The current drought map shows a slight improvement over Archuleta County
Monday – 1 Aug 2022 – 6:45pm
July 2022 Summary…
The average low for July is 44 and the average high is 83. The record high of 99 occurred on 7 July 1989. The record low of 24 occurred on 5 July 1912. Precip averages 2.01″ in July. Wolf Creek Pass averages 3.61″ of rain and 0″ of snow.
This is what Arleen said about July a month ago:
“The wonderful monsoon pattern will continue! Most days we’ll see afternoon showers and thunderstorms, but there will be dry periods from time to time. The second week will be the quietest as the subtropical ridge slips a little to our west which will temporarily cut off the moisture feed. Then things ramp right back up the third week in July with a better chance for showers each afternoon and into some some evenings. July will be similar to June with more than average precipitation.”
And how did things turn out? Check out these charts…
FOUR new volunteers have joined the CoCoRaHS team: Lorren, Lisa, Amanda, and Mike! Their “official” precip reports will fill data gaps in Archuleta County. Udgar on Catchpole is also considering joining the team.
Archuleta County is well represented but we still have big data gaps. Look at the map above. We really need volunteers in TOWN, Arboles, west highway 160, Pagosa Junction, and the upper Blanco.
To learn more about the CoCoRaHS program, please send an email to PagosaWeather@gmail.com or send us a message on Facebook.
By the way, Arleen nailed her outlook for July!
Drought and River Flow…
August 2022 Outlook…
The average low for August is 45 and the average high is 80. The record high of 97 occurred on 5 August 1940. The record low of 28 occurred on 30 August 1978. Precip averages 2.69″ in August – our wettest month. Wolf Creek Pass averages 4.32″ of rain and 0″ of snow.
And what do we expect?
Well Arleen is the expert and this is what she says…
August is looking good for continued strong monsoonal activity. A warm bubble of high temperatures will stay in place over the southern plains. As a result, a strong ridge stays in our area. It will wobble to our west from time to time giving us an occasional dry day or two. But for the most part we will continue to see afternoon rainshowers and thunderstorms throughout the month resulting in the 3rd month in a row of above average precipitation.
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