August rainfall total for Steamboat still below average

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— Even after Wednesday evening’s rain, which was strong enough to cancel the last Town Challenge mountain bike race of the year, Steamboat still is more than an inch short of August’s average precipitation total with about a week left in the month.

Steamboat weather observer Art Judson measured 0.18 inches of precipitation early Thursday morning. That brings the monthly total to 0.65 inches, compared to an average of 1.71 inches for August.

A weather monitoring station near Oak Creek measured 0.41 inches of rain from Wednesday's storm, and a station north of Steamboat measured 0.37 inches of precipitation.

More rain is expected Thursday, with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms forecast by the National Weather Service.

Meteorologist Dennis Phillips with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction said Wednesday that the bulk of the storm moving in before the weekend looked like it would hit Steamboat on Thursday.

The weekend is predicted to be mostly clear with highs back in the 80s. Those temperatures could last into early next week.

The cycle could then repeat itself with a chance for another storm late next week.

"Models show moisture trying to return as the ridge starts to get flattened by the next trough late next week," Phillips said Wednesday.

The below-average rainfall seen this month follows a July that was the fifth wettest on record, with a total of 3.23 inches that was more than double the historic average of 1.61 inches for Steamboat.

To reach Michael Schrantz, call 970-871-4206 or email mschrantz@SteamboatToday.com

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