July already 2nd wettest in Steamboat history

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— With four days remaining in the month, this already has been the second rainiest July on record. And the forecast calls for rain.

Weather observer Art Judson said that as of 7 a.m. Wednesday he had recorded 3.68 inches of precipitation this July, moving this month past July 1937, which had 3.57 inches.

More than an inch of rain would have to fall on Judson’s rain gauge between downtown and the ski mountain by 7 a.m. Monday in order to break the all-time July record of 4.98 inches set in 1912. On average in Steamboat, July is the second driest month of the year after June.

Recording of weather records here began in 1909, Judson said.

A good portion of this month’s rain fell in the first 12 days — 1.24 inches was recorded during the day July 7 and into the morning July 8. By July 11, Steamboat already had seen 2.62 inches of rain.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was rating the chance of thunderstorms at 30 percent today. And the possibility of rain continues through Sunday, though the chance of precipitation is overlaid by a gradual drying trend.

Daily showers are most apt to form over high ridges, according to the report.

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

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