June 2013 saw 14 days when high temperatures in Steamboat didn't reach 80 degrees

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— Steamboat residents may recall June 2013 as being unusually warm, and although there were a number of days when the daily high was forecast to touch the 90s, the log maintained by unofficial National Weather Service observer Art Judson reflects that it wasn’t until June 29 that his weather station between downtown and the ski mountain topped out at 90 for the first time. And Judson reported 14 days when the daily high didn’t rise above the 70s.

There were two days in June with high temperatures in the 60s, and June 1 never got warmer than 58 degrees.

There were eight days, one of them as recently as June 23 when the overnight low sank to the 30s and just three nights when it stayed above the 50-degree mark.

The Yampa River has leveled off at about 182 cubic feet per second, well below the median for July 1 of 588 cfs, but ample for recreational floating and fishing. That flow includes 32 cfs supplied by Fish Creek. Several more streams are boosting the Yampa to 214 cfs below Soda Creek on the west side of downtown.

A year ago on this date, the Yampa River at Fifth Street was flowing at a record low for the date of 143 cfs and that number was inflated by about 26 cfs thanks to a conservation lease arranged by the Colorado Water Trust. That release has not yet been put in place in 2013, but Kevin McBride, of the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District, confirmed Friday that talks are ongoing.

The Elk River at its confluence with the Yampa about 7 miles west of Steamboat was flowing at 381 cfs Monday morning compared to the median flow for the date of 1,260 cfs. Further down the Yampa River Basin, at Deer Lodge Park and the entrance to Dinosaur National Monument, the Yampa is flowing at 671 cfs. It reached a record low for July 1 in 2012 when it was flowing at just 89 cfs.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email tross@SteamboatToday.com

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