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Current Conditions

  • 76°
  • Mostly Cloudy
  • Wind: North 5 mph
  • Humidity: 45%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 53°
  • Pressure: 30.04 in. -

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Forecast data from the National Digital Forecast Database.

5 Day Forecast

  • Wednesday
  • Thunderstorm
  • High: 82 °
  • Low: 52 °
  • T-Storms
  • Thursday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 82 °
  • Low: 57 °
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • Friday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 81 °
  • Low: 55 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Saturday
  • Clear
  • High: 90 °
  • Low: 57 °
  • Clear
  • Sunday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 86 °
  • Low: 59 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 9:00 AM MDT on July 30, 2014

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 82F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Wednesday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Thursday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 82F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then clear. Low of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then clear with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 81F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

  • Friday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then clear. Low of 55F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East after midnight.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 90F. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon.

  • Saturday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 57F. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the East after midnight.

  • Sunday

    Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 86F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday Night

    Mostly cloudy. Low of 59F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Partly cloudy. High of 88F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Tuesday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 84F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Tuesday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

  • Wednesday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 88F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Wednesday Night

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

  • Thursday

    Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. High of 84F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Thursday Night

    Clear with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Friday

    Partly cloudy. High of 81F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday Night

    Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm. Low of 55F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 82F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday Night

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

Severe Weather Alert Descriptions

 Public Information Statement  Statement as of 1:11 PM MDT on July 30, 2014


The following are preliminary 24 hour precipitation reports from
western Colorado and eastern Utah, ending around 8 am Wednesday.
Rainfall amounts are in inches.


Western Colorado and eastern Utah 24 hour stations:

Aspen, 0.22.
Craig, 0.74.
Grand Junction, 0.14.
Meeker, 0.26.
Canyonlands Airport, 0.58.


Official climate stations of western colorado:

Black Canyon National Park, 0.12.
2 miles southwest of Collbran, 0.78.
Colorado National Monument, 0.50.
4 miles southwest of Craig, 0.30.
Crested Butte, 0.18.
Dove Creek, 0.20.
3 miles southwest of Gunnison, 0.26.
Massadona, 0.33.
Palisade, 0.31.
2 miles north of Paradox, 0.17.
1 mile east of Rangely, 0.30.
Ridgway, 0.10.
3 miles northeast of Rifle, 0.19.
Shoshone, 0.18.
Steamboat Springs, 0.98.
Yampa, 0.50.


Official climate stations of eastern utah:

Arches National Park Headquarters, 0.68.
Cedar Point, 0.77.
Jarvie ranch, 0.27.
Monticello #2, 0.71.


Unofficial stations:

Collbran, 0.59.
Gothic, 0.28.
6 miles south of Mesa, 0.31.
1 mile east of Silt, 0.16.
1 mile southeast of Steamboat Springs, 1.34.
4 miles northeast of Cedaredge, 0.31.
5 miles northwest of Grand Junction, 0.24.
5 miles northwest of Mack, 0.43.


Climate reference network sites of western colorado:

2 miles east of Dinosaur, 0.71.




Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:51 AM MDT

Temperature: 72 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 53% Wind: North at 4 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest LACY CO US UPR, Rifle, CO

Updated: 11:50 AM MDT

Temperature: 80 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 1:12 PM MDT

Temperature: 77.4 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 48% Wind: WNW at 1.0 mph Pressure: 30.13 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 79 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 12:05 PM MDT

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

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 1:07 PM MDT

Temperature: 75.4 °F Dew Point: 54 °F Humidity: 48% Wind: South at 4.0 mph Pressure: 29.93 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 1:12 PM MDT

Temperature: 73.2 °F Dew Point: 56 °F Humidity: 55% Wind: Calm Pressure: 29.89 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 77 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest UNA CO US UPR, Parachute, CO

Updated: 12:15 PM MDT

Temperature: 80 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 11:25 AM MDT

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

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

Updated: 12:00 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: 1:12 PM MDT

Temperature: 75.7 °F Dew Point: 59 °F Humidity: 56% Wind: WSW at 2.3 mph Pressure: 29.90 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: 78 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 11:55 AM MDT

Temperature: 58 °F Dew Point: 50 °F Humidity: 75% Wind: WSW at 3 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Heat Index: - Graphs

