Monsoon visit to Steamboat lasts just a day before heat returns
August 6, 2012
Steamboat Springs — Monday represents the best chance of the workweek for rainfall as a monsoonal flow arrives from Utah in the morning and continues to influence local weather into the evening.
A radar loop posted by the National Weather Service in Grand Junction showed a storm cell tracking northwest from Green River, Utah, at 7:30 a.m. Monday on its way to the Yampa Valley, where it could bring moderate moisture.
However, by Tuesday a high pressure system was expected to park over Northern Arizona, cutting off the monsoon flow and allowing a drier northwest flow to bring sunshine and daily high temperatures in the upper 80s for the rest of the week.
The Yampa River where it flows beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs was hanging in at flows of 89 cubic feet per second Monday morning after tracking a gradual but steady decline from about 115 cfs July 30. Monday morning's flow was 4 cfs above the 85 cfs threshold needed for commercial tubing rental companies to operate.
Seven blocks downstream, below the confluence with Soda Creek, the river was flowing at 98 cfs.
About 8 miles upstream from Steamboat Springs, the dam at Lake Catamount was releasing 16.2 cfs from it spillway and 90.3 cfs from its outlet.
The Elk River near its confluence with the Yampa west of Steamboat was flowing at 84 cfs Monday morning.