Warm days and cool nights…


Yesterday afternoon’s storm was impressive, generating almost continuous lightning and thunder and even dropping some small hail. Photo by Mark Langford

Sunday – 4 September 2022 – 9:45am update.

The past…

The high on Saturday at Stevens Field was 78 and the low this morning was 46. Our humidity bottomed out at 23% and the airport recorded a 20mph wind gust. My anemometer recorded a gust of 38 mph with yesterday’s storm, propelling some of our lawn furniture off our deck! Rainfall totals ranged from a high of 0.67 in the Chalk Mountains (remote sensor) to 0.01. Small hail was also reported in some areas around town, including our home about a mile north of Hatcher Lake. (video below).

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COCORAHS rainfall reports over the past 24 hours for the Pagosa Springs area ranged from 0.01 to 0.28.
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24-hr remote sensor totals.
Yesterday’s hailstorm at our home about a mile north of Hatcher Lake.

Forecast discussion…

With high pressure now centered over Utah and our mid-level winds blowing from the NE, we will be lucky to see any rainfall for the next 5-days. While there is a tiny chance each afternoon, consider yourself a rain lottery winner if any falls on your backyard. Drier air means a larger contrast of daily lows and highs, so look for mainly 40’s and 80’s this week with a slight chance for some low 90’s tomorrow, especially if you live near downtown. There is a chance that we could see rain odds ramp up next weekend with the passage of a trough, but the models are still trying to figure that out as of today’s post time.

Have a great Labor Day! Unless something surprising happens this afternoon, my next post will be on Tuesday.

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Drier air in the mid-levels (yellow) is filtering into our area from the NE. The monsoon flow has been pushed far to our south and is moving from west to east, impacting Mexico, Texas and the SE.
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The latest NWS 3-day rainfall forecast model is predicting 0.07 inches for Pagosa Springs.

My forecast…

Pagosa 5 day forecast 9 4 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 Sept. 4th

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
7990/ 19553929/ 1973

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-Mark Langford

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