Updated June 4, 2012 at 4:48 p.m.
Previous high temperatures
June 4, 1909: 86
June 4, 1988 and '87: 85
June 4, 2000: 84
June 4, 1994: 83
Steamboat Springs Today stands to be the hottest day of the year thus far in Steamboat Springs, with the unofficial record for June 4 now set at 87 degrees.
The National Weather Service also forecasts a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms after 3 p.m. The chance for storms will continue into tonight before giving way to clearer conditions Tuesday, when the temperature will slip a few degrees to a daytime high of 87. Breezy conditions are expected Tuesday, with gusts from 10 to 20 mph.
Because of those winds, the National Weather Service has issued a fire weather watch Tuesday for areas of Western Colorado, including Routt County. A fire weather watch means “critical fire weather conditions are forecast to occur,” with flare-ups resulting from lightning strikes particularly concerning.
The remainder of the week will be dominated by sunny skies and highs in the mid-80s. Overnight lows will drop into the upper 30s.
The Yampa River was flowing through downtown Steamboat at just 464 cubic feet per second this morning, compared to a historic June 4 average of 2,290 cfs. The lowest streamflow on record for June 4 is 280 cfs in 1934. The highest is 5,190 cfs in 1952.
2012 snow water equivalent at Rabbit Ear Pass