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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
402 AM MDT Sun May 27 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 400 AM MDT Sun May 27 2018


Low level moisture is surging northward across the plains early
this morning with dewpoints pushing into the mid 50s from
Sterling to Akron to Limon. The dewpoints are expected to nudge a
little higher through this morning, and then flatten out with
daytime heating/mixing. The higher dewpoints and some cooling
aloft associated with falling heights and the slow moving upper
level low over the Great Basin will combine to increase
instability significantly. By this afternoon, forecast soundings
over the eastern Colorado plains would suggest surface CAPES near
3000 J/kg using a T/Td of 86/54. Mixed layer CAPE is equally
impressive with values of 2000-2500 J/kg along and just ahead of
a developing dryline. This dryline will be the focus for
strong/severe convection this afternoon. At this time, the most
likely location for the dryline by mid afternoon appears to be
from near Cheyenne to just east of Greeley and then to around
Limon. The flow aloft is southerly and models sometimes struggle
with overmixing during these types of events (upper low to our
west and upward Q-G forcing in place). As a result, we have backed
up the severe weather threat just a tad across the plains today.

We took a look at High Resolution Ensemble Forecasts (HREF) for
today as well and those suggest the same scenario. We still have
to get rid of the upper level cirrus shield (which foiled yesterday`s
record temp forecast) but synthetic imagery shows that pushing
east and current trends also back that up. Therefore, the cirrus
should not be a negative factor in convective initiation. Finally,
CIPS Analog data supports the severe weather threat from the
northern border/Cheyenne area east/southeast across the plains
toward Limon. There will be a threat of very large hail given the
large CAPE, 0-6km bulk shear of 30-45 knots supporting rotating
updrafts and strong mesocyclones, and dry air aloft. One or two
tornadoes will also be possible with sufficient helicity (0-1 km
in the 50-100 m2/s2 range, and 0-3km of 200-300 m2/s2). Those
larger values will be over the northeastern corner of the state.

The bulk of this convection and severe potential will likely shift
north and east rather quickly late this afternoon and early
evening. However, there is some threat of redevelopment behind it
with an easterly low level upslope push, so will have to monitor
that potential closer to the Front Range and I-25 Corridor. Right
now, that favors locations closer to Fort Collins. Later tonight,
areas of low clouds and a few showers/thunderstorms will likely
redevelop behind a cold front pushing across the plains.

Until then, one more very warm day to get through before cooling
arrives for tomorrow. Fire danger will reach critical if not
extreme levels in Park County...more in Fire Weather section.

.LONG TERM...(Monday through Saturday)
Issued at 400 AM MDT Sun May 27 2018

Deep upper low closed off over Utah Monday morning will continue to
produce fairly strong south-southwest flow aloft over eastern
Colorado. At lower levels, a sfc low spinning in sern Colorado will
be responsible for a moist sfc-700mb upslope flow along the Front
Range during the morning hours. Could see 50F deg sfc dewpoints as
far west as the I-25 corridor. Many areas on the plains could wake
up to a broken layer of stratus/stratocumulus clouds as indicated by
model cross sections and soundings. May even see a few sprinkles
north and east of the Denver metro area. Later in the day, models
show an upper disturbance swinging northeastward out of the
southern Rockies toward the central High Plains, picking up the sfc
low along the way. Both features are expected to interact with a
moderately moist and unstable airmass resulting in isolated to
scattered afternoon thunderstorms on the plains, with the strongest
ascent and shear focused along a sfc trough/convergence zone
extending north from the sfc low near Limon midday. With the
enhanced southwesterly flow aloft overspreading the moist low-level
southeasterlies east of the aforementioned sfc trough, shear will
favor the development isolated organized/supercell storms. Moist
outflow from storms initiating along and east of this sfc trough
could produce new storm development along the Front Range later in
the afternoon with passage of yet another weak upper air yet due to
disturbance. The eastern most t-storms will probably have the
best chance to turn severe, with large hail and damaging winds
the main threats. However, a couple storm cells associated with
the second wave of storms moving off the northern Front Range
could also turn severe assuming the morning cloud cover burns off
early enough to allow for adequate heating of the boundary layer.
Nevertheless, cannot rule out an isolated tornado or two with
both storm complexes with favorable shear in place. The Storm
Prediction Center has nearly all of northeast Colorado in a Slight
Risk for Severe Monday. The high country should also see its
share of showers and t-storms but a drier sub- cloud environment
may lead to more gusty outflow winds than actual wetting rainfall.
Temperatures Monday will continue to lower with cooling aloft as
the upper trough nears.

Monday night and Tuesday, the western upper trough is forecast to
migrate east-northeastward over Wyoming and northern Colorado
bringing more clouds and another round of showers and afternoon
thunderstorms to the forecast region. Will go with high scattered
PoPs in the high country and far northeast plains during the
afternoon/evening hours, and generally isolated storm coverage
elsewhere. Storm intensities should not be as great due to less
favorable shear and less solar heating.

By Wednesday, moisture associated with the upper trough is progged
to move east of the region, only to be replaced by another batch of
moist and unstable air connected to a shortwave trough lifting out
of the lower Great Basin. Could see scattered to numerous showers
and t-storms develop in the high country by late morning or early
afternoon, and isolated to scattered t-storms on the plains aided by
warmer temperatures. Thursday and beyond, the airmass over Colorado
warms and dries significantly as models show a strong upper ridge
building over the Great Plains. This places the forecast area under
a rather strong southwest flow aloft. Rising temperatures, falling
humidities and gusty winds on Friday could once again create high
wildland fire danger for portions of the CWA.


.AVIATION...(For the 06Z TAFS through 06Z Sunday night)
Issued at 400 AM MDT Sun May 27 2018

VFR conditions will likely give way to stratus and MVFR/possible
IFR ceilings later tonight. For today, the dry southwest flow
aloft should keep storm development just to the east of the Denver
area airports including KDEN. However, they will likely impact the
northeast and southeast approach gates between 20Z and 01Z with
more widespread convective development there. Southerly winds
should prevail through 15Z, although a weak northerly push
associated with northern high plains convection may bring a
light/variable wind for a few hours 15Z-18Z. Then stronger
south/southeast winds around 15G25 knots expected 18Z-01Z, before
transitioning more easterly and then northerly tonight behind a
front. This front will also bring an increase in moisture and thus
stratus development with MVFR ceilings is likely after 06Z, with a
lower chance of IFR ceilings.


Issued at 400 AM MDT Sun May 27 2018

Another very warm and breezy day with extremely low humidity in
Park County will bring Red Flag conditions there. Winds will be a
little stronger today and more sunshine can be expected so
critical to extreme conditions are forecast. The southern
foothills in southern Jefferson/Western Douglas Counties will
also approach Red Flag conditions where fuels are sufficiently
dry. Elsewhere, sufficient spring green-up will keep fire danger
on the low side.


Red Flag Warning from noon today to 9 PM MDT this evening for



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