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|Sunrise 5:36AM||Sunset 8:31PM||Sunday July 5, 2020 2:59 PM MDT (20:59 UTC)||Moonrise 9:21PM||Moonset 5:54AM||Illumination 100%|
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Area Discussion for - Denver/Boulder, CO  (on/off)  Help NOTE: mouseover dotted underlined text for definition
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Area Forecast Discussion National Weather Service Denver/Boulder CO 1118 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
UPDATE. Issued at 1115 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
Convective cloudiness is beginning to develop over the mountains and higher foothills. There are no echoes on the area radars yet. Today's convection will start later than yesterday's. Current precipitable water values are lower across the CWA compared to yesterday at this time. Models show weak downward vertical motion on the QG Omega fields for the CWA this afternoon and evening. Current pops are okay for now. Will adjust some wind grids in GFE.
SHORT TERM. (Today and tonight) Issued at 335 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
As an upper disturbance continues to sink south across southeastern Colorado, an upper level ridge will reestablish itself over the state. Drier air will be over the forecast area with precipitable water values about 1/4 to 1/3 of an inch lower than yesterday's readings. Expect similar temperatures and CAPE values slightly less, around 800 to 1000 J/kg, compared to yesterday. This will result in scattered showers and thunderstorms, starting a bit later in the day compared to yesterday without the extra lift from the disturbance. Storms will fire off the high terrain just after noon, then take their time to spread across the urban corridor late afternoon to early evening, continuing over the eastern plains this evening. With loss of moisture, expect mostly light rain, lightning and gusty outflow winds to be the main hazards from storms. A few stronger storms may see severe strength windspeeds, mainly east of the I-25 corridor and north of I-70. As they travel further east where better moisture resides, could see better rain amounts and some small hail.
Storms will die off and exit the area to the southeast this evening, done by midnight. Lows will be similar to this morning's readings, but a degree or two cooler due to drier air working its way in from the west.
LONG TERM. (Monday through Saturday) Issued at 335 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
. Hot and dry weather will be the rule for much of the upcoming week .
Monday will see a continuation of slight drying aloft with a little more westerly component on the northern periphery of the building subtropical ridge over the Desert Southwest. However, there will still be sufficient moisture to produce isolated to scattered afternoon storms, with the highest coverage over the elevated terrain of the mountains, Palmer Divide, and Cheyenne Ridge. There should also be a little more coverage along a surface convergence zone stretching from the Palmer Divide east/northeast onto the plains. That should be enough to provide a little focus and a couple slightly stronger storms there - enough to produce brief heavy rain and gusty winds. No severe weather is expected as MLCAPE is under 1000 J/kg in a weakly sheared environment.
On Tuesday, the flow aloft will strengthen as a shortwave trough kicks out of the deep Pacific Northwest trough, and moves across the northern Rockies. This flattens the ridge a bit, resulting in further downslope and warming. Highs should reach the mid to upper 90s across all of the plains. We should still see isolated afternoon convection thanks to strong solar insolation, and low level moisture convergence along a developing lee trough. Points just east/southeast of Denver would be most favored for any high based storms with brief rain and gusty winds. Fire danger will increase Tuesday and remain elevated through the week - see more details in the Fire Weather section below.
By Wednesday, the drier air aloft will take hold and likely prevent any convection from developing. High temperatures will likely warm a couple more degrees, with a few spots (lower elevations) touching 100F on the plains under mostly sunny skies.
By Thursday, we may see a weak backdoor cool front/moisture surge out of storms in Nebraska. So, perhaps a couple degrees cooling along with a chance of isolated storms over the northeast plains. Otherwise, not much change expected.
If you don't like heat, it's not looking good for Friday into next weekend as high temperatures will have potential to reach the 100F degree mark in Denver. That, of course, depends on the evolution of the subtropical high over the Desert Southwest and whether or not we'd be open to any slight cooling from any convective complexes over the Central Plains. Right now, the ensembles are suggesting a flatter ridge and thus hotter and drier conditions than what the operational GFS would suggest. That would keep fire danger elevated and not much chance of precipitation until perhaps late in the weekend or early next week.
AVIATION. (For the 18Z TAFS through 18Z Monday afternoon) Issued at 1115 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
Models keep a southerly component to the low level winds are DIA through this evening when they go right back to normal drainage patters. Thunderstorms in the vicinity could alter that direction. Gusts to 40 knots are possible wit the storms. There shouldn't be any ceiling issues this afternoon through overnight.
FIRE WEATHER. Issued at 335 AM MDT Sun Jul 5 2020
Hot temperatures and low humidity readings developing over the area by Tuesday and remaining in place through the rest of the week will bring an extended period of elevated fire danger. Winds are expected to increase a little Tuesday, with conditions approaching Red Flag criteria in the high mountain valleys. Those conditions will likely persist through the end of the week with the weather pattern changing very little.
BOU WATCHES/WARNINGS/ADVISORIES. None.
UPDATE . RJK SHORT TERM . Kriederman LONG TERM . Barjenbruch AVIATION . RJK FIRE WEATHER . Barjenbruch
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|Buckley Air Force Base Airport, CO||7 mi||2 hrs||SSE 3||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||85°F||46°F||26%||1013 hPa|
|Denver, Denver International Airport, CO||13 mi||66 min||S 9 G 18||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||90°F||46°F||22%||1010.6 hPa|
|Denver - Centennial Airport, CO||14 mi||66 min||Var 3||10.00 mi||Partly Cloudy||89°F||43°F||20%||1012 hPa|
|Broomfield / Jeffco, CO||16 mi||72 min||S 7||20.00 mi||Mostly Cloudy||90°F||41°F||18%||1020.3 hPa|
|Erie Municipal Airport, CO||19 mi||66 min||N 0||10.00 mi||Fair||88°F||37°F||17%||1020.3 hPa|
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