Saturday’s rainfall was a record for the date in Steamboat
July 15, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat Springs is expected to be a little warmer than usual for the third week in July and the week ahead could add to the record daily rainfall for the date of 1.21 inches recorded Sunday.
Meteorologist Aldis Strautins at the National Weather Service confirmed Monday that the powerful thunderstorm that rocked Steamboat between 3 and 4 p.m. Saturday produced enough rain at the official weather station not far from Steamboat Springs High School to set a new record. Saturday's rainfall officially was recorded at 7 a.m. Sunday, reflecting total precipitation in the preceding 24 hours. Strautins said the Sunday morning total represented the seventh highest 24-hour precipitation total ever reported for any month at that site.
July 2013 rainfall now stands at 1.4 inches compared to a monthly average of 1.61 inches.
The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecast a 50 percent chance of thunderstorms for Monday night and a high of 90 degrees Tuesday before daily highs settle into the mid-80s for the rest of the week. The average daily high for July 15 to 19 here is 82 degrees.
The chance of thundershowers tapers off to 20 percent Tuesday and Wednesday before bumping up to 30 percent Thursday.
The amount of rain that fell in the city and on surrounding mountains Saturday afternoon varied significantly. In early afternoon, a lightning storm that flowed north directly over the spine of Emerald Mountain and continued up Copper Ridge, produced a stiff shower that forced patrons of Art in the Park to cluster under artists' tents. But that was just the appetizer to the main course of afternoon storms.
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Unofficial Weather Service observer Art Judson recorded 1.02 inches at his station between downtown and the mountain. But the storm that produced numerous cloud to ground lightning strikes wasn't any less spectacular there than it was at the ski mountain.
"Most of the moisture, 0.92 inches, fell within 30 minutes," Judson said. "The visibility was terrible. It was almost dark."
There was a precipitation reading of 1.58 inches at an unofficial Weather Service station in the Sanctuary. But Dry Lake Campground had received just 0.73 inches as of 7 a.m. Sunday.
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