Jul 9, 2014 9:43 AM by Stephen Bowers
Our Wednesday started quietly with no rain and hardly any cloud cover across Colorado. Moisture is still present in the lower levels of the atmosphere. The rising air motion needed for rain will be generated by afternoon heating since warm air rises. The afternoon upslope breeze will add to that so that we do see another round of thunderstorms this afternoon that begins in the mountains and then moves out toward I-25 and then weakens over the Plains this evening.
This morning will be warmed by sunshine. We will find temperatures in the 70's with 80's along the Lower Arkansas Valley by 10 AM. By lunch time the rest of the area warms into the 80's while the Plains will creep up toward 90 degrees. From 2 PM to 5 PM temperatures will be in the 80's and 90's with spotty showers developing. Timing of the storms will be similar today yesterday: late afternoon and evening, but they will not be as widespread as they were yesterday. With more heat today versus yesterday, some of the storms could produce some hail and gusty winds.
After today, the best we will do is isolated afternoon and evening showers and thunderstorms tomorrow through Saturday as temperatures warm through the 80's and 90's. Sunday sees showers and thunderstorms become more numerous in coverage and temperatures will ease back slightly with the increase in rain. We will keep spotty afternoon storms around on Monday and Tuesday with temperatures holding steady.