Anomalously-strong jet stream winds over Colorado

March 25th, 2020 |

GOES-16 Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images, with plots of Derived Motion Winds and contours of RUC40 model maximum wind speeds [click to play animation | MP4]

GOES-16 Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images, with plots of 6.2 µm Derived Motion Winds and contours of RUC40 model maximum wind speeds [click to play animation | MP4]

An anomalously-strong upper tropospheric jet stream was moving over northern Colorado on 25 March 2020 — GOES-16 (GOES-East) Upper-level Water Vapor (6.2 µm) images, with plots of Derived Motion Winds and contours of RUC40 model maximum wind speeds (above) revealed that the highest satellite-tracked Derived Motion Wind speeds just northeast of Grand Junction, Colorado (KGJT) were 165 knots. RUC40 model Maximum Wind Speed values were also around 165 knots across that area. The strongest wind speeds in 00 UTC rawinsonde data from Grand Junction were 160 knots (below).

Plot of rawinsonde data from Grand Junction, Colorado at 00 UTC on 26 March [click to enlarge]

Plot of rawinsonde data from Grand Junction, Colorado at 00 UTC on 26 March [click to enlarge]

The 250 hPa GFS model wind speed anomalies (below) were 3-4 sigma above normal over northern Colorado at 00 UTC on 26 March (source).

250 hPa wind speed anomalies at 00 UTC on 26 March [click to enlarge]

250 hPa wind speed anomalies at 00 UTC on 26 March [click to enlarge]

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