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National Weather Service Denver/Boulder Colorado
354 PM MDT Friday Jul 29 2016

Short term...(this evening through saturday)
issued at 303 PM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Dewpoints have remained high across the plains and temperatures
have slowly warmed however storms so far that have attempted to
move off the higher terrain of Larimer and Boulder counties and
the Cheyenne Ridge have weakened and died when they hit the
plains. An experimental sounding launched at 21z by the csu atmos
dept still shows a well defined stable layer just below 700 mb so
this agrees with the storm trend so far. Storms have increased
recently north of cys and across western NE ahead of a weak upper
level shortwave seen in the water vapor imagery. Meanwhile at the
surface there is a Denver cyclone in place and while the
associated convergence zone does not look that strong there is
some gathering of towering cumulus near and south of dia so
potentially this could still be an initiation area for storms. But
still looks like we will never overcome the convective inhibition
on the plains so will need to rely on storms moving into the area.
The NCEP hrrrs remain fairly consistent with bringing storms off
the Cheyenne Ridge southward across the eastern plains this
evening with a trend to be a little later in doing this so have so
upscale growth and storms after midnight. Meanwhile the 18z 4km
NAM still kills any storms moving off the Cheyenne Ridge with
nothing on the plains this evening. We are seeing a collection of
strong storms just north and NW of cys right now and maybe these
will be the ones that make it south over the next few hours. Given
the moisture and shear should the storms survive there certainly
is the chance they could be severe and supercellular with large
hail and strong winds the main threat...but it remains a tricky
forecast for sure.

Tomorrow all models are drier even though dewpoints do remain
fairly high. Moisture though should be shallower and the cap will
be strong, but temperatures will be higher still than today so
kept a minimal chance of late day storms in most areas.

Long term...(saturday night through friday)
issued at 303 PM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Broad upper level ridge extending eastward from srn
California to the lower Mississippi River valley is forecast to
meander back and forth during the extending period of the forecast.
Shifts in the ridge will allow northward intrusions of subtropical
moisture up over The Four Corners region starting late on Sunday.
Models show a steady rise in deep layer precipitable water/specific humidity values
prior to the passage of a mid-level shortwave trough forecast to
propagate slowly across Colorado Sunday afternoon/evening. Moisture
peaks over the forecast area that evening and with light transport
winds...potential exits for isolated/widely scattered storms capable
of rainfall amounts of quarter to half inch in under 30 minutes.
Hail also possible...mainly on the plains during the evening
hours...although the threat over severe hail appears low. Shortwave
is progged to move east of the County Warning Area on Monday taking with it the
plume of monsoonal subtropical moisture. But lingering low level
moisture and solar heating should have little trouble generating
isolated to widely scattered T-storms over and near the Front Range
mtns by late afternoon. By evening could see a few storms drift out
over the plains with light swly flow aloft where most if not all of
this convection should dissipate by midnight.

For the remainder of the week...models show the upper ridge centered
over the southern Great Plains where it strengthen and amplifies
northward over the upper Midwest. In doing so...south-southwesterly
monsoonal flow re-establishes over the Desert Southwest which then
drives another well organized plume of subtropical moisture up over
Colorado. By Thursday precipitable water values surge well over an inch over western
Colorado. Models also show a weak disturbance embedded in this flow
providing additional lift and instability for a good chance of the
showers and T-storms over the western valleys and high country
areas of Colorado. It's probably not until evening when the northeast
plains may join in on the storm activity with the arrival of a
fairly strong cold front and the development of a moist upslope
flow. GFS is cranking out pretty high qpf values along the Front
Range and over the Palmer Divide for the evening. Certainly too
early to have much confidence in this forecast...but something to
watch develop in future model runs. Friday could be just as active
should moisture linger and upslope flow continue. Otherwise Friday
looks cooler with plains temperatures possibly as much as 8-10
degs f below average for the date.


Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Saturday evening)
issued at 303 PM MDT Fri Jul 29 2016

Center of the Denver cyclone circulation is just to the southeast
of dia and do not see why it should change over the next few
hours. Again not sure if any forcing associated with this will be
enough to initiate storms but it is possible. Otherwise the chance
of a potentially strong storm would come later, after 00z and
maybe not until after 02z, with the threat possibly lingering
until 06z. Less of a chance at bjc and about equal chance of
storms at apa. Drainage flow late tonight then probably another
Denver cyclone type circulation tomorrow but overall less chance
of storms.


Bou watches/warnings/advisories...


Short term...szoke
long term...Baker

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