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Current Conditions

  • 71°
  • Overcast
  • Wind: East 13 mph
  • Humidity: 53%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 53°
  • Pressure: 29.88 in. -

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Forecast data from the National Digital Forecast Database.

5 Day Forecast

  • Friday
  • Overcast
  • High: 75 °
  • Low: 53 °
  • Overcast
  • Saturday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 78 °
  • Low: 50 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Sunday
  • Clear
  • High: 79 °
  • Low: 48 °
  • Clear
  • Monday
  • Clear
  • High: 81 °
  • Low: 47 °
  • Clear
  • Tuesday
  • Clear
  • High: 81 °
  • Low: 47 °
  • Clear

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 10:28 am MDT on September 4, 2015

  • Rest of Today

    Cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation 40 percent.

  • Tonight

    Mostly cloudy with scattered showers and thunderstorms. Lows 45 to 55. South winds 10 to 15 mph in the evening becoming light. Chance of precipitation 30 percent.

  • Saturday

    Mostly cloudy in the morning then becoming partly sunny. A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the afternoon.

  • Saturday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening...then partly cloudy after midnight. Lows 45 to 55. Southeast winds 10 to 15 mph with gusts to around 30 mph in the evening becoming light.

  • Sunday

    Mostly sunny. Highs in the 70s. Southwest winds 10 to 15 mph in the afternoon.

  • Sunday Night

    Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s.

  • Labor Day

    Sunny. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs in the 70s.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy. Lows in the 40s.

  • Tuesday

    Mostly sunny. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 75 to 85.

  • Tuesday Night through Wednesday Night

    Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s. Highs 75 to 85.

  • Thursday

    Sunny. A 10 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs 75 to 85.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 1:03 PM MDT on September 4, 2015


The following are preliminary 24 hour precipitation reports from
western Colorado and eastern Utah, ending at the times noted with
each report. Amounts are in inches.


**********************24 hour precipitation**********************

Location 24 hour time/date comments
                     precipitation of
                     /inches/ measurement

Colorado

... Archuleta County...
   Pagosa Springs 4.2 W 0.07 711 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Pagosa Springs 1.6 S 0.03 947 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Pagosa Springs 2.5 W 0.02 710 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Delta County...
   Paonia 1.3 NNW 0.21 917 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Paonia 1sw 0.20 800 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Paonia 2.1 SSE 0.16 718 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 1.8 NNE 0.15 1008 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 5.1 WNW 0.14 713 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Hotchkiss 7.1 WNW 0.13 706 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Crawford 2.3 SW 0.11 823 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Cedaredge 1.0 NE 0.06 710 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Eckert 1.1 SW 0.06 715 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Delta 1.6 ESE 0.05 750 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Delta 3e 0.03 900 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Cedaredge 2.3 W 0.02 657 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Dolores County...
   Dove Creek 12.4 SSW 0.01 833 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Eagle County...
   Vail 2.6 E 1.00 707 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Vail 0.9 WNW 0.52 647 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Avon 2n 0.31 700 am 9/04 unofficial station
   Avon 1.1 se 0.22 844 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Gypsum 1.9 SSW 0.12 737 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Garfield County...
   Carbondale 4.6 NNE 0.50 701 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Carbondale 0.5 W 0.44 623 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Carbondale 0.3 WNW 0.38 644 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Rifle 3ene 0.18 800 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Rifle 3.2 ENE 0.18 750 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Shoshone 0.16 830 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Glenwood Springs 5.3 0.11 701 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs 1.7 0.08 947 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Silt 1e 0.07 800 am 9/04 unofficial station
   Glenwood Springs .64 0.06 753 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Glenwood Springs 1.4 0.05 832 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Rifle .96 NNW 0.05 830 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Gunnison County...
   Gothic 0.42 800 am 9/04 unofficial station
   Crested Butte 6.2 N 0.42 734 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Crested Butte 0.39 900 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Gunnison 6.6 N 0.26 744 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Powderhorn 4.4 NNE 0.16 917 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Cimarron 11.2 S 0.08 703 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Doyleville 2.1 W 0.04 802 am 9/04 cocorahs

... La Plata County...
   Rockwood 6.7 N 0.16 728 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Rockwood 6.9 NNW 0.07 921 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Durango 10 NNE 0.06 939 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Durango 5s 0.01 900 am 9/04 unofficial station
   Durango 7.1 N 0.01 952 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Durango 1.5 SW 0.01 833 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Durango 0.01 800 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Hesperus 4.9 se 0.01 721 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Hesperus 13.3 SSW 0.01 846 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Redmesa 4.2 NW 0.01 717 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Mesa County...
   Mesa 6s 0.07 700 am 9/04 unofficial station
   Grand Junction 3.9 W 0.01 756 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Collbran 2sw 0.01 900 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Colorado nm 0.01 900 am 9/04 W co coop site

... Moffat County...
   Craig 4.9 WNW 0.16 648 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Montezuma County...
   Cortez 8se 0.03 100 am 9/04 W co crn site
   Cortez 0.02 100 am 9/04 aviation site
   Mancos 3.5 ENE 0.01 929 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Montrose County...
   Montrose 7.3 ENE 0.42 713 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 11ene 0.23 100 am 9/04 W co crn site
   Black Canyon np 0.19 900 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Montrose 1.2 ESE 0.17 714 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Olathe 3.2 NNE 0.16 648 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.0 E 0.16 817 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.6 E 0.15 720 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.9 ESE 0.13 701 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 2.3 ENE 0.13 722 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 0.12 100 am 9/04 aviation site
   Montrose 2.9 ESE 0.12 800 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 8.1 WNW 0.10 743 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 3.9 WNW 0.08 832 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose 1.2 WSW 0.04 904 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Montrose #2 0.03 900 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Montrose 4.0 NW 0.02 752 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Ouray County...
   Ridgway 3.3 NNW 0.18 747 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Ridgway 0.12 820 am 9/04 W co coop site

