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Current Conditions

  • 61°
  • Clear
  • Wind: Variable 4 mph
  • Humidity: 38%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 35°
  • Pressure: 30.01 in. +

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5 Day Forecast

  • Saturday
  • Clear
  • High: 75 °
  • Low: 43 °
  • Clear
  • Sunday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 64 °
  • Low: 36 °
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • Monday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 59 °
  • Low: 30 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Tuesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 57 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Partly Cloudy
  • Wednesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 64 °
  • Low: 30 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 3:00 PM MDT on October 25, 2014

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 73F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 43F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 64F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 36F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NW after midnight. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Monday

    Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 59F. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Mostly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

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

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy. High of 64F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 34F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear. High of 66F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 36F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 59F. Winds from the South at 5 to 15 mph.

  • Saturday Night

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

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 63F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Sunday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 41F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 37F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy. High of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 37F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Special Statement  Statement as of 3:02 PM MDT on October 25, 2014


A noticeable change to the weather will be arriving to eastern
Utah and western Colorado over the next 24 to 48 hours. A Pacific
storm system will be sweeping eastward beginning tonight and
arrive to the Great Plains by Monday morning. Showers will be
possible over the higher terrain of northern Utah and western
Colorado by sunrise tomorrow. The record high temperatures of
Saturday will move by the Wayside as highs cool some 5 to 10
degrees under the cloud cover on Sunday. The period of focus for
the passing storm system will be Sunday evening into the early
morning hours on Monday as the cold front passes through. Snow
showers will become more widespread over the northern and central
Colorado high country as colder air filters in. Snow amounts will
generally be in the 1-3 inch range above 9000 feet with some
impact to Rabbit Ears and Vail passes possible. As the storm winds
down on Monday cold air will be filtering into the region. Clear
skies by Monday evening will bring favorable conditions for
widespread freezing conditions to the lower valleys of western
Colorado and northeast Utah.



 Record Report  Statement as of 5:53 PM MDT on October 25, 2014


... Record high temperature set at Grand Junction co today...

At 3:17 PM MDT, the temperature at the Grand Junction co regional
Airport reached a final high of 77 degrees. This set a new record
high for today, breaking the previous record of 75, set in 1977.



 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 1:55 PM MDT on October 25, 2014


Corrected site location for canyonlands np

... Record high temperatures set or tied yesterday...

In western Colorado...

At Cortez, the high temperature yesterday was 77. This tied the
record high for the date, last set in 1959.

At Massadona, the high temperature yesterday was 74 degrees. This
set a new record high for the date, breaking the previous record of
71, last set in 2011.

At 1 mile southwest of Paonia, the high temperature yesterday was 77
degrees. This tied the record high for the date, last set in 1959.


In eastern Utah...

At The Needles area of Canyonlands National Park, the high
temperature yesterday was 81 degrees. This set a new record high
for the date, breaking the previous record of 77, set in 2011.



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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 5:51 PM MDT

Temperature: 69 °F Dew Point: 33 °F Humidity: 26% Wind: SW at 9 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 6:59 PM MDT

Temperature: 64.6 °F Dew Point: 34 °F Humidity: 32% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.01 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 6:48 PM MDT

Temperature: 56.0 °F Dew Point: 40 °F Humidity: 56% Wind: West at 1.0 mph Pressure: 29.95 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: MesoWest UNA CO US UPR, Parachute, CO

Updated: 5:40 PM MDT

Temperature: 76 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 74 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 6:59 PM MDT

Temperature: 51.8 °F Dew Point: 38 °F Humidity: 60% Wind: SSE at 5.0 mph Pressure: 29.96 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

Location: RAWS GJDBLMFTS CO US, Parachute, CO

Updated: 5:42 PM MDT

Temperature: 59 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 29% Wind: South at 11 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

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

Updated: 5:58 PM MDT

Temperature: 58 °F Dew Point: 27 °F Humidity: 30% Wind: NW at 14 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

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

Updated: 5:55 PM MDT

Temperature: 54 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 32% Wind: SSW at 9 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
450 PM MDT Sat Oct 25 2014 


