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Longmont Weather Forecast 9/24-25/2020

The video forecast for the week beginning Sept. 23

In brief:

Remarkable heat (with some smoke) remains the story through Friday with a two-step cooldown into next week.

Forecast discussion:

The ridge in the west just won't give up. It is centered over Arizona with the ridgeline draped across Colorado and into Canada (Figure 1 below). This is creating the much higher than normal temperatures for this time of year (it should be in the lower and mid-70s for highs).

 

Figure1_09242020Figure 1: the 500mb upper air forecast map for Thursday noon from the GFS and tropicaltidbits.com

Smoke is still an issue. Thankfully, the Colorado fires are not burning as intensely as they have recently. Winds will remain light in the mountains through Thursday. Smoke levels are only somewhat bad (Figure 2).

 

Figure2_09242020Figure 2: the HRRR smoke at all levels forecast for Thursday AM from NOAA.

Zeroing in on surface-level smoke (Figure 3), only moderate smoke levels should affect the air you breathe.

Figure3_09242020Figure 3: the HRRR smoke near the surface and wind barbs forecast for Thursday AM from NOAA.

High temperatures will keep approaching or exceeding 90 degrees through Friday (Figure 4). The ridge will keep precipitation out of the forecast.

 

Figure4_09242020Figure 4: the 10 day graphical weather forecast for Longmont from weatherunderground.com

Longer-range forecast:

A trough to the east begins to push the ridge off to the west beginning this weekend. We will see temperatures drop about 10 degrees Saturday through Monday (Figure 4). Rain chances will still be nearly nonexistent. The 10-day precipitation forecast shows just light sprinkles up in the mountains (and that is mainly on days nine and 10 - Figure 5).

 

Figure5_09242020Figure 5: the 10 day precipitation totals forecast from the GFS and weather5280.com

By Tuesday, the ridge will inch a bit further west as that eastern U.S. trough expands (and really delivers a chill for more than half of the nation). This will bring in stout north winds that will clear the air and cool us down another 10 degrees to close-to-normal temperatures (Figures 4 and 6).

 

Figure6_09242020Figure 6: the 500mb upper air forecast map for next Wednesday noon from the GFS and tropicaltidbits.com

About the Author: John Ensworth

John Ensworth used to work from Longmont as the PI for the NASA through the IGES (The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies). He now teaches technology, algebra, astronomy, meteorology, film school, and Lego robotics to middle/high school.
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Current Weather

Sunny

Sunny

68°F

UV Index
4 Moderate
Pressure
29.64 Falling
Visibility
8 miles
Dewpoint
58 °F
Humidity
70%
Wind
SW 1.6 mph
Gust
3.2 mph
Wind Chill
68 °F

Hourly Forecast

Today
9 AM
71°F
Sunny
Today
10 AM
77°F
Mostly sunny
Today
11 AM
81°F
Partly sunny
Today
12 PM
85°F
Intermittent clouds
Today
1 PM
89°F
Intermittent clouds
Today
2 PM
92°F
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3 PM
91°F
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Today
4 PM
88°F
Mostly cloudy w/ t-storms
Today
5 PM
86°F
Intermittent clouds
Today
6 PM
85°F
Intermittent clouds
Today
7 PM
82°F
Intermittent clouds
Today
8 PM
78°F
Partly sunny

7 Day Forecast

Partly sunny w/ t-storms

Saturday

92 °F

Warmer with intervals of clouds and sunshine, becoming breezy this afternoon with a thunderstorm around


Mostly clear

Saturday Night

57 °F

Clear to partly cloudy


Mostly sunny

Sunday

94 °F

Sunny to partly cloudy and hot


Partly cloudy

Sunday Night

58 °F

Partly cloudy


Partly sunny

Monday

96 °F

Partly sunny and hot; breezy in the afternoon


Mostly clear

Monday Night

55 °F

Windy in the evening; mainly clear


Partly sunny

Tuesday

80 °F

Partly sunny and cooler; breezy in the afternoon


Mostly cloudy

Tuesday Night

52 °F

Mostly cloudy


Mostly cloudy

Wednesday

78 °F

A thunderstorm around in the morning; otherwise, mostly cloudy


Intermittent clouds

Wednesday Night

55 °F

Partly cloudy


Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise
5:30 AM
Sunset
8:32 PM

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