Thunderstorm brings needed rain

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— The thunderstorm that lashed the upper Yampa Valley Tuesday night more than doubled July precipitation to date.

Weather observer Art Judson recorded 0.34 inches of rain at his measuring station between downtown Steamboat Springs and the base of the ski area.

In a story that deadlined at 5 p.m. Tuesday and published today, the Steamboat Today reported July precipitation had totaled just 0.22 inches as of July 22.

Prior to the overnight thunderstorm, Judson said, the heaviest July rainfall had been 0.1 inches that fell July 3.

The revised July total to date of 0.56 inches still leaves Steamboat behind the pace for an average July of 1.54 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction rates the chance of precipitation this afternoon and evening at 30 percent, but cautions that the biggest thunderstorms could produce heavy rain. The potential for heavy rain is greater in the southwest portion of Colorado, where the storm cells will be more numerous.

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