July rainfall in Steamboat Springs pacing ahead of monthly norms

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— Steamboat Springs received 0.16 inch of rain in a gentle shower before the sun set Thursday evening, bringing the July total of 1.59 inches within two one-hundredths of an inch of the average precipitation for the month.

However, most weather stations around Steamboat Springs received more precipitation. A rain gauge 1.9 miles northeast of the city came in with 0.36 inch, and another just a half-mile northeast of the city received 0.28 inch.

The exception was a rain gauge maintained by a participant in the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail & Snow Network about 7 miles southwest of Steamboat that received just 0.06 inch.

The chance of thunderstorms Friday night dips to 20 percent before skies clear up for the weekend and beyond.

Precipitation Thursday was heavier near Oak Creek. One community network site northwest of Oak Creek tallied a half-inch of rain, and another 5.5 miles to the east measured 0.48 inch.

Meeker saw some of the heaviest rain in Northwest Colorado with 0.98 inch. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction doesn’t foresee any precipitation in the next six days, but it will be hot. The daily highs could bump 90 degrees through Thursday. Typical daily high temperatures for the fourth week in July are about 82 degrees.

Southwest Colorado received significantly more rain Thursday night than the northwest, but even there, amounts varied widely. Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park recorded 1.92 inches, but the nearby city of Montrose had just 0.2 inch, while a rain gauge 11 miles to the northeast picked up 1.05 inches.

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

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