... Pitkin County...
   Aspen 0.27 100 am 9/04 aviation site
   Snowmass 7.0 W 0.17 902 am 9/04 cocorahs

... Routt County...
   Yampa 5.1 S 0.26 733 am 9/04 cocorahs
   Steamboat Springs 0.02 830 am 9/04 W co coop site
   Steamboat Springs 7. 0.01 833 am 9/04 cocorahs

Utah

... San Juan County...
   Monticello 2.3 SW 0.01 841 am 9/04 cocorahs
   hovenweep nm 0.01 900 am 9/04 E UT coop site



Personal Weather Stations

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Location: Cactus Valley, Greg and Nella, Rifle, CO

Updated: 2:51 PM MDT

Temperature: 71.3 °F Dew Point: 55 °F Humidity: 57% Wind: ESE at 5.0 mph Pressure: 29.78 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 76 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 2:56 PM MDT

Temperature: 74.0 °F Dew Point: 52 °F Humidity: 46% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.96 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 2:56 PM MDT

Temperature: 68.7 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 68% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.79 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Gopher Irrigation, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 2:47 PM MDT

Temperature: 63.0 °F Dew Point: 58 °F Humidity: 85% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.98 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Midland Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 2:55 PM MDT

Temperature: 66.2 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 73% Wind: North at - Pressure: 29.98 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 2:56 PM MDT

Temperature: 72.8 °F Dew Point: 57 °F Humidity: 58% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.73 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: SE Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 2:56 PM MDT

Temperature: 66.6 °F Dew Point: 53 °F Humidity: 61% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.15 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

MSN Maps of:

Temp: Dew Point: Humidity Wind Pressure Hr Precip -

NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
1222 PM MDT Friday Sep 4 2015 


Short term...(today through saturday) 
issued at 419 am MDT Friday Sep 4 2015 


A small vorticity maximum will carry an area of showers and a few 
thunderstorms through the forecast area this morning. It will 
travel roughly along a line from Blanding to Rifle...and 
dissipate between 9 am and noon. 


Precipitable water values over The Four Corners are near a maximum 
for the week this morning due to a southwesterly fetch of middle 
level moisture which has moved into southwest Colorado. A 
slightly unorganized vorticity maxima will move northeast to 
central Colorado by noon today. All of the forecast models have 
been and continue to bring precipitation over much of the region 
by late this afternoon...however am having a hard time finding a 
good dynamical lifting mechanism other than a 70 knots jet streak 
aloft and daytime heating. Prognosticated convective indices are weak 
today which is surprising with relatively clear skies in place. 
Looking at 00z initialization of the 300mb jet steak and the 
upstream 00z Flagstaff sounding...the NAM seems to be initializing 
a bit better than the GFS with the upper level jet. This all being 
said...with good shear and moisture today do expect this will 
trump the other factors and produce numerous showers and 
thunderstorms during the afternoon and into the evening before 
tapering off after sunset. Most activity will be across western 
Colorado and extreme eastern Utah. 


Convective indices are much more favorable for thunderstorms 
developing on Saturday afternoon with the NAM indicating cape 
values upwards of 1000 j/kg across eastern Utah and extreme 
western Colorado. The 700 mb trough barreling through the Pacific 
northwest looks to push energy into NE Utah and northwest Colorado on Saturday 
afternoon...so am expecting showers and thunderstorms to develop 
ahead of this disturbance mainly over NE Utah and northwest Colorado. 
Showers and thunderstorms on Saturday will likely be higher-based 
with some drying occurring across the region...so will impact 
higher terrain the most with valleys more likely to avoid rain as 
the day progresses. 


Daytime temperatures will remain near normal or a couple of 
degrees below normal over the next couple of days...and nighttime 
temperatures a bit above normal with increased dewpoints and cloud 
cover. 


Long term...(saturday night through thursday) 
issued at 419 am MDT Friday Sep 4 2015 


Midrange models are in decent agreement at the start of the 
period. The strongest vorticity maximum will round the bottom of the trough 
over the northern rockies Sat evening. This should tighten the 
gradient and increase surface winds in the evening. Then drier air is 
projected to move in as the winds veer from south-southwest to west-southwest through 
Sunday. The European model (ecmwf) keeps the area dry through Monday while the GFS 
draws a little bit of moisture into the area from the south late 
Sunday night and Monday. Will lean toward the slightly wetter GFS 
which has done a better job verifying precipitation from residual 
moisture this Summer. 


Tuesday and Wednesday in both models have weak west-northwest flow aloft and 
drier air over the area with a low-areal coverage...diurnal 
pattern to shower development. Thursday looks like the driest day 
with a strong ridge established over the Great Basin. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Saturday noon) 
issued at 1150 am MDT Friday Sep 4 2015 


Scattered to numerous showers and thunderstorms continues through 
about 04z this evening. All taf sites will be affected by the 
storms though the southern half of the area will have the higher 
areal coverage. Mountains will be frequently obscured. Ktex and 
kdro kase kege have about 60 percent chance of MVFR ceilings and visibilities 
in stronger showers. 


After 04z showers and thunderstorms will decrease...then storms 
over the southern half of the area will increase again after about 
09z as another disturbance moves in from Arizona and nm. 




&& 


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


$$ 


Short term...jam 
long term...cirrocumulus 
aviation...cc/Joe 



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