Thursday, October 5, 2023
Skies have finally cleared in Steamboat Springs with temperatures near sixty degrees this Thursday mid afternoon after a cloudy and cool work week. Gorgeous fall weather is on tap for this weekend with mostly sunny skies and warming temperatures that look to last into the start of the next work week.
While we did get the winds and cooler temperatures from the storm earlier in the week, precipitation mostly stayed away from our area even though the surrounding ski resorts did see some snow. I suspect there were some snowflakes flying at the Steamboat Ski Resort when the Yampa Valley received some brief rain showers Monday afternoon and overnight, but unfortunately the mountain webcams were down during the crucial time, and are still down as of this writing.
Currently, a ridge of high pressure is over the West Coast while an impressive trough of low pressure extends from Hudson Bay southward into the Midwest. The end result for our area is a drying atmosphere with breezes from the northwest.
The ridge of high pressure is forecast to move eastward toward the Rockies through the weekend as a series of storms move across the Aleutian Islands and into the Gulf of Alaska. Temperatures are expected to reach the mid sixties on Friday and near seventy degrees for the weekend, which is about five degrees above our average of 64 F.
The ridge is forecast to weaken to start the work week as a storm approaches the West Coast, with another nice day Monday giving way to unsettled weather by later Tuesday and Wednesday. While the wind this past week has taken many of the high elevation leaves off the trees, there is still plenty of color to enjoy at the lower elevations. So be sure to get out and enjoy the beautiful weekend, and I’ll be back with my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Sunday afternoon to discuss how much precipitation we may expect during the next work week.
Sunday, October 1, 2023
Mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper sixties and gusty winds from the south are over the Steamboat Springs area early this Sunday afternoon. An approaching storm will bring a cold front through our area later Monday along with sharply colder temperatures for Tuesday and a chance for precipitation which would be snow on the upper half of the Steamboat Ski Resort. Those chances persist to start Wednesday before the sun returns and temperatures moderate through the rest of the work week.
A large storm in the form of an eddy currently over Nevada is forecast to move through Utah on Monday and bring a cold front through our area that afternoon or evening. Ahead of that, the mostly cloudy skies with afternoon temperatures right around our average of 67 F will continue today before skies clear overnight and we see a mostly sunny start to Monday.
But clouds and winds will increase during the day with showers breaking out after noon ahead of the cold front associated with the storm that should move through in the afternoon or evening. The amount of moisture associated with the storm as it affects our area is uncertain as dry air from southern Arizona has been drawn into the eddy. Additionally, the eddy is forecast to lose its identity overnight on Monday as upstream energy forces it to rejoin the jet stream.
The end result is temperatures cold enough for snow on the hill by Tuesday morning, but likely decreasing moisture that might yield a dusting to an inch around and above mid mountain and modest rainfall amounts at the lower elevations. High temperatures for the day will nosedive into the mid fifties in town and upper thirties up top on Tuesday as the main wave moves past.
That upstream energy eventually moves overhead Tuesday night and may have enough moisture to keep the snow showers going at the higher elevations into Wednesday, but skies are expected to begin clearing by the afternoon. And locals know that a clear sky overnight after a cold front means a cold start to the day, with upper twenties forecast for Thursday morning, which is around five degrees below our average of 32 F.
Temperatures will recover into the mid sixties on what will start as a crisp and sunny fall day on Thursday, with continued sunny skies and high temperatures nearing seventy degrees as we start the weekend. It looks like the nice fall weather will continue through next weekend, but be sure to check back as I’ll know more about that in my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Thursday afternoon.
Thursday, September 28, 2023
Another picture perfect summery day is over the Steamboat Springs area with temperatures in the low sixties under cloudless skies late this Thursday morning. After reaching almost eighty degrees today, high temperatures through Saturday will fall to the mid seventies, along with increasing afternoon breezes and then clouds by Saturday ahead of an approaching storm for next week. By Sunday, the storm will be close enough to drop high temperatures to near seventy degrees along with more wind, with that cooling trend continuing into next week.
A large storm previously in the Gulf of Alaska is being forced eastward across the northern Rockies by our next weather maker taking its place. This storm is currently grabbing some cold air moving southward across Alaska and is forecast to elongate southward along the West Coast on Saturday before cutting off from the main jet stream and forming a wobbly eddy that moves eastward into the Great Basin on Sunday.
There won’t be much change to our gorgeous early fall weather through Friday except a degree or two of cooling and afternoon breezes out of the southwest. Those breezes will increase on Saturday along with some spotty Pacific moisture that will bring some increasing high clouds and perhaps even a shower that would be most likely at the highest elevations to our north.
