The current drought map shows improvement but we aren’t quite out of the woods
Thursday – 1 September – 3:00pm
August 2022 Summary…
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.
This is what Arleen said for August a month ago…
“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.”
And how did things turn out? Check out these charts…
By the way, Arleen nailed her outlook for August!
Drought and river flow…
September 2022 Outlook…
The average low for September is 37 and the average high is 74. The record high of 98 occurred on 6 September 1955. The record low of 15 occurred on 27 September 1908. Precip averages 2.0″ in September with 0.2″ of snow. Wolf Creek Pass averages 4.26″ of rain and 4.1″ of snow.
And what do we expect?
Well Arleen is the expert and this is what she says…
September marks the beginning of transition season. Also, of note, during the transition season the models really struggle. That means, Mark, Shawn, and I must carefully verify each model run.
We are now in the sputter and start phase of the monsoon. As the sun heads south for the winter, temperatures across the region cool and in turn, the ridge weakens and the easterly flow that advects in moisture for thunderstorm development gets cut off.
The first 1/3 of the month, the subtropical ridge is in place but it is to our west so flow will be out of the northwest, and we’ll see fewer and wider spread thunderstorms.
Also, as part of transition season, the polar front jet reforms to the north and we start to see baroclinic lows and frontal systems moving at us from the northwest. Around the 9th of the month, we’ll see the first low and frontal system of the season. After that we’ll be dry and cool for the rest of the month.
The Madden Julian Oscillation is finally showing signs of waking up and it is possible we could see increased activity towards the end of the month. If it’s associated with tropical moisture, we might see average amounts of precipitation for the month. However, most likely we will see less than average across the county. The lack of weather fronts with wind will make for a beautiful colorful fall season!
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