Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs received an entire month’s worth of rain in the four-day period from Friday to Monday. The precipitation resulted a temporary spike in river levels, but both the Elk and Yampa rivers had returned to more seasonal flow norms by Monday afternoon.
June is typically Steamboat’s driest month, but local weather observer Art Judson confirmed Monday that his official weather station had picked up 1.67 inches of rain since Friday. That compares to the average of 1.53 inches for the entire month, and brings the total for June 2010 to 1.72 inches.
The skies are expected to clear for the remainder of the week, save the occasional afternoon thunderstorm typical of this time of year. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction forecast mostly sunny skies today with highs in the mid-70s.
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The Yampa River rebounded to 3,000 cubic feet per second on the strength of the rain in Steamboat on Sunday night, but resumed stair-stepping down to the seasonal median flow of 1,850 cfs.
The Elk River east of Milner was at flood stage of 7.5 feet early Sunday morning but dropped dramatically to just above 6 feet by Monday morning with streamflows at 3,530 cfs, still well above the average of 2,260 cfs.
Judson said he had 0.14 inches of water in his gauge Saturday morning, 1.28 inches Sunday morning and 0.25 inches Monday morning.
Although 24-hour precipitation totals of more than an inch are not common in Steamboat, Judson said, the city did see 1.08 inches fall May 20.
The one-day record for rainfall in June was the 2.57 inches that fell June 14, 1921.
The most precipitation to fall locally in any day was the snowfall of 30 inches — the equivalent of 2.71 inches of water — March 2, 1929, Judson said.