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

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

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.
Scott Franz

— 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

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