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Best chance of wetting rains on Wednesday and Thursday

Sunday, July 8, 2018

The dominant ridge of high pressure over most of the country will keep the hot temperatures around in Steamboat Springs through Monday and part of Tuesday before a good chance of wetting rains and cooler temperatures arrives midweek. Then, along with the return of hot temperatures heading into next weekend, the chances for showers will again decrease.

But first, similar to yesterday, this Sunday will have a chance of afternoon and evening showers as some moisture remains trapped under the western portion of the ridge. Precipitation chances diminish on Monday and possibly Tuesday as the ridge and its associated trapped moisture is pushed eastward by a Pacific storm forecast to cross the Pacific Northwest coast Monday night.

Though the storm is forecast to travel well to our north along the Canadian border, a weak cool front passing through northern Colorado may allow for the possibility of some showers later Tuesday and overnight.

By Wednesday, the weak cool front looks to conspire with a wave of energy moving westward from the southern Mississippi Valley along the southern periphery of the ridge, and bring cooler temperatures closer to average for Wednesday and Thursday along with a good chance of wetting rains.

The cooler temperatures for midweek will warm starting Friday and the weekend as drier air is advertised by some weather forecast models to follow behind the departing cool front. Unfortunately, this also looks to minimize any chances for further precipitation, though subtle changes in the forecast ridge position may allow for some chances during the weekend.

For those not visiting the SnowAlarm site regularly, I’d like to also draw your attention to some added functionality on the home page which shows the past three days of temperature, relative humidity and wind from the Bob Adams airport here in Steamboat Springs, as well as some other surrounding stations. Refer to my last blog post for more details and a way to view your favorite locations.

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Three day time series of Steamboat Springs temperature and wind added!

Friday, July 6, 2018

Steamboat Springs time series of temperature and wind example screenshot

I’ve added some new functionality to the home page that displays a time series of the Steamboat Springs temperature, relative humidity, wind, wind gust and wind direction over the last three days from the local Bob Adams airport.

I also show a weather summary of the maximum and minimum temperatures below the temperature chart and the maximum wind and wind gust below the wind chart.

Click on the heading ‘Local Temperatures, Winds & Precipitation‘ on the home page to access it.

Note that clicking on the image will open a new window with a larger and more detailed view.

I’ve also added the ability to view a three day time series for Hayden and Denver. I am considering the addition of other locations; please email me your favorite locations and I’ll try and find a station nearby that reports to the National Weather Service, and I’ll see what I can do.

Some moisture finally arrives

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Contrary to my last forecast, some moisture has arrived over the Steamboat Springs area courtesy of a large ridge of high pressure that has moved eastward over the central U.S. Clockwise flow around this high pressure has has carried Gulf of Mexico moisture first westward into New Mexico and eastern Colorado and then northward over the Colorado Rocky Mountains. The moisture will be enough to finally bring the chance of afternoon and evening showers to our area starting on this Thursday.

Several waves of Pacific energy moving well to our north will periodically deform the ridge of high pressure over the next couple of weeks, with subtle changes in the strength and position of the high pressure moderating the chance of afternoon and evening showers.

Timing of these waves has already proven to be quite difficult, but right now we may see a decrease in chances for late-day showers on Friday and Saturday before they increase again by later Sunday in advance of another one of these Pacific waves.

A decrease in shower activity is currently advertised for Monday and Tuesday afternoons before another Pacific wave moves to our north around midweek and increases shower chances for Wednesday.

Though another decrease in late-day shower chances may occur for the end of the work week, moisture does look to hang around with increasing shower chances heading into next weekend as a more robust southwestern monsoon signal is forecast to send moisture and energy northward from Mexico.

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Seasonable temperatures with some moisture midweek

Sunday, July 1, 2018

A fairly quiet weather week is forecast for Steamboat Springs with some moisture arriving around Independence Day that may yield some clouds and a small chance of showers. Otherwise seasonable temperatures are forecast to become hot before cooling again for the weekend.

The cold front that blasted through Steamboat Springs around 12:30 pm Saturday dropped the temperature from 68 F to 57 F in about 2 hours, which is impressive during the hottest part of the summer when we had above 90 F temperatures only two days before. Unfortunately, there was very little moisture associated with the front as only a few very large raindrops from melted hail fell.

Dry weather and seasonable temperatures will prevail for the rest of today, Monday and Tuesday before an expansive and hot ridge of high pressure elongates westward from the East Coast through midweek. Some moisture is drawn northward along the western periphery of the ridge and will bring some clouds and a small chance of showers for Independence Day.

The small amount of moisture erodes on what is forecast to be a dry Thursday and Friday as temperatures soar to above normal when the ridge of high pressure moves over the southwestern states.

Though the dry forecast extends through at least next weekend, temperatures look to moderate back towards seasonable levels as an incoming Pacific storm traveling along the Canadian border drags some cooler air across the northern U.S.

Earlier forecasts had indicated the southwestern monsoon might be starting this week, but current longer term forecasts have backed away from that scenario. For what its worth, they currently indicate some monsoon-like moisture moving into the southwestern U.S. near the end of the following week as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds over the southwest.

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Several cool fronts in time for the weekend

Thursday, June 28, 2018

A Pacific storm currently crossing the West Coast will drag several cool fronts through the Steamboat Springs area starting Friday as the storm passes mostly north of our area this weekend. We’ll see cooler temperatures closer to normal, the possibility of showers later Saturday and continued gusty winds before hot temperatures return for the start of the Independence Day week.

After another hot day with gusty afternoon winds on this Thursday, a couple of dry cool fronts arriving early and late in the day Friday will knock temperatures back a bit, along with continued gusty winds.

Saturday is starting to look more interesting as the last cool front is now trending stronger in the American weather forecast models, after the same models showed a weakening trend earlier in the week. Furthermore, today is the first day that they show some moisture with the cool front, leading to a fairly uncertain forecast for later Saturday. While gusty winds are advertised by all the models, a stronger and wetter cool front would lead to at least the chance of Saturday afternoon and evening storms, with some possibly strong, and cooler afternoon temperatures.

If the front comes in on the stronger side later Saturday, then Sunday will start on the cool side, though all models have decreased winds and seasonably warm temperatures by the end of the day.

Temperatures will increase on Monday and become hot again by Tuesday as a ridge of high pressure that is forecast to move towards the East Coast elongates back westward across the country. There does seem to be some moisture that is transported northward into Colorado along the western periphery of the ridge starting around Independence Day, and this may be a signal that the Southwestern Monsoon is starting. However the moisture is sparse and little more than clouds and a small possibility of light showers is currently indicated for the end of the work week.

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