must be lifted dry adiabatically to attain saturation.

Lifted Index (LI) - The difference between the environmental temperature at a
     level approximately 18,000 feet above the surface and the temperature of
     an air parcel lifted dry adiabatically from the surface to its lifted
     condensation level and then pseudoadiabatically thereafter to this same
     level.  The parcel`s initial temperature is the forecast maximum
     temperature and its dew point is the average dew point in the lowest 4000
     feet of the airmass.  Negative values are indicative of instability with
     positive values showing stable conditions.

Lift Rate - An experimental estimate of the strength of thermals.  It is
     computed the same way as the maximum rate of lift but uses the actual
     level rather than the maximum height of thermals in the calculation.
     Also, none of the empirical adjustments based on cloudiness and K-index
     are applied to these calculations.

Maximum Height of Thermals - The height where the dry adiabat through the
     forecast maximum temperature intersects the environmental temperature.

Maximum Rate of Lift - An estimate of the maximum strength of thermals.  It
     is computed from an empirical formula which combines the expected maximum
     height of thermals with the difference in the environmental temperatures
     between the maximum height of thermals and the temperature 4,000 feet
     above the ground.  After this computation, further empirical adjustments
     are made based on the value of the K-index and the amount and opacity of
     middle and high level cloudiness expected between the time of trigger
     temperature and the time of overdevelopment.

Middle/High Clouds - The amount and opacity of middle (altostratus, altocumulus)
     or high (cirrus, cirrostratus, cirrocumulus) clouds.  Broken means that
     between 60% and 90% of the sky is covered by the cloud, with overcast
     conditions occurring when more than 90% of the sky is covered by the cloud.
     Thin implies that the clouds are predominantly transparent, meaning that
     some sunlight is reaching the ground, in contrast to opaque which suggests
     that little sunlight is reaching the ground.

Potential Height of Wave - The minimum of the following two heights:
     1. Level above the height of stable layer (or 14,000 feet if none exists)
        where the wind direction changes by 30 degrees or more
     2. Level above the height of stable layer (or 14,000 feet if none exists)
        where the wind speed no longer increases with height

PVA/NVA - Positive vorticity advection (PVA)/negative vorticity advection (NVA)
     on the 500 millibar isobaric surface (approximately 18,000 feet above mean
     sea level).  Weak PVA has been shown to assist in mountain wave soaring.

Soaring Window - The time between the time the trigger temperature is reached
                 and the time of overdevelopment.

Thermal Index - The difference between the environmental temperature and the
     temperature at a particular level determined by following the dry adiabat
     through the forecast maximum temperature up to that level.  Negative values
     are indicative of thermal lift.

Thermal Soaring Index - An adjective rating (for sailplanes) based on the
     computed maximum rate of lift, and the wind speed and middle and high
     cloud cover expected during the soaring window (the time of the trigger
     temperature and the time of overdevelopment) according to the following:

                 Maximum rate of lift        Adjective Rating
                      >= 800 fpm                 Excellent
                 >= 400 and < 800 fpm              Good
                 >= 200 and < 400 fpm              Fair
                       < 200 fpm                   Poor

Time of Overdevelopment - The time one or more of the following phenomena,
     which essentially shut off thermal lift, is expected to occur:
     1. formation of broken to overcast convective cloud cover
     2. formation of scattered to numerous downbursts
     3. initiation of widespread precipitation

Time of Trigger Temperature - The time the surface temperature is expected to
     reach the trigger temperature.

Trigger Temperature - The surface temperature required to make the first 4000
     feet of the atmosphere dry adiabatic.

Wave Soaring Index - An empirical, adjective rating (for sailplanes) which
     attempts to combine a variety of phenomena important in mountain wave
     soaring into a single index number.  Objective points are assigned to
     these phenomena: wind speed and direction at 14,000 ft MSL, the static
     stability in the 12,000-18,000 ft MSL layer, the wind speed gradient above
     the stable layer, jet stream location and frontal and upper trough
     movements.

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