The Springs Resort Welcomes our First Monsoon Storm!

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The Springs weather sensor is dusty & has a few cobwebs… time for a rain bath!

First; Stage 2 Fire Ban and Monsoon Safety

The Springs Resort is Sponsoring this Weekend’s Storm

The first county wide precipitation in 11 weeks is still on it’s way!

A subtropical ridge is building over the southern plains and will pull moisture into our area from the Baja area and the Gulf of Mexico. Look for thunderstorms starting Friday night and continuing through the weekend. Most areas will get over an inch of precipitation!

Time to do those rain dances!

Huge Thanks to Jesse, TJ, and the rest of the team at the Springs Resort for sponsoring this highly anticipated first monsoon storm!

For more details, see Mark’s post from yesterday.

Mark will have another weather update tomorrow.

The Springs Thank you Summer

San Juan National Forest Stage 2 Fire Restrictions!

Based on recent wildfire activity and persistent severe fire weather conditions, the San Juan National Forest implemented forest-wide Stage 2 fire restrictions at midnight last night, per Forest Order SJNF-2022-08, to reduce the risk of human-caused wildfires. Campfires are not allowed anywhere on the Forest during Stage 2 restrictions.

See their web site for more details:

Stage 2
Stage 2 prohibits “igniting, building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, including fires in developed recreation sites (campgrounds and picnic areas), charcoal grills and barbecues, coal and wood burning stoves, and sheepherder’s stoves.”

Monsoon Safety

Some great advice from our friends at the US National Weather Service in Albuquerque:

“Hiking and Camping During the Monsoon.

We love outdoor activities, especially hiking and camping! However, it’s important to remain weather-aware before you head outside. Check the forecast beforehand, and know what to expect, as the monsoon can abruptly bring thunderstorms and associated weather hazards. Know before you go!

Once you do head outdoors, keep your guard up! Stay alert and keep an eye on the skies. Look for bubbling cumulus clouds, the building blocks of thunderstorms, and have a plan to take shelter in a sturdy structure should storms become imminent.

If camping, plan where you will pitch that tent. Stay out of washes, arroyos, dry creeks or river beds, as flash flooding can abruptly impact these areas, even if it’s not raining directly on you. Thunderstorms may be occurring miles upstream, leading to runoff that could send torrents of water downstream into these normally dry drainage areas.”

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Remember in the Colorado mountains the worst time to be out is between noon and 5pm
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The safest place is to be home but if caught out in the back country look carefully at your options before the thunderstorm gets close

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I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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3 Responses

    1. Rick, yes, you are reading that correctly. That is in the San Juan National Forest. The rest of Archuleta County is still in Stage 1.

      – Arleen

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