FXUS65 KBOU 301718

Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO
1118 AM MDT THU JUN 30 2016

Issued at 1109 AM MDT Thu Jun 30 2016

Some small adjustments this morning. Midlevel winds have turned
out to be a bit less than last night`s models were showing, with
the stronger winds staying along the northern border and
northward. 500 mb wind across Denver, Grand Junction, and Salt
Lake City was forecast to be 15 knots but was actually 5-10 knots
on the 12z soundings. It looks like the 12z NAM has successfully
picked up on this and is showing lighter winds aloft again like it
showed yesterday. This would suggest cell motions around 10 knots
with some tendency for back building. Thus a lower severe threat
and an increased flash flood threat for later today. Still looking
like an early afternoon band of lift that will be hampered by
temperatures a little below convective temperature due to the
cloud cover and still some dry air below cloud base, then another
area of lift this evening coming over a nearly saturated
environment. There will probably be some storms forming with a
little sun in the break later this afternoon as well, so I don`t
want to overplay the timing.

Considering a flash flood watch for this evening. Still questions
about any focus especially since earlier convection might mess up
the larger scale upslope flow. But a good chance of some kind of
boundary/inflow interaction that could aid anchoring or training
of storms in a generally favorable environment. It could wind up
being a medium risk with all the ingredients but nothing real
strong or focused. Some heavy rain possible with storms this
afternoon but more localized and the environment is not as good


.SHORT TERM...(Today and tonight)
Issued at 309 AM MDT Thu Jun 30 2016

An upper level high will remain across the srn Rockies as a series
of weak disturbances in wly flow aloft move across nrn CO mainly
this aftn and tonight.  At the surface sfc low pres will be over srn
CO as a fnt moves into nern CO by midday with ene low lvl flow by
aftn.  PW`s are fcst to range from 1.10" to 1.20" by aftn over nern
CO and then fm 1.20" to 1.30" by this evening.  However with mid lvl
flow ranging fm 20-30 kts storms will be rather fast moving this
aftn. Appears first round of storms will move across the front
range by early aftn and then across the plains by mid to late
aftn. With favorable shear profile will probably see a few svr
storms with marginal large hail along with gusty winds to 60 mph.
Over the higher terrain will see a good chc of showers and tstms
as well. As for highs will keep readings in the lower to mid 80s
across the plains.

For tonight another round of showers and tstms will dvlp early this
evening over the higher terrain and then move east across the front
range and plains by mid to late evening as a 2nd disturbance tracks
across nrn CO. The mid lvl flow aloft tonight may decreases to
15-20 kts so the storms will be slower moving. With high pw`s
certainly could see some localized heavier rainfall in a few areas
with 1.5 to 2 inches in less than 30 minutes.

.LONG TERM...(Friday through Wednesday)
Issued at 309 AM MDT Thu Jun 30 2016

On Friday, upper level high pressure will be centered over central
Texas with subtropical moisture flowing into Colorado from the
southwest. PW`s remain high with values in excess of 1.20 inches in
Denver and around 1.50 inches across the far northeastern plains.
Soundings also show quite a bit of instability with capes greater
than 1000 J/KG. As a result we should see scattered afternoon and
evening showers and storms with heavy rain and some hail across
north central and northeastern Colorado.

On Saturday, a shortwave will move across the state with moisture
levels decreasing somewhat. However, PW`s still remain above 1.00
inch. Should still see scattered afternoon and evening showers and
storms, with the best chance for heavy rain and small hail across
the far eastern plains.

Warmer and drier weather returns to north central and northeastern
Colorado on Sunday as upper level high pressure builds over the
Rocky Mountain Region. There should be just enough moisture combined
with daytime heating to produce isolated to scattered afternoon and
evening showers and storms mainly across higher elevations through
the 4th of July.

On Tuesday, an elongated upper level ridge of high pressure
stretches from Baja Mexico into Texas, with an upper level trough of
low pressure over the Pacific Northwest. Colorado lies between these
two systems under the influence of a dry westerly flow aloft. This
pattern should result in hot and dry weather in Denver, with
temperatures in the 90s. There should be just enough low level
moisture to produce a few storms across the far northeastern plains.

On Wednesday, the upper high intensifies over central New Mexico
with dry weather and above normal temperatures across all of the
CWA. The plains should see temperatures in the low to upper 90s.


.AVIATION...(For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Friday afternoon)
Issued at 1109 AM MDT Thu Jun 30 2016

VFR conditions this afternoon but a couple waves of scattered
showers and thunderstorms are expected. Localized MVFR is possible
in the showers along with variable winds gusting to 30 knots. KDEN
traffic may need instrument approaches due to the ceilings and

More widespread rain and thunderstorms are expected tonight with
areas of MVFR conditions.


Issued at 309 AM MDT Thu Jun 30 2016

A few areas will receive from 1 to 2 inches of rain this
afternoon and tonight with isolated amounts up to 3 inches across
portions of the plains and northern foothills. A few spots may
experience flash flooding however at this time widespread flash
flooding is not expected.


.BOU Watches/Warnings/Advisories...


LONG TERM...Kalina

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