May nearing average rainfall for month in Steamboat Springs |

May nearing average rainfall for month in Steamboat Springs

— After 0.15 inches of rain fell overnight Tuesday into Wednesday, Steamboat Springs was closing in on average precipitation for May.

Weather observer Art Judson confirmed that as of 7 a.m. Wednesday, precipitation for the month was 2.18 inches with a gentle rain continuing to fall. Average precipitation for May is 2.24 inches.

Not far from Judson's weather station between downtown Steamboat and the mountain, there was a little more rain at a slightly higher elevation. Weather stations maintained by volunteers with the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network recorded 0.19 and 0.16 inches of precipitation.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction was forecasting a 70 percent chance of showers throughout the day Wednesday slipping back to 50 percent overnight when the low temperature was expected to reach 35 degrees.

Steamboat has a 20 percent chance of rain mixed with snow during the day Thursday, but the temperature will rise to 61 degrees in the afternoon, and there is no rain in the forecast Friday through Sunday.

A Community Collaborative Network volunteer living west of Steamboat and north of U.S. Highway 40 recorded 0.2 inches of moisture overnight Wednesday, but farther north in Clark, there was just 0.09 inches. The volunteer observer in Yampa reported 0.11 inches.

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Much of the moisture in May accumulated during a two-day event that ended May 20 with 0.9 inches of total precipitation that included nearly an inch of snow.

Nick Bencke, of the U.S. Forest Service, visited the summit of Buffalo Pass on Tuesday, and his photograph of the Tower measuring site confirmed 60 inches of standing snow at 10,700 feet elevation.

To reach Tom Ross, call 970-871-4205 or email

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