Friday, August 7, 2015

Tour of Utah Storms?

Stage 5 of the Tour of Utah takes place this afternoon with a circuit covering the Avenues, Capital Hill, and Downtown Salt Lake City.

Source: Tour of Utah
The start is scheduled for 4:40 PM, with an estimated finish at 6:45 PM.

An unfortunate aspect of the Tour of Utah and the US Pro Cycling Challenge in Colorado is that they are held in August, during the peak of the North American Monsoon.  Thus, there is often a threat of thunderstorms.  Climatologically, that risk peaks in the afternoon and evening.

Showers and thunderstorms are definitely a concern for the circuit this afternoon.  The latest HRRR, for example, suggests a significant chance of showers and thunderstorms in the northern part of the state.

There is a chance that some of these storms could be strong and the Storm Prediction Center has given us a marginal risk of severe storms.

Here's their summary from their convective outlook issued at 1029 MDT this morning.

Hopefully the Tour of Utah will be fortunate and the area will miss out on the action later this afternoon or just see some rain.  However, they should have plans in place for heavy rain, strong winds, and hail just in case.

1 comment:

  1. It looks like conditions may be alright during the race, but later this evening, there could be a decent chance for an MCS to form over the west desert given the shear and instability. That may be more of a hopecast than a good forecast though.