Return of seasonal temperatures in the mid-80s forecast for Steamboat Springs


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— After a week when dark clouds built up every afternoon in the Steamboat Springs area with very little rain to show for it within city limits, a light rain fell steadily Wednesday evening with a little less than a tenth of an inch of rain accumulating at two measuring stations on the northeast side of town.

The big winner in the rain derby was Clark, where a weather observer reporting to the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow network founded by Colorado State University reported 0.6 inches of rain.

Almost as soon as a little rain showed up in Steamboat, the National Weather Service issued a forecast for mostly sunny skies over Routt County through Saturday. The daily high here hasn’t reached 80 degrees since Aug. 6, but temperatures are expected to reach the mid-80s Thursday through Saturday.

To the north and northeast of Steamboat, community observers turned in reports of 0.07 and 0.08 inches. Another station 1.7 miles northwest of Oak Creek saw 0.4 inches.

The Weather Service had not updated August-to-date rain for Steamboat on Wednesday morning, but the unofficial numbers add up to about three-tenths of an inch for the month.

The most significant precipitation in Steamboat for the month is the 0.23 inches that fell Aug. 2. The low temperature for the month was the 41 degrees recorded Aug. 9 and 10.

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