MSN Maps of:

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
1026 am MDT Wednesday Jul 30 2014 


Short term...(today through thursday) 
issued at 432 am MDT Wednesday Jul 30 2014 


A few showers persisted over the Steamboat Springs area...The Flat 
Tops...and in the vicinity of Eagle early this morning. Elsewhere 
..the weather was quiet. A weak upper low over southwest Wyoming 
was poised to begin moving across the north this morning and will 
continue to move to the southeast this afternoon. Lift associated 
with this feature will mainly affect the north today with showers 
redeveloping this morning. Model forecasts of precipitable water 
Don/T show much change and dewpoints remain elevated this morning. 
Forecast model cape and lifted indices not very impressive due to 
relatively cool conditions. Consequently...expect a little bit of 
a downturn in activity but not much. Storms will continue to 
produce moderate to heavy rain which cause problems for some 
areas. However...do not expect convection to be as widespread and 
organized as yesterday so will not be hoisting a Flash Flood Watch 
today. 


We should see showers and thunderstorms diminish in a more timely 
fashion this evening as any lingering energy shifts away to the 
east by late in the day. However we do not see much of a drop in 
dewpoints through tonight...so a few showers may persist 
overnight. Moisture drops just a notch on Thursday. But with no forcing 
mechanism beyond the diurnal and differential heating...expect 
showers and thunderstorms will be more confined to the higher 
terrain...and will not be as heavy as the last couple of days. The 
better drying will be in the north. Temperatures will increase a 
few degrees but will still remain below normal values. 


Long term...(thursday night through tuesday) 
issued at 432 am MDT Wednesday Jul 30 2014 


Another upper wave will rotate across the forecast area on Friday. 
This wave will not be near as strong as yesterday/S disturbance 
.. but will result in an uptick in showers and thunderstorms 
over Thursday/S activity. Models have indicated that the upper 
vorticity center will reach northeast Utah around sunrise then be over 
the northern two thirds of the County Warning Area by midday. Therefore...showers 
and thunderstorms will begin earlier than in the typical diurnal 
pattern. Expect a few storms could be strong with heavy rain...but 
do not expect a repeat of Tuesday as the ingredients are not all 
coming together as well. Moisture remains lower with precipitable 
water values ranging from around 0.6 inch up to an inch from north 
to south. Also the strength of this upper impulse is not near as 
impressive. Again expect a couple degrees of warming...mainly 
north. But still most locations will not reach normal values. 


Saturday a bit drier as high pressure becomes centered over The 
Four Corners. Diurnal thunderstorms will still form but coverage 
and intensity will be reduced as moisture levels sink further. 
Pattern begins to shift Sunday as low pressure off the West Coast 
moves over the Desert Southwest during the day forcing high 
pressure east and allowing moist subtropical air to again sweep 
northward. Showers and thunderstorms still favor the mountains but 
coverage will be more widespread across the south. Details differ 
between the GFS and ec with respect to the low/S movement to the 
northeast. However...both show the surge of subtropical air over 
the region through the middle of the week will persist raising 
the threat of heavy rain. As moisture increases...temperatures 
will cool from near normal to several degrees below. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 18z tafs through 18z Thursday afternoon) 
issued at 1022 am MDT Wednesday Jul 30 2014 


The tailing edge of the disturbance moving into southeast Wyoming and NE Colorado will 
move slowly across northeast Utah and northwest Colorado this 
afternoon which will help support scattered showers and isolated 
thunderstorms through aobut 20z then showers and thunderstorms 
will increase again across the entire region with mountains 
favored. Therefore...expect broad areas of mountain obscuration 
and gusty outflow winds to 30 to 40 miles per hour in the vicinity of 
thunderstorms. Taf sites in northeast Utah and along the I-70 
corridor east of kril will likely experience moderate to heavy 
rain showers and/or thunderstorms this afternoon. Storms will 
likely briefly lower visibility to IFR with MVFR ceilings possible. Chances 
for taf sites to the south and west are greatly reduced. 


Some showers and a few thunderstorms may linger along The Divide 
mountains after 09z but VFR conditions are expected to prevail 
overnight. 


&& 


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


$$ 


Short term...nl/eh 
long term...eh/nl 
aviation...cirrocumulus 






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