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Current Conditions

  • 32°
  • Clear
  • Wind: Calm
  • Humidity: 73%
  • Visibility: 10.0 miles
  • Dew Point: 24°
  • Pressure: 30.19 in. +

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5 Day Forecast

  • Friday
  • Clear
  • High: 66 °
  • Low: 39 °
  • Clear
  • Saturday
  • Chance of a Thunderstorm
  • High: 68 °
  • Low: 34 °
  • Chance of T-Storms
  • Sunday
  • Chance Rain
  • High: 50 °
  • Low: 28 °
  • Chance Rain
  • Monday
  • Chance of Rain
  • High: 46 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Chance of Rain
  • Tuesday
  • Partly Cloudy
  • High: 52 °
  • Low: 27 °
  • Partly Cloudy

Forecast for Rifle, Colorado

Updated: 3:00 AM MDT on October 31, 2014

  • Friday

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

  • Friday Night

    Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 39F. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Saturday

    Partly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 68F. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

  • Saturday Night

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain. Low of 34F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

  • Sunday

    Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain, then a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 50F. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Sunday Night

    Overcast. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Overcast with a chance of rain in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 46F. Winds less than 5 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

  • Monday Night

    Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday

    Clear. High of 52F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Tuesday Night

    Clear. Low of 27F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday

    Clear. High of 57F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Wednesday Night

    Clear. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday

    Clear. High of 59F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Thursday Night

    Partly cloudy. Low of 32F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Friday

    Clear. High of 57F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WSW in the afternoon.

  • Friday Night

    Clear. Low of 30F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday

    Clear. High of 54F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Saturday Night

    Clear. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Sunday

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

  • Sunday Night

    Clear. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

  • Monday

    Clear. High of 55F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

  • Monday Night

    Clear. Low of 28F. Winds less than 5 mph.

Personal Weather Stations

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Location: RAWS RIFLE CO US, Rifle, CO

Updated: 5:51 AM MDT

Temperature: 39 °F Dew Point: 22 °F Humidity: 51% Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 39 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest LACY CO US UPR, Rifle, CO

Updated: 5:35 AM MDT

Temperature: 38 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 38 °F Graphs

Location: Taughenbaugh Mesa, Rifle, CO

Updated: 6:35 AM MDT

Temperature: 35.3 °F Dew Point: 24 °F Humidity: 63% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.15 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 35 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 3:55 AM MDT

Temperature: 36 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 36 °F Graphs

Location: New Castle, CO

Updated: 6:33 AM MDT

Temperature: 37.1 °F Dew Point: 26 °F Humidity: 64% Wind: NW at 9.0 mph Pressure: 30.21 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 31 °F Graphs

Location: MAIN ELK, New Castle, CO

Updated: 6:35 AM MDT

Temperature: 30.3 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 81% Wind: Calm Pressure: 30.20 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 30 °F Graphs

Location: MesoWest UNA CO US UPR, Parachute, CO

Updated: 5:15 AM MDT

Temperature: 32 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 32 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 4:10 AM MDT

Temperature: 41 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 6:00 AM MDT

Temperature: 35 °F Dew Point: - Humidity: - Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 35 °F Graphs

Location: Glenwood Springs, Glenwood Springs, CO

Updated: 6:25 AM MDT

Temperature: 32.0 °F Dew Point: 24 °F Humidity: 72% Wind: ESE at 2.7 mph Pressure: 29.94 in Hourly Precipitation: - Windchill: 32 °F Graphs

Location: Eagalite, Collbran, CO

Updated: 6:35 AM MDT

Temperature: 31.4 °F Dew Point: 25 °F Humidity: 77% Wind: SSE at 1.1 mph Pressure: 30.18 in Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 31 °F Graphs

Location: RAWS GJDBLMFTS CO US, Parachute, CO

Updated: 5:42 AM MDT

Temperature: 45 °F Dew Point: 17 °F Humidity: 32% Wind: SE at 7 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 5:58 AM MDT

Temperature: 40 °F Dew Point: 18 °F Humidity: 40% Wind: East at 17 mph Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 31 °F Graphs

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

Updated: 5:55 AM MDT

Temperature: 41 °F Dew Point: 16 °F Humidity: 36% Wind: Calm Pressure: - Hourly Precipitation: 0.00 in Windchill: 41 °F Graphs

