More than an inch of rain falls Wednesday in Steamboat Springs nearly doubling record for the day
September 12, 2013
Steamboat Springs — It hasn't rained every day this month; it just seems that way.
Steamboat Springs set a precipitation record for Sept. 12 with 1.22 inches falling in the 24-hour period that ended at 7 a.m. Thursday. That more than doubles the prior Sept. 12 record of 0.6 inches recorded in 1909, according to Steamboat weather observer Art Judson.
Steamboat had seen measurable precipitation for six days in a row as of Thursday with 2.15 inches coming since Sept. 10. That nearly equals the typical precipitation for the month of September of 2.19 inches.
There is relief on the way but not until after the weekend.
National Weather Service meteorologist Jim Pringle said the upper level low parked over the Great Basin this week begins to move through Colorado on Friday night.
The good news, according to Pringle, is that once the stalled low-pressure system finally moves to the east, the Colorado Rockies appear to be set to return to more seasonal weather.
"We can expect a major pattern change to a dry, westerly flow early next week," Pringle said.
His colleague Julie Malingowski wrote in the late afternoon forecast discussion Thursday that the new westerly flow will cut off the plume of moisture that has been in place over the region for weeks.
"This major pattern change is the first sign of the approach of autumn in the region," she wrote. "Dry air accompanying this change will allow for sunny days with few isolated showers and thunderstorms over the higher elevations. Temperatures will remain at or slightly above normal Monday through Thursday next week."
Although the 1.22 inches recorded Thursday morning set a record, there were some higher rain totals in the vicinity of Steamboat Springs.
Judson's rain gauge picked up 1.31 and another in The Sanctuary recorded 1.66 inches. Another weather observer 2.5 miles north of the city recorded 1.41 inches of rain. South Routt saw far less rainfall from the storm, with 0.3 inches recorded 5.5 miles east of town and 0.56 inches falling about 0.4 miles to the northeast of Oak Creek. Clark, in North Routt, picked up 0.9 inches.