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Current Conditions

  • 37°
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSW 7 mph
  • Humidity: 70%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 28°
  • Pressure: 30.01 in. -
  • Heat Index: 32

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5 Day Forecast

  • Friday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 75 °
  • Low: 46 °
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • Saturday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 66 °
  • Low: 41 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Sunday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 68 °
  • Low: 39 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Monday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 72 °
  • Low: 48 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Tuesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 79 °
  • Low: 45 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 3:00 AM MDT on April 18, 2014

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy. High of 75F. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Friday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain, then a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Saturday

    Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 66F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 41F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy. High of 68F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 39F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East after midnight.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 72F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 48F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 79F. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 45F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 64F. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 32F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the North after midnight.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy. High of 50F. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear. High of 61F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Clear. Low of 32F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 72F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 34F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy. High of 63F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 36F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy. High of 64F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear. Low of 36F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 12:51 AM MDT

Temperature: 44 °F Dew Point: 23 °F Humidity: 43% Wind: SSW at 2 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 44 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest LACY CO US UPR, Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:40 PM MDT

Temperature: 44 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 44 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 2:06 AM MDT

Temperature: 41.1 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 56% Wind: East at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.99 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest NWCSLE CO US UPR, New Castle, CO

Updated: 1:10 AM MDT

Temperature: 40 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 40 °F Graphs

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 2:00 AM MDT

Temperature: 38.3 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 65% Wind: NNE at 1.0 mph Pressure: 30.04 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 38 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 2:06 AM MDT

Temperature: 35.9 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: NE at 1.0 mph Pressure: 30.01 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 36 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest CHACRA CO US UPR, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 1:10 AM MDT

Temperature: 43 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 43 °F Graphs

Location: HADS GLENWOOD SPRINGS CO US NWS, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 1:00 AM MDT

Temperature: 40 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 40 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 2:06 AM MDT

Temperature: 38.5 °F Dew Point: 28 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: SE at 7.0 mph Pressure: 30.01 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 33 °F Graphs

Location: HCN ROAN PLATEAU RIFLE 23 NW CO US, Parachute, CO

Updated: 1:20 AM MDT

Temperature: 45 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 45 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS STORM KING MOUNTAIN CO US, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 1:12 AM MDT

Temperature: 41 °F Dew Point: 17 °F Humidity: 37% Wind: WNW at 4 mph Pressure: 30.35 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 38 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS DEEP CREEK CO US, New Castle, CO

Updated: 12:55 AM MDT

Temperature: 38 °F Dew Point: 16 °F Humidity: 40% Wind: South at 4 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 35 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
1030 PM MDT Thursday Apr 17 2014 


Short term...(this evening through Friday night) 
issued at 121 PM MDT Thursday Apr 17 2014 


High pressure passes over the forecast area tonight giving way to 
dual Pacific systems coming onshore Friday morning. The northern 
system in the Pacific northwest will track through the northern rockies 
providing some weak upper level support. The more important low 
approaches from the SW transporting significant moisture. Friday 
forecast soundings show inverted v profiles with enough cape to 
justify a mention of afternoon-early evening thunderstorms. Precipitation 
water values surge from 0.3 inches to 0.6 inches into the 
southern valleys overnight. The top-down filling of the inverted v 
profile often leads to gusty winds and have added scattered 
nighttime probability of precipitation with wind gusts to 25 miles per hour. There is some potential 
for stronger gusts and more widespread showers. Snow levels around 
10kft Friday afternoon drop to around 8kft overnight. A few inches 
of accumulation are possible in the southern mountains overnight. 


Long term...(saturday through thursday) 
issued at 121 PM MDT Thursday Apr 17 2014 


Expect a dreary start to the weekend with a swath of subtropical 
moisture over the region on Saturday producing mostly overcast 
skies and scattered showers. These showers will spread from 
southwest to northeast throughout the day and be aided in growth 
by topography and daytime heating in the afternoon. The NAM model 
is parched on its precipitation coverage forecast which keeps 
precipitation over southwest Colorado and along the central mountains rather 
than the GFS/ec solution which brings a widespread area of showers 
from The Four Corners northeast to the Flattop mountains most of 
northwest Colorado and northeast Utah looks to stay out of the bulk of 
precipitation on Saturday but there could still be a few isolated 
showers around. The chance for thunderstorms exists on Saturday but with 
no jet aloft to sustain updrafts and little dynamics except for a 
weakening trough passage...not overly excited about this 
opportunity. 


Weak ridging builds in again on Sunday but as weak disturbances 
pass through the clockwise flow through early next week...a few 
isolated afternoon showers over higher terrain are expected. 


Tuesday will be the driest day in the long term period...albeit 
quite windy. Sustained southwest winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are 
probable on Tuesday with wind gusts up to 55 miles per hour. Just 24 hours 
ago we were looking at a potentially moist and cold system diving 
into the area on Wednesday/Thursday but the latest model runs have moved 
this system to our north with precipitation impacts minimal and 
localized to the north and occurring on Thursday instead. With 
such inconsistency...forecast past Tuesday is low confidence. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 06z tafs through 06z Friday night) 
issued at 1030 PM MDT Thursday Apr 17 2014 


VFR conditions expected through 20z Friday as a high pressure ridge 
slides east across the region. After 20z...isolated to scattered 
showers and thunderstorms develop favoring the mountains south of 
Interstate 70. Local mountain tops obscured in heavier showers. Gusty 
outflow winds and resulting turbulence are possible near any 
shower/storm. 


&& 


Fire weather... 
issued at 121 PM MDT Thursday Apr 17 2014 


Critical fire weather conditions are possible on Tuesday and 
Wednesday across eastern Utah and much of western Colorado. 
Sustained southwest winds of 30 to 40 miles per hour are probable on Tuesday 
and potentially into Wednesday with wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour. The 
highest threat is near the 4 corners and in eastern Utah where 
fuels are dry. Relative humidity values are expected to be between 
10 and 20% at locations below 8000 feet. Will be keeping an eye 
on the possibility of this wind/low relative humidity event. 


&& 


Gjt watches/warnings/advisories... 
Colorado...none. 
Utah...none. 
&& 


$$ 


Short term...Joe 
long term...jam 
aviation...jad 
fire weather...jam 






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