Sunday, June 19, 2022
A mix of sun and clouds with temperatures around seventy degrees are over the Steamboat Springs area this Sunday afternoon. We may see some showers from these clouds today, though wetting rains will be hard to come by for most locations except southwest Colorado. A grazing storm then brings a weak cool front through our area tonight along with dry air that will stick around for most of the work week.
A deep and cold storm currently in the Great Basin is battling an expansive ridge of high pressure extending from central U.S. into the Canadian Plains. This is a battle the Great Basin storm will lose as we head into the first day of summer on Tuesday, which is marked by the summer solstice and the longest day of the year. This occurs when the sun has reached its northernmost extent in the northern hemisphere, which for 2022 occurs at 3:13 am MDT Tuesday.
The currently breezy winds from the south will turn to be from the southwest and decrease as the Great Basin storm is deflected to our northwest tonight and eventually into Montana on Monday. Along with the much drier air from the Desert Southwest, a cool front tonight will drop our high temperatures into the sixties, around ten degrees below our average of 75 F, for a delightful last day of spring on Monday.
The dry air will stick around through midweek as temperatures rise to the mid to upper seventies before we may see the return of some moisture from the south by Thursday. This will result from the southerly winds ahead of a piece of the Great Basin storm left behind over California and reinforced by some incoming Pacific energy conspiring with the clockwise rotation around the ridge of high pressure to our east.
We will likely see only some increasing clouds on Thursday before the the atmosphere moistens enough for the possibility of wetting showers on Friday. Additionally, weather forecast models agree that the California storm will eventually move eastward and near our area around Friday, and we will likely see some good rain chances if and when that occurs.
So check back for my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Thursday afternoon where I’ll discuss the rain potential for Friday and whether rain chances persist for the weekend.