Wispy low clouds, fresh snow on Sheep Mountain, and lush green grass – It’ spring in Pagosa Country! – Pic taken 5/11/2023
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Thursday – 11 May 2023 – 7:00pm
*** Mark your calendar for Thursday, 18 May at 6:00pm. Arleen is doing a Pagosa Weather presentation at the library! ***
At Stevens Field the high temperature this afternoon was 61 and the low this morning was 37. Here in the southern end of O’Neal Park our high this afternoon was 59 and our low this morning was 35.
The peak wind at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 34mph and today it was 24mph. Our peak wind yesterday afternoon in O’Neal Park was 35mph and today it was 23mph.
*** The average last freeze is 31 May. Temps can still drop below freezing into the third week of June with average lows remaining in the mid-30s. ***
|Record High / Year
|Record Low / Year
|80 / 1996
|15 / 1931
Precipitation summary… Yay for some precip!
Radar this evening – Eastern Colorado continues to get a good soaking but most of the showers stayed to our east today.
*** Streams have come down a bit due to cooler temps. They’ll rise again this weekend as temps warm and precip ramps up. ***
*** Pseudo-monsoon pattern starting this weekend. ***
Tonight and tomorrow… The low pressure system has pushed to our east and an upper level trough will linger in the area. There will be just enough moisture and instability to kick up spotty afternoon showers and an isolated thunderstorm or two.
Temps… Lows tonight will range from the high 20s to high 30s. Friday highs will be in the mid-60s to mid-70s, and lows will be in the high 20s to high 30s.
Winds… Friday afternoon winds will peak in the 15-20mph range.
Saturday, Sunday and beyond… The forecast models are consistently indicating a Rex block pattern setting up over the western US and subtropical moisture being pushed into the region from the south.
It will be similar to our summer pattern. Mornings will start nice, and then clouds will build late each morning. The first couple of showers and thunderstorms are possible over the mountains after 11am and then in the valley after 1pm. Convective activity is always spotty – not everyone will get hit every day. Rain could fall heavily for brief periods and be accompanied by small hail, gusty winds, and lightning. “Slow movers” are capable of dropping a bunch of rain over small areas and localized flooding is possible.
Mountain snow? It will be moist, warm subtropical air. The snow level will bounce around a bit, but I expect it to stay above 10,500ft. Our mountains above timberline will get bursts of heavy snow, but it will be spotty.
Temps… Highs will be in the low 60s to low 70s and lows will be in the mid-30s to mid-40s.
Winds… Afternoon gusts will mostly be in the 10-20mph range, however isolated gusts 25-35mph are possible near showers and thunderstorms.
My next post will be on Saturday.