As the storm moves into Nevada on Sunday, winds will increase and slightly turn to be more from the south as cooler air begins to filter into the area. High temperatures will drop to near seventy degrees, which is still several degrees above our rapidly falling average of 67 F for the first day of October. Clouds will come and go with some showers possible as a lobe of energy ejects out of the storm to our northwest and possibly grazes our area.
The cooling trend will remain in place through through the beginning of the next work week as the storm rotates through the Great Basin on Monday and moves overhead during Tuesday. So enjoy the currently gorgeous early fall weather, and check back on Sunday afternoon for my next regularly scheduled weather narrative where I’ll look at how much and what type of precipitation we may see during the coming work week.
Sunday, September 24, 2023
A cool morning with low temperatures in the upper twenties has already warmed into the fifties under brilliant bluebird skies late this Sunday morning in Steamboat Springs. More spectacular fall weather with cool mornings near freezing and warm sunny afternoons in the seventies is on tap for the rest of the work week, but major uncertainty looms for the following weekend weather.
A ridge of high pressure currently over the Rockies is forecast to build this work week ahead of a evolving area of low pressure over the Gulf of Alaska. Incoming waves of Pacific energy are expected to deform this low pressure area and move it eastward in pieces across the Pacific Northwest and southwestern Canada through midweek.
Meanwhile, a wave currently east of Japan is forecast to mix with some subtropical moisture near the Dateline by midweek before it moves into the Gulf of Alaska during the end of the work week. It is then forecast to intensify as it mixes with some cold air moving southward from Alaska before moving first southward along the West Coast and then eastward into the Great Basin by next weekend.
Our weather will remain unaffected by these upstream machinations through the work week as warm sunny days and cool clear nights prevail under and eventually behind the ridge of high pressure currently overhead. Our high temperatures should be right around our average of seventy degrees today with low temperatures around our average of freezing, with high temperatures rising into the mid seventies on Monday and even upper seventies from Tuesday through Thursday. Low temperatures will also rise several degrees keeping morning temperatures above freezing, except for those low lying areas around river drainages.
Enjoy the spectacular early fall weather this last week of September since there is a lot of uncertainty with what happens to that eventual storm entering the Great Basin next weekend, both between and within the weather forecast models. Forecast high temperatures for next Sunday, for example, range from the upper forties to the low seventies in town, and depend upon whether that storm moves overhead or stays to our west. So be sure to check back to my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Thursday afternoon where I hope to have more clarity on what weather we may see for next weekend.
Thursday, September 21, 2023
The cloudy morning skies have cleared this Thursday mid afternoon in Steamboat Springs with temperatures right around seventy degrees along with breezy winds from the southwest. The breezes will continue on Friday ahead of a mostly dry cold front later in the day that will bring sub freezing low temperatures to the Yampa Valley floor this weekend. But sunny skies will prevail and after a noticeably cool Saturday, which is entirely appropriate for the first day of fall, high temperatures will warm for Sunday and the following work week.
An eddy of low pressure currently located over the Oregon and Nevada borders is forecast to travel though Idaho tomorrow and Wyoming on Saturday. An older eddy of low pressure that was off the California coast earlier in the week has slingshot around the Oregon eddy and moved overhead this morning, bringing the cloudy skies and gusty winds.
The skies have cleared behind that piece of energy, and as the Oregon eddy moves eastward, a dry cold front will be dragged through our area late Friday afternoon or evening. The temperatures are cold enough for snow around and above mid mountain, but the best yet still meager moisture is located to our north, which is where the best chance for snowflakes will occur above elevations of 8000′.
Clouds associated with and behind the front are forecast to clear by Saturday morning, starting the first day of fall with likely sub freezing temperatures as the autumnal equinox occurs at 12:50 am Saturday. The equinox occurs when the sun moves southward across the equator and marks the astronomical beginning of the fall season. It is also when our amount of daylight is decreasing most rapidly, and we are currently losing two minutes and thirty nine seconds of that a day, though that pace will gradually decrease through the winter solstice in December.
Despite sunny skies, high temperatures should only rise to the low sixties on Saturday, almost ten degrees below our average of 71 F. Another similarly cold Sunday morning follows with low temperatures around five degrees below our average of 33 F, and perhaps more than that in the favored low lying areas around the river drainages.
But a building ridge of high pressure brings continued sunny skies and warming temperatures back toward average on Sunday and even the mid seventies for the start of the work week. So enjoy what will be a quintessential Colorado fall weekend as the colors have started to appear, and check back to my next regularly scheduled weather narrative on Sunday afternoon where I’ll look at how long this beautiful weather will last.