We need to lasso the low and drag it further north!


This has been a great season for fall colors! I shot this one last week near Williams Creek Reservoir. © 2022-Mark Langford

Sunday – 16 Oct 2022 – 8:15am

The past…

At Stevens Field the high yesterday was 67 and the low this morning was only 41, thanks to cloud cover. Humidity yesterday afternoon bottomed out at 12%. Winds at the airfield hit 10mph yesterday.

Precipitation summary… There were no reports of rain yesterday in our area.

Forecast discussion…

It will be mostly cloudy today as the upper-level low is expected to move through NM today and Monday.  That will put us on the northern edge of this system and unfortunately, unless it were to track a little further north, the drier side. Look for a few showers and thunderstorms during the day and this afternoon with rainfall totals generally less than a tenth of an inch. The mountains could get a dusting, but the latest forecast is not impressive, with totals generally less than an inch. We have a tiny chance for additional showers tomorrow, but defaulting back to the same weather we were having last week, with mostly sunny skies and close to average temperatures.

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Radar imagery from 7:30am this morning shows showers and thunderstorms mainly over NM and AZ. With the low tracking to our south, that’s where most of the precipitation will fall today.
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Water vapor satellite this morning: The upper-level low will be tracking ENE today but unfortunately, most of the moisture from this low will stay in AZ and NM. We will see a chance for showers and a few thunderstorms this afternoon.
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The NWS 72-hour precipitation forecast now expects 0.07” for Pagosa Springs, the same for the mountains and 0.13 for Chama.
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The NWS 72-hour forecast snowfall expects 1/2-2” in our mountains.

My forecast…

Pagosa 5 day forecast 10 16 22
* The forecast periods are from 8am to 8am.

Pagosa Springs historical data

Average HighRecord High / YearAverage LowRecord Low / Year
6478 / 19582611 / 1956

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-Mark Langford

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