Steamboat Springs could see more rain this weekend |

Steamboat Springs could see more rain this weekend

Luke Graham
Storm clouds brew over Sleeping Giant on Friday afternoon as a fast-moving storm brought heavy rain and lightning to the area.
John F. Russell

— After one of the driest Junes on record, late afternoon thunderstorms are on the horizon, and Steamboat got a taste of it Friday afternoon.

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction predicts chances of rain at 50 to 60 percent for the next few days.

“We’re certainly expecting it (Friday), Saturday and Sunday,” meteorologist Ben Moyer said. “With a flow pattern during the afternoon and evening. It will be hot in the day and then thunderstorms.”

With a high pressure system in the center of Arizona circulating clockwise and bringing moisture from the Pacific, the storms are moving west to east.

“Expect mid- to late afternoon showers that will fizzle out after sunset,” Moyer said.

The tricky thing, he said, is with Steamboat near the Continental Divide and the storms developing just east of it, sometimes they will trickle away without leaving a trace.

Temperatures, however, are expected to stay in the mid-80s.

As of 10:15 a.m. Friday, the Yampa was flowing at 159 cubic feet per second.

Moyer said things should dry out by Tuesday, but initial forecasts are calling for more moisture next weekend.

“By next weekend, we’re seeing a much better surge of moisture,” he said. “But that’s still a week away.”

July is the driest month on record since 1981. It averages 1.61 inches of precipitation.

This year, June — which usually averages 1.68 inches — barely received a trace of moisture, collecting just 0.01 inches.

This year, March and April got more precipitation than average. May was slightly below.

In 2012, after a dry spring and start to the summer, July received a total of 2.36 inches of precipitation.

It peaked July 7, with 0.69 inches of rain.

The all time high for July was 4.98 inches in 1912.

To reach Luke Graham, call 970-871-4229 or email

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