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National Weather Service Pueblo Colorado
250 PM MDT sun Aug 28 2016

Short term...(this evening through monday)
issued at 250 PM MDT sun Aug 28 2016

..threat for heavy rainfall increases for Monday...

Upper low continues to slowly move eastward across northeast Arizona into
northwest nm...spreading moisture to the northeast into southern Colorado.
Dew points have come up across the mountains as compared to
yesterday with readings still in the upper 30s and 40s. With lobes
of energy rotating around the upper low which stalls out across northwest
nm tonight...should see rounds of showers and thunderstorms across
the area through the evening and overnight hours. Main focus for
thunderstorms through this evening...besides the mountains...will be
across El Paso County along an east to west surface boundary along
the north side of the persistent klhx sfc low. Another convergence
axis resides along the northern slows of the Raton ridge...arching
northeastward towards klaa. Eventually outflow boundaries will shift
activity eastward from the Pikes Peak region into the southeast
plains during the evening and overnight hours. In fact both nam12
and GFS keep activity going across the eastern third of the area
until 12z...with more isolated activity confined to the mountain
areas. Hard to argue with this given a modest low level jet
overnight across the plains. Will hang on to scattered pops for the
plains through 09z...with pops tailing down towards morning. Will
maintain some spotty isolated pops through the night out west where
active moisture plume around north side of the upper low will
persist. Heavy rainfall and locally gusty winds will be the primary
storm threats through the evening...though some small hail will also
be possible with the isolated stronger storms. Low temperatures
tonight should be a tad warmer given more cloud cover.

Dew points increase further for Monday with flow more deeply
easterly. Instead of the northwest storm motions we are seeing
today...storms will be moving more towards the west tomorrow. There
will be more clouds...which could hamper heating/instability
some...but with upslope and another vort lobe rotating around
northern periphery of stalled out filling upper low...should see
more widespread thunderstorm activity for the mountains. Could be
some training cells along the eastern slopes and models seem to be
targeting the Pikes Peak region tomorrow afternoon for heavier quantitative precipitation forecast.
Deep layer shears will remain weak...but with the potential for
deeper moisture and perhaps a little better cape...main threat will
be for locally heavy rainfall with burn scars the most vulnerable
for flash flooding. Some small hail and locally gusty winds will
also accompany the stronger storms. Highs tomorrow should end up
around 5-10 degrees cooler than those of today. -Kt

Long term...(monday night through sunday)
issued at 250 PM MDT sun Aug 28 2016

Monday night-Tuesday night...no big changes to current forecast, as
weakening upper circulation slowly moves across southern Colorado
and into the Central High plains into Tuesday night. Moisture and
upper level divergence associated with the system will be in place
across the area, and along with weak upslope flow and late Summer
solar heating, there will continue to see daily chances of showers
and storms across the region. Best coverage of storms will be in the
afternoon and evening hours, though cant rule out a few late night
or early morning showers or storms across the area through Tuesday
night. The expected slow movement of storms and possible training of
storms will lead to the potential for locally heavy rain and
localized flash flooding, especially across area burn scars.
Temperatures look to be at or slightly cooler than seasonal levels
for through Tuesday.

Wednesday-Sunday...upper level ridging builds across he state
Wednesday, and increasing southwest flow aloft across the area
Thursday and Friday, as a deep upper trough across the West Coast
digs across Great Basin Thursday, and then lifts out across the
northern rockies on Friday. Some model differences arise with the
amount of moisture streaming into the area from the south on
Thursday, and with the possibility of secondary energy digging across
the region next Sunday. At any rate, a brief downturn in convection
looks to be in the offing on Wednesday, with an uptick in convection
once again Thursday and especially Friday, especially across the
contdvd with proximity to passing system. Temperatures through the
end of next week to be at and above seasonal averages.

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Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Monday evening)
issued at 250 PM MDT sun Aug 28 2016

Thunderstorm focus will gradually shift eastward into the plains
tonight...while maintaining at least some isolated showers and
thunderstorms through the overnight hours across the mountains and
far southeast plains. While ceilings will remain VFR for the
terminals...localized MVFR visible and erratic wind gusts to around 40
kts will be possible in and near thunderstorms through this evening.
An uptick in thunderstorms will continue into Monday as an old
weather system stalls out across northern New Mexico. This will put
deep easterly upslope flow across the region with thunderstorms
developing over the mountains by late morning. Threat for locally
heavy rainfall will increase on Monday with the possibility of some
brief MVFR ceilings/IFR visible under the stronger storms Monday afternoon
and evening. -Kt

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Pub watches/warnings/advisories...
none.
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