Sunday, July 12, 2020
A batch of mid-level atmospheric moisture has brought clouds and comfortable temperatures in the mid-seventies to Steamboat Springs this Sunday noon. Several more batches of moisture follow later today and Monday, with modest chances that we will see wetting rains today and Monday ahead of a cool front timed for Monday night or early Tuesday. Other than slightly cooler temperatures on a dry Tuesday, we’ll see breezy westerly winds around the front on both Monday and Tuesday before winds relax and temperatures rise by midweek. There may another couple of batches of moisture for modest shower chances around Thursday and Saturday afternoons as well.
Currently, a ridge of high pressure sits over the southwestern quarter of the U.S. while a storm is moving across British Columbia. Some monsoonal moisture has made it into our area from the southwest, leading to the possibility of some showers this afternoon and evening.
The storm in British Columbia is forecast to move east across southern Canada and drag a cool front through our area later Monday night or early Tuesday. Winds will increase ahead of and behind the cool front Monday and Tuesday, along with more showers possible on Monday and a slightly cooler but dry Tuesday.
Temperatures increase to above our average of 82 F starting midweek as a ridge of high pressure rebuilds behind the grazing cool front. Weather forecast models predict another couple of batches of moisture for some shower chances around Thursday and Saturday afternoons, though that forecast is subject to change as that will depend on exactly how and where the ridge of high pressure rebuilds. Stay tuned to my next weather narrative on Thursday afternoon to see how these next batches of moisture evolve.