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The Front Range Forecast: Mild and dry for a while...

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Figure 5: the 5 day precipitation total from the GFS and weather5280.com

In Brief:

Pretty mild and pretty dry for the week.

Forecast Discussion:

A very quiet period stretches out ahead of us. Figure 1 shows periods of clouds mid-week with pretty normal/mild temperatures. You won't see much this week but a slow snow melt. There are chances of mountain snows on Thanksgiving Eve and Thanksgiving morning (Figure 2), but even up there, snow will be scattered.

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Figure 1: the 10 day graphical forecast for Denver.
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Figure 2: the surface map and precipitation map for Wed/Thur midnight as Thanksgiving starts from the GFS and tropicaltidbits.com

The Longer Range Forecast:

Our next small chance of precipitation comes with a minor trough (red line in Figure 3) approaching the state Saturday evening. The GFS doesn't give us any precipitation with this trough (Figure 4) even when the weatherunderground model sees a small chance (Figure 1). Over the next full 5 days, precipitation will be very light state-wide except for a few spots in the mountains and Palmer Divide (Figure 5). 

Thanksgiving Forecast:

We should see a high around 47F and a low around 23F with clearing skies. Winds will be dying down as the day progresses. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

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Figure 3: the 500mb upper air forecast map from the GFS and tropicaltidbits for Saturday PM.
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Figure 4: the surface map and precipitation map for Sunday morning from the GFS and tropicaltidbits.com
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Figure 5: the 5 day precipitation total from the GFS and weather5280.com

 


About the Author: John Ensworth

John Ensworth works from Longmont as the Principle Investigator for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Earth and space science education product review through the IGES (The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies – www.strategies.org).
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Current Weather

Clear

Clear

38°F

UV Index
0 Low
Pressure
30.04 Steady
Visibility
8 miles
Dewpoint
13 °F
Humidity
35%
Wind
SW 3.8 mph
Gust
7.5 mph
Wind Chill
35 °F

12 Hour Forecast

Tomorrow
12 AM
29°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
1 AM
28°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
2 AM
26°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
3 AM
24°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
4 AM
22°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
5 AM
21°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
6 AM
19°F
Mostly clear
Tomorrow
7 AM
21°F
Mostly cloudy
Tomorrow
8 AM
24°F
Mostly cloudy
Tomorrow
9 AM
28°F
Mostly cloudy
Tomorrow
10 AM
32°F
Mostly cloudy
Tomorrow
11 AM
38°F
Mostly cloudy

7 Day Forecast

Sunny

Friday

51 °F

Abundant sunshine


Partly cloudy

Friday Night

19 °F

Partly cloudy


Mostly cloudy

Saturday

47 °F

Mostly cloudy


Mostly clear

Saturday Night

26 °F

Mainly clear


Mostly cloudy

Sunday

59 °F

Turning cloudy


Intermittent clouds

Sunday Night

25 °F

Clouds breaking


Cloudy

Monday

49 °F

Cloudy and cooler; there could be a period of snow at night


Snow

Monday Night

20 °F

Snow at times, accumulating 1-3 inches


Flurries

Tuesday

30 °F

Cloudy with a bit of snow with little or no accumulation; colder; storm total snowfall 1-3 inches


Flurries

Tuesday Night

17 °F

Considerable clouds with a couple of flurries


Sunrise and Sunset

Sunrise
7:11 AM
Sunset
4:35 PM

Based on AccuWeather data