1 week of rain in Steamboat Springs tops June, July and August combined
September 16, 2013
Steamboat Springs — Steamboat's bonus kayak season is unofficially underway as 3 inches of rainfall in seven days have boosted the Yampa River beneath the Fifth Street Bridge in downtown Steamboat Springs to a floatable 241 cubic feet per second.
Monday's streamflow compares to the average for Sept. 16 of 104 cfs.
The unofficial rainfall total for Steamboat Springs on Monday morning was 0.27 inches in the preceding 24 hours, pushing the seven-day total recorded by weather observer Art Judson to 3.05 inches. That's more precipitation than was recorded here in June, July and August combined. Official rainfall amounts for the weekend and Monday had not been posted as of 9 a.m.
Judson's June to August total is 2.77 inches, and the official total is 2.95 inches. Of course, Steamboat's unusually high September rainfall pales in comparison to that of the Front Range and in particular the vicinity of the city of Boulder. The Colorado Climate Center has posted a color-keyed map of the entire state to make it easy for the public to visualize the precipitation that accrued during the course of five days, Sept. 8 to 12, in various locations, including Routt and Moffat counties.
Locations in the Boulder area received 16.9 inches in those five days compared to the average annual precipitation in Boulder of 21 inches.
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Relief from the subtropical moisture pattern is in sight. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a slight chance of showers Monday through Wednesday with the forecast calling for sunny skies Thursday and Friday.
Chris Cuoco, a senior forecaster for the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, was expecting isolated weak showers at higher elevations in the central Colorado Rockies on Monday mixed with sunshine and temperatures warmer than the area experienced during the weekend.
The high temperatures in Steamboat are expected to reach 73 degrees Monday and 78 degrees Tuesday. A trough of low pressure, which fueled precipitation during the weekend, has moved to the east of the area, taking much of the precipitation potential with it, Cuoco wrote.