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Current Conditions

  • 69°
  • Clear
  • Wind: Variable 4 mph
  • Humidity: 13%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 15°
  • Pressure: 30.08 in. -

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5 Day Forecast

  • Monday
  • Clear
  • High: 75 °
  • Low: 35 °
  • Clear
  • Tuesday
  • Clear
  • High: 78 °
  • Low: 38 °
  • Clear
  • Wednesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 68 °
  • Low: 32 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Thursday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 56 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Friday
  • Clear
  • High: 56 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Clear

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 12:18 PM MDT on January 30, 2015

  • Monday

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

  • Monday Night

    A few clouds. A stray shower or thunderstorm is possible. Low near 35F. Winds ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Generally sunny despite a few afternoon clouds. A stray afternoon thunderstorm is possible. High 78F. Winds E at less than 5 mph, becoming WSW and increasing to 10 to 20 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    A stray thunderstorm is possible throughout the evening. Some clouds early will give way to generally clear conditions overnight. Low 38F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Mostly sunny early then partly cloudy and windy later in the day. High 68F. W winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly to mostly cloudy. Low 32F. NW winds at 15 to 25 mph, decreasing to 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday

    Wind increasing. A few clouds from time to time. High 56F. NW winds at 10 to 15 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Windy. Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy overnight. Low 28F. Winds WSW at 20 to 30 mph.

  • Friday

    A few clouds early, otherwise mostly sunny. High 56F. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Clear skies. Low 27F. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday

    A mainly sunny sky. High 66F. Winds ESE at less than 5 mph, becoming W and increasing to 15 to 25 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low 31F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Sunday

    Mostly sunny early then partly cloudy and windy later in the day. High 67F. SW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 20 to 30 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    A few clouds. Low 33F. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph.

  • Monday

    Generally sunny. High near 70F. SW winds at 5 to 10 mph, increasing to 15 to 25 mph.

  • Monday Night

    A few clouds from time to time. Low near 30F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Some clouds in the morning will give way to mainly sunny skies for the afternoon. High 69F. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Mostly clear skies. Low 36F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Rain showers in the morning becoming more intermittent in the afternoon. High 66F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy skies. Low 32F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy. High near 65F. Winds W at 10 to 15 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low 33F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 9:13 am MDT on March 30, 2015


... Record high temperatures yesterday...

In western Colorado...

Near Collbran, the high was 74. This set a new record high for the
date, breaking the previous record of 73 set in 1986.

Near Ignacio, the high was 73. This tied the record high for the
date, previously set in 1929 and 2002.

Near Paradox, the high was 78. Tis set a new record high for the
date, breaking the previous record of 76 set in 1966.

In eastern Utah...

At Cedar Point, the high was 72. This set a new record high for the
date, breaking the previous record of 68 set in 1971.

At Hovenweep National Monument, the high was 79. This set a new
record high for the date, breaking the previous record of 78 set in
1971.

At Monticello, the high was 69. This set a new record high for the
date, breaking the previous record of 68 set in 1971.



Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS , Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:51 AM MDT

Temperature: 60 °F Dew Point: 16 °F Humidity: 18% Wind: NNE at 3 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: GCASA, Rifle, CO

Updated: 1:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 79.7 °F Dew Point: 23 °F Humidity: 12% Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest , Rifle, CO

Updated: 12:00 PM MDT

Temperature: 65 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 1:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 71.5 °F Dew Point: 28 °F Humidity: 20% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.07 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 75 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest , New Castle, CO

Updated: 12:15 PM MDT

Temperature: 72 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 1:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 68.3 °F Dew Point: 20 °F Humidity: 16% Wind: South at 5.0 mph Pressure: 30.04 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Battlement Mesa, Parachute, CO

Updated: 1:44 PM MDT

Temperature: 78.8 °F Dew Point: 20 °F Humidity: 11% Wind: West at 2.2 mph Pressure: 29.84 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: HADS , Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 12:00 PM MDT

Temperature: 60 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Midland Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 12:45 PM MDT

Temperature: 61.3 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 25% Wind: North at - Pressure: 30.10 in Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 1:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 69.9 °F Dew Point: 33 °F Humidity: 26% Wind: SSW at 11.5 mph Pressure: 30.06 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: SE Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 1:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 73.0 °F Dew Point: 21 °F Humidity: 14% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.18 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 74 °F Graphs

Location: Transfer Trail, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 1:55 PM MDT

Temperature: 73.6 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 17% Wind: North at - Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: - Heat Index: 75 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
1051 am MDT Monday Mar 30 2015 


Short term...(today through tuesday) 
issued at 347 am MDT Monday Mar 30 2015 


Sunday evening's radiosonde observation analysis indicated a fairly Flat Ridge across 
the northern rockies with dry air across eastern Utah/western Colorado. The 00z- 
08z satellite water vapor loop showed an upper low west of Baja California 
pushing moisture into AZ/nm...while a northestern Pacific trough directed 
moisture into southwestern Canada and through the northern rockies ridge. A 
smaller upper low was moving from central California into southern with some 
high clouds into southeast Utah and SW Colorado. A few lightning strikes were 
noted over the Sierra-Nevada mountains and near the center of this low 
last evening. 


More unseasonably warm and mostly dry weather is on tap today and 
Tuesday. The Baja California low is forecast to move east across northern Mexico and 
stay well south of our area. Models show the southern Nevada low moving to NE 
Arizona by this evening...looking at the 300 mb vorticity field. This 
disturbance and strong surface heating will likely result in isolated 
to perhaps scattered showers and a few high-based thunderstorms 
mainly over the San Juans this afternoon into early evening. 


Isolated mountain showers or thunderstorms are possible again on Tuesday 
as a trough in the northern stream approaches. Expect an uptick in 
wind gusts Tuesday afternoon as 700 mb flow increases in pre-frontal 
warming ahead of the trough. 


Long term...(tuesday night through sunday) 
issued at 347 am MDT Monday Mar 30 2015 


The midrange models are in better agreement this morning as 
compared to previous model runs...though the GFS still carries 
more amplitude in its shortwave features than does the European model (ecmwf). 
Timing with all the models is more consistent as the ridge over 
the western U.S. Slides east of the area Tuesday. The two things to 
highlight for this week are the windy...warm and dry conditions 
expected Wednesday and Thursday...and the significantly cooler 
temperatures...especially low temperatures...Friday and Saturday. 


A stronger cold front and trough move from the pacnw into the 
northern rockies and western Great Basin by Tuesday afternoon. The 
fastest easterly push of this front will be along the 
U.S./Canadian border where the low center moves quickly east. The 
surface front trails behind and is expected to drag through the 
forecast area Wednesday and Wednesday night. A second trough and more distinct 
wave on the frontal band is projected by the GFS to move through 
Thursday afternoon and night. Much colder low temperatures are expected Friday 
and Sat mornings. 


The European model (ecmwf) shows the upper ridge recovering over the western U.S. 
Sat and sun...while the GFS hints at the ridge briefly than sends 
another trough and cold front into the Great Basin Sat night and 
Sunday. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Tuesday afternoon) 
issued at 1051 am MDT Monday Mar 30 2015 


VFR conditions will prevail at taf sites through the next 24 
hours. Isolated showers and thunderstorms will form over the 
southern mountains after 19z today. Gusty outflow winds will be 
the main threat from these showers and possibly near virga. The 
limited coverage is not great enough to mention in the ktex taf 
at this time. Daytime mixing will result in locally gusty surface 
winds after 20z and diminishing after sunset. 


&& 


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


$$ 


Short term...jad 
long term...cirrocumulus 
aviation...tgjt 






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