“Curious”, my pet tortoise since 1968 is enjoying the afternoon warmth in our backyard as some towering cumulus clouds build over Pagosa Peak yesterday. She will be hanging out with us this summer, before moving to Las Vegas where she will live with our youngest daughter in a climate better suited for a tortoise.
Sunday – 12 Jun 2022 – 9:30am
Yesterday at Stevens Field, the high was 89 – just 5 degrees short of the record of 94. The low this morning was 50. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 12%. Winds at the airfield yesterday peaked at 30mph.
…RED FLAG WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 11 AM THIS MORNING TO MIDNIGHT MDT TONIGHT FOR GUSTY WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS
…RED FLAG WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM TO 11 PM MDT MONDAY FOR GUSTY WINDS, LOW RELATIVE HUMIDITY AND DRY FUELS FOR FIRE WEATHER.
WINDS…Southwest 15 to 25 mph with gusts 30 to 40 mph today. Southwest winds 30 to 40 mph with gusts 50 to 60 mph on Monday. Cold front passage late Monday will turn winds to the northwest. * RELATIVE HUMIDITY…6 to 11 percent. * IMPACTS…Conditions will be favorable for easy ignition and rapid spread of fires due to low relative humidity and strong gusty winds.
Archuleta County and the San Juan National Forest have implemented STAGE 1 FIRE RESTRICTIONS.
Thanks to an approaching late season cold front, winds will ramp up this afternoon, tomorrow and tomorrow night until the front passes on early Tuesday. Expect wind gusts to over 30mph today and exceeding 40mph on Monday along with a chance for dust. High temps will remain in the mid to upper 80’s today and tomorrow. Unfortunately, all of the moisture from this system will stay to our north, as usual. On a positive note, high temps will return to closer to average (upper 70’s) on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Later in the week, a strong trough will take up residence over the west coast and the “Hell High” that has been torturing the southern plains will allow subtropical moisture to start flowing into our area from the south by Friday. This should set up our first monsoon pattern for this season. While it may not be a permanent setup, it should give us at least 3-5 days of great chances for afternoon storms. Some of the models are already predicting over an inch of rain from Friday through the middle of the following week. This will be convective activity so there will be daily rainfall winners and losers, but hopefully all of us will end up with some beneficial rain by next week. Longer range models continue the pattern for the rest of the month and into July…let’s hope they verify!
Pagosa Springs historical data for June 12th
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|78||98 / 1946||35||19 / 1951|
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