Storm clouds form behind an idle gondola car Sunday afternoon at the base of Mount Werner. The .01 inches of rain that fell Saturday was the first measurable precipitation in the city in a month.

Photo by Scott Franz

Storm clouds form behind an idle gondola car Sunday afternoon at the base of Mount Werner. The .01 inches of rain that fell Saturday was the first measurable precipitation in the city in a month.

After a drizzle, Steamboat receives 1st measurable precipitation in a month

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— It barely activated any windshield wipers, but the 0.01 inches of rain that fell Saturday in Steamboat Springs was the first measurable precipitation the city has seen in a month.

Until the drizzle arrived at about 2:30 p.m., Steamboat was facing its first waterless June in decades.

The month still will end well below its average precipitation of 1.68 inches since 1981.

“It’s amazing the grass is still green, but it is,” weather observer Art Judson said Sunday summarizing the dry month. “Hopefully, chances for rain (in July) are better than the month that just ended.”

How rare has rainfall been this month?

Rare enough for Judson to get a phone call from a friend about the start of the rain that produced the first measurable precipitation.

Areas around Steamboat fared better from the afternoon thunderstorms.

A measuring station in Oak Creek picked up 0.07 inches of precipitation, and a station 7.9 miles west northwest of Steamboat picked up 0.19 inches.

The small taste of rain may be the last for a week.

Tom Renwick, a forecaster with the National Weather in Grand Junction, said Sunday that the first week of July holds very few chances for significant rainfall.

“It looks like more of the same,” he said. “The high pressure just doesn’t want to break down, so you should see warm temperatures and breezy afternoons.”

The Weather Service is calling for a mostly sunny Independence Day with a high of 86 degrees.

To reach Scott Franz, call 970-871-4210 or email scottfranz@SteamboatToday.com

Comments

Scott Wedel 1 year, 4 months ago

The "Oak Creek" weather station is not in Oak Creek. It is in Stagecoach which has a zipcode associated with the Town of Oak Creek.

I was in Oak Creek that night and there was a good half hour rain.

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walt jones 1 year, 4 months ago

.01 inches should be considered nothing. It's like telling your doctor you excersise because you walk from one end of your home to the other.
Basically if you average it out for the valley it didn't rain at all in June. A pocket of rain here or there doesn't mean the whole valley got .01 in of rain for the month.

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Bret Marx 1 year, 4 months ago

The fire danger sign at the mtn. Fire station today read "very high". Let's blow off some fireworks! County prepares to enact stage 1 fire ban. Let's blow off some fireworks! 19 firefighters die in AZ from a wildfire. Let's blow off some fireworks! See what I'm getting at here?

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walt jones 1 year, 4 months ago

Bret, agree with you 100%!!!!! Waiting to see how long they wait until the cancel the Balloons now too.

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