July rainfall already double the average for entire month


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Pleasant Valley rain on July 19, 2011

Steamboat's wet July continued Tuesday with an afternoon storm through Pleasant Valley.

— Weather observer Art Judson reported Tuesday morning that Steamboat’s month-to-date precipitation in July already is double the average amount for what is typically the second driest month of the year.

Judson had recorded 3.17 inches of moisture as of 7 a.m. Tuesday at his rain gauge between downtown Steamboat Springs and the ski area.

The average rainfall amount for the month is 1.54 inches.

July is second only to June in terms of the scarcity of moisture. June 2011 saw 0.77 inches of precipitation.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was forecasting a 50 percent chance of scattered thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon and evening with the chance for showers continuing through Thursday.

However, meteorologists at the NWS expect the monsoonal flow that has been driving subtropical moisture in northern Colorado to begin to shift to the east, allowing a drying trend to take hold in the northwest part of the state

The weather is expected to change for the better in time for the weekend with sunny skies expected Friday and Saturday and high temperatures in the low 80s.

— To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com


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