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Current Conditions

  • 45°
  • Clear
  • Wind: SSE 7 mph
  • Humidity: 86%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 41°
  • Pressure: 29.80 in. 0
  • Heat Index: 41

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5 Day Forecast

  • Thursday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 67 °
  • Low: 40 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Friday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 67 °
  • Low: 38 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Saturday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 58 °
  • Low: 40 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Sunday
  • Chance of Rain
  • High: 57 °
  • Low: 33 °
  • Chance of Rain
  • Monday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 66 °
  • Low: 37 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 9:17 PM MDT on January 06, 2015

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy. Lows overnight in the upper 30s.

  • Wednesday Night

    A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low 39F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday

    Partial cloudiness early, with scattered showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. High 67F. NE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 40F. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy early. Scattered thunderstorms developing in the afternoon. High 67F. ESE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Friday Night

    Showers with a possible thunderstorm in the evening, then variable clouds overnight with still a chance of showers. Low 38F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy with afternoon showers or thunderstorms. High 58F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Saturday Night

    Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low around 40F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Sunday

    Rain showers early with mostly cloudy conditions later in the day. Thunder possible. High 57F. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy skies. Low 33F. N winds shifting to SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Monday

    Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 66F. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Monday Night

    A few clouds overnight. Low 37F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Sunny early followed by increasing clouds and a few showers later in the day. High 74F. ESE winds shifting to SW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy skies. Low around 40F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Mostly sunny skies. High around 75F. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    A mostly clear sky. Low 42F. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Thursday

    Sunny along with a few clouds. High 74F. SSE winds shifting to W at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear skies with a few passing clouds. Low 43F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Friday

    Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High near 75F. SE winds shifting to WSW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy skies. Low 44F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Intervals of clouds and sunshine. High 71F. Winds SSW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low 41F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Record Report  Statement as of 06:00 PM MDT on May 06, 2015


... Record daily maximum rainfall set at Grand Junction co...

0.57 inches of rain fell so far today at the Grand Junction co
regional Airport, as of 6 PM MDT this evening. This set a new record
for daily maximum rainfall for may 6, breaking the previous record
of 0.47 inches, set in 1893.



Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS, Rifle, CO

Updated: 10:51 PM MDT

Temperature: 43 °F Dew Point: 39 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: SSE at 9 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 38 °F Graphs

Location: GCASA, Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:36 PM MDT

Temperature: 53.8 °F Dew Point: 43 °F Humidity: 67% Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: - Graphs

Location: MesoWest, Rifle, CO

Updated: 9:35 PM MDT

Temperature: 52 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: - Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:36 PM MDT

Temperature: 42.3 °F Dew Point: 40 °F Humidity: 91% Wind: NNE at 3.0 mph Pressure: 29.79 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.01 in Windchill: 42 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest, New Castle, CO

Updated: 10:55 PM MDT

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

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 11:36 PM MDT

Temperature: 39.3 °F Dew Point: 38 °F Humidity: 94% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.72 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 39 °F Graphs

Location: Battlement Mesa, Parachute, CO

Updated: 11:22 PM MDT

Temperature: 44.2 °F Dew Point: 44 °F Humidity: 98% Wind: NNE at 4.3 mph Pressure: 29.53 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 42 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest, Parachute, CO

Updated: 10:00 PM MDT

Temperature: 48 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 48 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 10:50 PM MDT

Temperature: 47 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 47 °F Graphs

Location: Midland Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 11:35 PM MDT

Temperature: 41.0 °F Dew Point: 37 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.78 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 11:37 PM MDT

Temperature: 39.7 °F Dew Point: 39 °F Humidity: 96% Wind: East at 3.5 mph Pressure: 29.72 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 37 °F Graphs

Location: SE Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 11:36 PM MDT

Temperature: 41.4 °F Dew Point: 41 °F Humidity: 99% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.94 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 10:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 35 °F Dew Point: 31 °F Humidity: 86% Wind: North at 8 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 29 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS, New Castle, CO

Updated: 10:55 PM MDT

Temperature: 33 °F Dew Point: 30 °F Humidity: 90% Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 33 °F Graphs

Location: Transfer Trail, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 11:30 PM MDT

Temperature: 42.4 °F Dew Point: 41 °F Humidity: 93% Wind: North at - Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 42 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
954 PM MDT Wednesday may 6 2015 


Update... 
issued at 940 PM MDT Wednesday may 6 2015 


Have increased the precipitation coverage through tonight as 
there continues to be showers with a few embedded thunderstorms 
upstream. It appears that there will continue to be weak embedded 
disturbances in the southwest flow over the forecast area. This 
will be enough to keep isolated to scattered showers at times 
throughout the night...gradually winding down towards morning. The 
southern portion has continued to be more active than expected 
with energy streaming over The Four Corners at this time. This 
should persist for the next few hours. Therefore the forecast will 
see the biggest changes there. 


