Much-needed rain Monday night nearly equals June total

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— A rainstorm brought 0.11 inches of rain to Steamboat Springs on Monday night, and while it might not seem like much, it nearly equaled the total rainfall for the entire month of June. It also represented the most precipitation in a single event since 0.17 inches of rain fell on the city May 24.

June saw only 0.14 inches of rain, a fraction of the month’s historic average of 1.54 inches. May also was significantly below average, receiving only 0.68 inches of precipitation compared to the historic average of 2.04 inches.

The extremely dry beginning to summer has combined with a below-average winter to create drought conditions throughout the region. Fire danger has escalated as a result, and flows in the Yampa River are so low that there is a voluntary ban on all forms of recreation on the water. The city of Steamboat Springs enacted mandatory water restrictions for all residents and businesses last week in an attempt to conserve water for this and potential subsequent drought years.

The forecast for the remainder of the week shows a slight cooling of temperatures and a continued chance of passing thunderstorms. Today’s high is expected to reach 90 degrees, and there’s a 20 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms. The forecast is the same for Wednesday’s July 4 holiday.

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