Area Forecast Discussion
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FXUS65 KGJT 161711

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Grand Junction CO
1111 AM MDT Mon Jul 16 2018

.SHORT TERM...(Today through Tuesday)
Issued at 445 AM MDT Mon Jul 16 2018

High pressure has repositioned to the west as models had
predicted allowing northwest flow to erode subtropical moisture
across areas north of the I-70 corridor. Meanwhile, deep moisture
lingered over southeast Utah and southwest Colorado. Despite the
decreased moisture across the north, enough remains to fuel
isolated to scattered thunderstorms over the northern and central
mountains from late morning into the evening. More of the same is
expected across the south where precipitable water values of over
an inch remained according to SPC mesoanalysis. As a result,
expect storms will be numerous over the San Juan Mountains. Slow
southward propagating storms pose the threat of excessive rainfall
to the 416 and Burro fire`s burn scars. Flash Flood Watch already
in place appears well warranted. Early morning sunshine across
the north will drive temperatures back above normal while
southeast Utah and southwest Colorado can expect little change.

Shower and thunderstorm activity will linger well into the
evening, but diurnal cooling will bring an end to all but a few
showers after midnight. Expect another round of diurnal showers
and thunderstorms on Tuesday. Moisture levels will be largely
unchanged, but it appears enhanced orographic lift resulting from
a more westerly flow at ridge level will bring increased
thunderstorms activity to the northern and central mountains. The
San Juans, La Sals and Abajo Mountains will continue to be quite
active with heavy rain a continued threat. Afternoon highs aren`t
likely to change much given zonal flow and continued diurnally
driven shower and thunderstorm activity.

.LONG TERM...(Tuesday night through Sunday)
Issued at 445 AM MDT Mon Jul 16 2018

500 mb high pressure centered over California will slowly shift
eastward to the Four Corners by Thursday afternoon. Available
moisture tap which streamed northward from a tropical disturbance
to the south today will get cut off as high pressure wraps this
moisture out toward the west coast. The 1+ inch PWAT values which
have been supporting our heavy rains will decrease to 0.50 inch to
0.75 inch across eastern UT and western CO by midweek. Forecast
models do indicate a decrease in afternoon showers and
thunderstorms due to the drier air across the region through
Thursday. 40 to 50 kt upper level jet supports elevated afternoon
winds across NE Utah and NW Colorado.

Forecast models are fairly consistent with shifting high pressure
aloft southeastward next weekend and increasing available
moisture again to near 1 inch PWAT. Expect an increase in
afternoon convection and moderate to heavy rains next Friday
through Sunday.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Tuesday afternoon)
Issued at 1104 AM MDT Mon Jul 16 2018

Drier air arriving from the northwest eroded subtropical moisture
over northeast Utah as well and northwest and central Colorado,
while subtropical moisture remained over southwest CO and
southeast UT. As happened Sunday, showers and thunderstorms will
be fewer and less likely to impact TAF sites along and north of
the I-70 corridor, though there is a little more energy supporting
thunderstorms in the north so they my be stronger and moving from
west to east with more pace. In the south, slow-moving
thunderstorms will become widespread, especially over the
mountains this afternoon through this evening. Storms are likely
to briefly impact KTEX and KDRO. Heavy rain could result in brief
MVFR visibility with outflow winds of 20 to 30 MPH. Outflow winds
may impact TAF sites along the I-70 corridor as well with gusts of
30 to 40 MPH possible. When not impacted by
showers/thunderstorms, and for all other TAF sites not previously
mentioned, expect VFR conditions.


CO...Flash Flood Watch through this evening for COZ019-022.



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