May 5, 2014 8:40 AM by Stephen Bowers
Yesterday was the warmest day since September. We start our Monday morning with temperatures in the 50's and 60's. Forties are limited only to the high elevations. A bit of a downslope breeze has been blowing this morning at 10-15 mph. The breeze will pick up and will blow 15-25 mph with gusts to around 35-40 mph this afternoon. Temperature-wise, expect highs mainly in the 80's with 60's and 70's in the higher elevations along and west of I-25. Areas of the Southeastern Plains could be very close to the 90-degree mark this afternoon. Stepping through the day, expect to warm from 7 AM to 10 AM from the 50's and 60's into the low-to-mid 70's along I-25 and near 80 in the Southeastern Plains. By noon, 80's become more common along the Arkansas Valley and the Southeastern Plains, while higher elevations along and west of I-25 will hold back in the mid-to-upper 70's. From 2 PM to 5 PM, nearly everyone reaches into the 80's with 60's & 70's in the high elevations and near-90-degree readings in the Plains. Throughout the day, the sun will shine through clouds, very much like we saw yesterday. While we will see some sun in breaks within the clouds, the hour-by-hour forecast is not handling today's cloud cover very well.
An upper level low pressure circulation off the Pacific Northwest Coast is focusing a stream of moisture in the middle and upper atmosphere right over the top of Colorado. That moisture aloft is in the form of cloud cover. We saw a fair amount of cloud cover yesterday, and we likely will see that again today. As that upper low approaches from our northwest, the wind will steadily increase today, tomorrow, and Wednesday. Wind will subside on Thursday, but that may well come with scattered showers and a few thunderstorms in the upslope breeze behind that big upper level low pressure circulation that passes to our east. Temperatures will gradually step down with the approach of the upper low. Thursday will be the coolest day with plenty of cloud cover and even some rain that will especially focused on the higher terrain along and west of I-25.
The Skysox and the Rockies are home tonight. The Skysox play the Memphis Redbirds. First pitch is at 6:35 PM. Temperatures will start near 75 and cool into the 60's for much of the game. The Rockies play the Texas Rangers. First pitch is at 6:40 PM. Temperatures will start in the 70's for the Rockies game, too, and cool slowly through the 60's under a partly cloudy sky.