Showers continue through the work week

Monday, June 12, 2023

A cool and mostly cloudy day is over the Steamboat Springs area this Monday mid-afternoon with temperatures currently only in the mid-fifties, though they were ten degrees warmer around noon. There are good chances for showers through the work week as a couple of low pressure areas impact our area. Some drier air behind the last system is advertised to move into our area on Friday or Saturday for warmer and drier weather.

A complicated weather pattern is still over the U.S. with a broad low pressure area over much of the West and a smaller but stronger eddy of low pressure over the Great Lakes. A wave of energy ejected from cold storm currently centered over the Aleutians is forecast to cross the Vancouver coast later Tuesday, forcing the low pressure over the West to elongate to the southwest and ejecting the northern part of the low pressure through Colorado during the day. So we should see a good chance of showers with high temperatures struggling to reach the mid-sixties, around ten degrees below our average of 75 F.

High temperatures should recover toward seventy degrees by Wednesday, but that Vancouver wave is forecast to rotate through Idaho during the day Wednesday and then Montana on Thursday. Energy and moisture in the southern end of the storm will keep a good chance of showers around for at least Wednesday and Thursday, with the possibility that some of the afternoon and evening storms may be strong. And Thursday may be wetter than Wednesday as some of low pressure left behind to our southwest from the current low pressure area merges with the northern storm and moves through our area.

Earlier runs of the weather forecast models had drier air overhead by Friday, but now forecast the merged low pressure area to linger over our area during the day and overnight. So that means more showers with drying holding off until sometime Saturday.

Thursday should be my last day of travel, and I may have time for a regularly scheduled weather narrative on Thursday afternoon. But if not then, I’ll be writing about the weekend outlook on Friday.

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26 April 2023

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