Storm clouds hover Wednesday morning over Steamboat Ski Area. Weather observer Art Judson reported that the average daily high temperature in May was 64.6 degrees.

Photo by John F. Russell

Storm clouds hover Wednesday morning over Steamboat Ski Area. Weather observer Art Judson reported that the average daily high temperature in May was 64.6 degrees.

May in Steamboat Springs was warmer than you think

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— If it feels like you just survived a cold month of May, perhaps it’s because you went to bed and left the windows open.

Weather observer Art Judson reported Friday that the average daily high temperature in May was a mild 64.6 degrees with 12 days when the daily high was in the 70s or higher (it reached 80 degrees May 27). However, even though there were only five subfreezing nights, there were nine days when the overnight low was in the range of 32 to 34 degrees and the average nightly low was 35.1 degrees.

And Steamboat did experience snow in town. It snowed 2.3 inches May 1, 0.7 inches May 20 when 6 inches fell on Rabbit Ears Pass, and another 0.2 inches May 21.

Judson predicted we’ve seen the last snow of the season in town, then hedged his bet.

“Winter snowfall here finished with 210.9 inches (although we could get a little more) compared to a normal of 179.6 inches. That's 17.6 feet and 17.4 percent above average. Not bad for a winter that was forecast to have below normal snowfall,” Judson said.

The ski area finished the ski season with 338 inches of snow at midmountain.

Final May precipitation totaled 2.52 inches compared with the average for the month of 2.24 inches.

May also went out with a blast of wind: Judson reported gusts on Mount Werner reached 53 mph Thursday.

The summer months in Steamboat typically are drier than the month of May that just ended. Average precipitation in June, July and August is 1.77 inches, 1.52 inches and 1.6 inches, respectively.

The National Weather Service was predicting a warm and dry start to June with a high of 69 degrees Saturday followed by 81 degrees Sunday and 82 degrees Monday. However, Steamboat isn’t done with cool nights; overnight temperatures are expected to reach the low 40s through Thursday.

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

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