Monday, September 24, 2012
Steamboat Springs Rainfall finally returned to Steamboat Springs before dawn Monday, but there wasn’t much measurable precipitation to show for it. One weather observer collected .01 inches in his rain gauge at 7 a.m. Monday.
However, the forecast for rain was expected to continue Monday night and Tuesday. The Weather Service was calling for a 30 percent chance of rain overnight increasing to a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms Tuesday with high temperatures in the mid sixties.
Storm Peak face near the top of Steamboat Ski Area has yet to see the light coating of snow that often appears at 10,000 feet on Mount Werner by mid-September. That snow gradually melts before winter sets in but serves as a promise of more serious snowfall in October. The temperature on Storm Peak was expected to get no colder than 40 degrees overnight.
Steamboat Springs weather observer Art Judson confirmed he measured just 0.01 inches of rain Monday. Another weather station just northeast of the city limits counted 0.04 inches, and a weather station in Oak Creek reported nothing. The official National Weather Service site in Steamboat did not record any precipitation Monday morning.
The one-hundredth of an inch at Judson's station brings month-to-date precipitation to 0.43 inches. The biggest rain event of the month was the 0.24 inches that fell Sept. 3. The official measuring site puts the monthly precipitation to date at 0.51 inches, putting this month’s precipitation well behind the average pace that would result in 2.19 inches for September, according to the National Weather Service.