Ditto weather continues…


One of my lightning photos of Pagosa Peak from late June-Photo by Mark Langford

Tuesday – 26 Jul 2022 – 1pm update.

The past…

The high on Monday at Stevens Field was 78 and the low this morning was 56. The lowest humidity reading yesterday was 38 percent and the highest wind gust was 20 mph. Less rain was reported in our area yesterday than on Sunday.

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COCORAHS rainfall reports over the past 24 hours ranged from a high of 0.75 to only 0.01.
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Remote sensor rainfall reports from the past 24 hours.

Forecast discussion…

Looking over everyone’s rainfall posts from yesterday, totals were less than Sunday’s, but still decent. This will be the case all week long, with some days being better than others. It will be interesting to see what happens this afternoon, with the morning being so cloudy. Without the extra heating in the morning, we could see less activity this afternoon.

Thanks to a ridge to our north and a big one over Texas, moisture in the mid-levels and surface continues to flow into our area, increasing our precipitable water values to over an inch (monsoon conditions). Models continue to forecast our monsoon flow to continue at least through the weekend!

For all of you visiting our beautiful area, please be careful when you go out on hikes, especially in the afternoons. Totally clear mornings can quickly turn into stormy afternoons with 20-30 degree drop in temps, heavy rain, hail, lightning and gusty winds over 40mph! Make sure you pack rain gear because being wet when temps drop to the 50’s can be more than uncomfortable…it can be dangerous.

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Wedged between a ridge to our north and one over Texas, mid-level winds will continue to draw in moisture from the SW all week long.
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Precipitable water continues over an inch, a great sign for more rain this afternoon!
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We are in the Yellow Zone (10-20% chance) for excessive rainfall today. 
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The latest NWS 3-day rainfall forecast is predicting 1.2 inches for Pagosa Springs, 1.4 inches for Chama and 1.5 inches for the mountains, but as we have witnessed this week, these totals will vary.

My forecast…

Pagosa 5 day forecast 7 26 22
* The forecast periods are from 8am to 8am. * With showers and thunderstorms expect brief periods of heavy rain, small hail, gusty winds, and lightning.

Pagosa Springs historical data for July 26th

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
8289/ 19664731 / 1913

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-Mark Langford

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4 Responses

  1. How do I get the to the photo’s you refer to at the beginning of your email. I always see that you took one but I never see the picture.
    Thanks, and keep up with the great work.

    1. Mike, If you click on the title of the weather article, it will open another window and take you directly to our web page where you can see the featured image. It is a WordPress glitch that it does not show up in the email and we do not not how to fix it.

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