Short term...(tonight through Sunday night) 
issued at 249 PM MDT Sat Oct 25 2014 


Warm southwest flow with plenty of sunshine has allowed for 
possible record high temperatures this afternoon. But the clear 
skies will not last as middle level energy from Arizona streams 
toward the north northeast into the western slope later tonight. 
Latest visual satellite images show shallow convection over parts 
of central Arizona. As this moisture gets lifted over the high 
country...a few showers will develop over the mountain tops. Not 
sure how much areal coverage of showers will actually occur...but 
the higher resolution models give decent mountain coverage with 
amounts around a tenth of an inch /0.10/. Would like to see some 
dbz returns on the Arizona radars...but as of 2030z there have 
been no echoes. In the grids will show at least isolated shower 
coverage with the snow levels fairly high. Cloud cover will keep 
temperatures relatively mild overnight. 


The breakdown of the strong ridge will be well underway by sunrise 
on Sunday as the polar jet reforms over the northern rockies and 
pulls the western trough inland. The subtrop moisture source seen in 
satellite imagery as cloudiness over western Arizona will be moving 
through our County Warning Area during the early morning hours. The bubbly nature of 
the cloud cover to the southwest suggests the presence of at least 
weak instability. Large scale forcing will be absent Sunday morning 
but cross sections show the moisture saturating mountain top level. 
Orographics and instability appear to be sufficient enough to 
produce showers at the high elevations over the Colorado mountains 
and have higher probability of precipitation mainly above 10000 feet. Some of the models 
guidance suggests mountain valleys getting some light precipitation. 
Can not rule this out but confidence very low...so probability of precipitation are trended 
this way in the lower elevations. Quantitative precipitation forecast amounts should be light with 
this leading push of moisture. The push of stronger dynamics in the 
form of qg forcing from the western trough and polar jet comes 
Sunday evening into early Monday morning. The focus for this large 
scale lift will be over northern Colorado where precipitation 
remains favored over the northern Colorado mountains. A middle to low 
level boost to the lift and orographics will come from a passing 
front. The Flat Tops...park...northern Gore and high elks appear to 
be the focus Point of the above ingredients. The missing piece will 
be favorable dendritics for good snow production so sub advisory 
amounts in the 1 to 3 inch range still look on track to affect the 
higher peaks...and possibly Rabbit Ears and Vail Pass. The quick 
movement of the system also should limit higher amounts. 


Long term...(monday through saturday) 
issued at 249 PM MDT Sat Oct 25 2014 


By Monday the trough axis will have moved to the plains with 
subsidence and drier northwest flow setting up across eastern Utah 
and western Colorado. Cooler air aloft and residual moisture may 
keep some showers over the eastern high mountains but isolated at 
best. The bigger story will be the cooler air filtering in behind 
the cold front. There is some fairly chilly air back in the 
northern/Canadian rockies that will pulled down and highs will be 
some 20 or more degrees colder than the record highs seen today 
under the ridge. Clear skies in the airmass Monday night into 
Tuesday looks more likely to bring a season ending freeze to all but 
far southeast Utah by sunrise. The northwest flow will keep highs 
more near normal through middle week as a passing system to the north 
re-enforces the cool airmass. A ridge rebounds going in the late 
week period and this should again push temperatures up above normal 
going into next weekend...with dry conditions persisting. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 00z tafs through 00z Sunday evening) 
issued at 444 PM MDT Sat Oct 25 2014 


Bands of high thin clouds will begin spreading across the area 
from west to east this evening and the next Pacific system begins 
affecting the area. By 06z scattered to broken clouds above the 
mountain tops will spread across the region. A broken layer of 
middle level cloud is expected after about 09z Sunday with isolated 
light snow over the mountain peaks and ridges above 10k feet. VFR 
conditions are expected to prevail for the mountain airports 
through 18z Sunday afternoon. 


&& 


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


$$ 


Short term...pf/pf/15 
long term...15 
aviation...cirrocumulus 






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