A repeat weather performance!


Pagosa Peak received a light dusting of snow overnight…our mountains will continue to have a chance for more light snow through tomorrow.

Monday – 23 May 2022 – 10am

Plumtaw Fire update…

Incident Type: Wildfire
Percent Contained: 33%
Size: 735 acres
More Fire Information: Via Inciweb
Last Updated: 15 Hours Ago

Multiple agencies are involved and aggressively fighting the fire.  For updates follow “Plumtaw Fire” or “USDA Forest Service – San Juan National Forest” or “Archuleta County, CO Sheriff’s Office” on Facebook and this link on InciWeb.

A HUGE thanks to the San Juan National Forest crew and everybody else that is aggressively tackling the fire!

Smoke and air quality this morning…

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Our sensors all indicate that the air quality is “good”. The fires in New Mexico continue…

Climate Info…The high at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 65 and the low this morning was 45. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 22%. Winds yesterday afternoon peaked at 37mph at 2:35pm. Most of us got a few sprinkles overnight with whopping rainfall totals that ranged from 0.01-0.02! The mountains got another light dusting of snow.

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Rainfall totals ranged from 0.01-0.02 overnight.

Forecast discussion…

*** Archuleta County and the San Juan National Forest have implemented a STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS. ***

A jet core tracking to the south of the four corners today will give us a tiny chance for some showers and possibly a few scattered thunderstorms. As was the case yesterday, these will mainly be “mountain hugger” showers and storms associated with this system. With the passage of a cool front overnight, our highs only in the low 60’s for the next couple of days. There is a chance for some snow showers in the mountains through tomorrow, but totals will likely be less than an inch. Winds will continue to gust over 30mph for the next two days, but it is looking positive for a “wind breaker” for Wednesday and Thursday. By Wednesday, high pressure builds over us and we should see closer to normal highs for Wednesday and Thursday. Unfortunately, it looks like the high winds may return by Friday-this weekend.

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A jet core passing to the south of the four corners will keep us mainly cloudy with a slight chance for afternoon showers and thunderstorms.

My forecast…

Pagosa 5 day forecast 5 23 22
* The forecast periods are from 8am to 8am. *
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The latest rainfall forecast from the NWS is predicting wimpy totals for us over the next 3 days. Chama is the only location in our area, other than the mountains, showing more than a trace. There will be some snow in the mountains, but likely less than 1 inch.

Pagosa Springs historical data for 5-23.

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
7085 / 19843219/ 1950

Mark your calendars…

Pagosa Weather is doing a presentation at the Ruby M. Sisson Memorial Library on Thursday, 26 May at 6pm.  We’d love to meet you and answer questions!

Pagosa Weather is also setting up a “meet and greet” booth at the Ski & Bow Rack on Friday, 27 May from noon to 4pm.  Come say hi!

Call 877-841-0247 for our “dial up and text” forecast.

-Mark Langford

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