&& 


Short term...(tonight through Thursday night) 
issued at 309 PM MDT Wednesday may 6 2015 


The strong low that moved over the area last night and this 
morning will continue moving into the High Plains tonight. 
Northwest and central Colorado and NE Utah will be beneath the northwest flow aloft 
on the west side of the storm...where unstable and moist 
conditions will continue to produce rain showers and thunderstorms 
over much of the area. A few storms have been strong enough to 
produce small hail and heavy rain. A weak shortwave trough moving 
over northwest Colorado and NE Utah will also as some support for 
convection until about 03z this evening. Subsidence and gradually 
drier air will filter into Easter Utah...and northwest and central 
Colorado after midnight. Over SW Colorado...the hrrr and nam12 show another 
weak shortwave will bring increasing clouds and isolated 
precipitation late tonight. 


Thursday morning...in south flow a weak wave works through The 
Four Corners region. Available moisture will be diminishing there 
so only isolated showers are forecasted across the south favoring 
the San Juans. Deeper moisture remains across the north Thursday 
along with some weak frontal forcing. Marginal afternoon 
instability will limit thunderstorm coverage mainly over mountains 
north of I-70. 


Thursday night drier SW flow invades limiting nighttime showers 
to near the Continental Divide. Temperatures remain near normal. 


The next stronger Pacific low sinks through California on Thursday 
then begins to amble inland Thursday night. 


Long term...(friday through wednesday) 
issued at 309 PM MDT Wednesday may 6 2015 


A highly amplified progressive pattern continues through these 
periods. One strong upper low will pass on Saturday bringing a 
blast of northern and mountain snow. Two other troughs currently 
are timed to pass middle to late next week. 


Friday the upper low with a modifying but impressive -26c cold 
core works north of Las Vegas to southcentral Utah Friday night 
and through the forecast area on Saturday. The thermal ridge 
blossoms over the forecast area Friday and have raised 
temperatures closer to the warmer NAM guidance. A 70kt jet nose 
pokes into southeast Utah in the afternoon and rakes the south overnight. 
Cool advection aloft begins to destabilize but available moisture 
is limited and mainly across the north. 


Saturday the potential vorticity center rakes the north as the 
jet wraps up the Front Range. Frontal forcing seen in the Park 
Range by the afternoon. The best shower coverage will be over the 
northern mountains but will extend into the central Colorado mountains snow 
levels drop to around 8kft...and will briefly be lower in 
stronger convection. The low lifts through the northern plains 
Saturday night through Sunday. Wrap- around moisture will continue 
to produce showers favoring the north. Sunday...snow levels lower 
into the northern valleys with 700mb temperatures at -4c there. 


Significant snowfall is expected for this weekend for the eastern 
uintas and the Colorado mountains from Wyoming down into the northwest 
San Juans. Travel through these mountains could be hazardous this 
weekend. Colder than normal temperatures expected across the 
region through Sunday night. High Valley freezes are possible. 


Monday warm advection begins as a ridge builds in from the west. 
Flow aloft quickly switches back to SW and increases into the new 
week as the next trough works into the Pacific northwest on Tuesday and 
the Great Basin on Wednesday. An associated zonal jet from central 
California intrudes into the northern-central forecast area on 
Wednesday beginning the chance of mainly rain showers. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Thursday afternoon) 
issued at 445 PM MDT Wednesday may 6 2015 


Scattered showers and thunderstorms by sunset will become limited 
to the mountains in the vicinity of the Continental Divide and 
along the Wyoming border. Taf sites kege kase may see brief MVFR 
ceilings in -tsra until 03z. Showers become more isolated in coverage 
after 06z. After 09z scattered -shra isolated -tsra will develop over SW 
Colorado. Taf sites kdro ktex may see brief MVFR ceilings in -shra. 
After 15z scattered mainly mountain -tsra expected mainly north of Highway 50 
corridor. Taf sites kase kege may see brief MVFR ceilings in 
-tsra/-shra. 




&& 


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


$$ 


Update...eh 
short term...cc/Joe 
long term...Joe 
aviation...Joe 






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