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NWS Forecaster Discussion




Area forecast discussion 
National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado 
530 am MDT Friday Oct 31 2014 


Short term...(today through saturday) 
issued at 413 am MDT Friday Oct 31 2014 


High pressure axis along The Spine of Colorado will be shifting to 
the Western Plains today. A weak upper level wave over Nevada...more 
discernible at the 300 mb level...reaches western Colorado this 
afternoon. This will push high level moisture as the day progresses. 
Radar observation show weak dbz returns indicating there is some 
middle level moisture. Models do paint some light quantitative precipitation forecast over SW 
Colorado late in the day. Sometimes this is overdone after a 
prolong dry period...but reasonable that some virga shafts will 
exist with a few sprinkles reaching the ground. Another mild day 
expected...perhaps 1-3 degrees warming (even with some clouds 
spreading from the west.) 


Still a difficult forecast coming up this weekend especially when 
this pleasant Fall weather will be taking a short hiatus. 00z 500 mb 
analysis shows the amplified pattern across the lower 48 that the 
models had been predicting. This amplification will aid in 
forming a rather deep trough in the Great Basin overnight...where 
it persists into Sunday. Tonight into Saturday/S forecast looks 
similar to 24 hours ago and gives some confidence...however some 
details are still a bit fuzzy. 305k Theta surfaces continue to 
show moisture heading northward out of the sonoran region 
today...with moisture sources from the Gulf and Pacific converging 
there this morning. Weak upglide and orographics looks to spread 
moisture into the 4 corners region after midnight but overall 
large scale ascent is lacking and focused well to the west. 
Showers appear best on the nose of the middle level jet that forms 
overnight in our southern zones. Probability of precipitation look good here. Cross 
sections then show drier air filtering in through the 
afternoon...which will add some degree of instability to help 
produce isolated thunderstorms...but also think it will limit 
coverage as the dendritic layer will not be saturated. 
Temperatures a bit tricky with cloud cover in place...but aided by 
strong mixing and realized wind gusts at the surface. There is 
still a 10 degree split in guidance and gut feeling is to lean 
toward the warmer side...but stayed with going forecast for now. 


Long term...(saturday night through thursday) 
issued at 413 am MDT Friday Oct 31 2014 


By late Saturday the split in the western trough will be more 
apparent...with the main focus lifting into the northern rockies and 
High Plains by midnight. Early Sunday another jet maximum begins to 
reform on the upstream side of the trough and it will reinforce what 
is left of the southern split with upstream energy. Still not very 
active our County Warning Area with lift to the west. However models suggest a weak 
front pushing though as the trough splits and brings some cold air advection. 
Orographics seem the primary source of lift and should keep some 
light precipitation around the high country but the dendritic layer remain 
dry. The bigger push begins on Sunday as the jet and upper level 
ascent shifts over the 4 corners region. Strong pv from the jet 
moving in aloft reduces static instability...moisture under this 
layer pushing in from the south should increase showers across the 
southern mountains and probability of precipitation look good there for now. The main front 
should be hung up to the northwest early due to strong southerly 
flow...but begin to shift into northeast Utah late in the day and 
expect showers to pick up in that direction. In the middle isolated 
to low chance probability of precipitation suffice for now until picture clears just a bit 
on timing. Temperatures drop some 10 degrees with push of colder air 
aloft and increased cloud cover. 


Monday...cold trough with a closed low centered over Colorado 
will be moving across the state. Potential for wraparound moisture 
and therefore the entire forecast area has the potential for some 
rain or snow showers (relatively low snow level between 5500 to 6000 
feet). Shaded probability of precipitation toward wpc guidance to correct for model spread 
inherent in the initial consensus pop field. The system departs 
the region Monday night. 


Trailing energy from the cold trough develops into a closed low 
circulation over old Mexico and Texas. With the Pacific jet 
redeveloping over the northern rockies...a west to East Ridge 
axis will lay across Utah and Colorado. This results in dry 
weather with another warming trend and a few more days of mild 
temperatures. 


&& 


Aviation...(for the 12z tafs through 12z Saturday morning) 
issued at 530 am MDT Friday Oct 31 2014 


VFR conditions is expected at all taf sites through the period. 
Middle to high level clouds will spread across the region today and 
this evening. 


For SW Colorado...isolated virga shafts or -shra will form after 
20z this afternoon...becoming scattered -shra after 03z this 
evening. 


&& 


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


$$ 


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



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