Aug 5, 2014 8:41 AM by Stephen Bowers
Today's weather pattern is one that, once again, favors showers and thunderstorms. The moisture content of the atmosphere is more abundant today than yesterday, which suggests those showers and thunderstorms will be more numerous. To help out low pressure to our west will add some lift and energy to the atmosphere to help initiate the development of showers and thunderstorms, especially this afternoon and evening. A little piece of that low pressure will break off and scoot eastward across Colorado, adding some further rising motion to a water-loaded atmosphere. We will have to monitor the flash flood potential again this afternoon. Tomorrow that low pressure wave moves on and high pressure to our southeast will reclaim its territory over Colorado, helping to dry out the atmosphere and bring an overall end to the rain. Low-level moisture will remain high enough for isolated thunderstorms in the afternoons, especially over the mountains.
Our high temperatures will be primarily in the 80's today with cooler 70's in high elevations. 7 AM to 10 AM will be mostly cloudy with temperatures warming to the mid-to-upper 70's, and by 10 AM a few showers are beginning to develop in the high terrain west of I-25. At noon many areas will warm into the low-to-mid 80's while higher spots including Colorado Springs will hold back in the 70's as clouds thicken and some isolated showers begin forming along the I-25 Corridor. Showers become more numerous through 2 PM and more numerous still through 5 PM before showers and thunderstorms fade this evening.
High pressure helps begin a drying a warming trend tomorrow. High temperatures will warm back into the 80's and 90's with only isolated pop-up thunderstorms each afternoon and similar temperatures through Monday.