A rain shaft near the Eagle Peaks – pic taken 7/30/2023
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Monday – 31 Jul 2023 – 9:00am
At Stevens Field the high temperature yesterday afternoon was 85 and the low this morning was 54. Humidity bottomed out at 20% yesterday afternoon.
The peak wind at Stevens Field yesterday afternoon was 27mph.
|Average High||Record High / Year||Average Low||Record Low / Year|
|82||94 / 1940||47||34 / 1913|
Precipitation summary… It was active yesterday, but precip was spotty. The eastern side of the county and parts of La Plata County did quite well.
There is nothing on radar in our area this morning.
*** FIRE DANGER IS VERY HIGH. ***
*** Stage 1 Fire Restrictions are in effect for the lower elevations of San Juan National Forest and all of Archuleta County. The minimum fine for violating campfire restrictions is $530. ***
*** Brief periods of localized heavy rain, small hail, gusty winds, and lightning are possible with scattered showers and thunderstorms. ***
Rest of today through Wednesday… A monsoon moisture surge has moved into our area. Scattered afternoon showers and thunderstorms are likely, especially Tuesday when moisture and instability will be at the highest.
Winds… Afternoon winds will peak mostly in the 15-20mph range, but isolated stronger gusts are possible near showers and thunderstorms.
Temps… Highs will be in the low to high 80s and lows will be in the high 40s to high 50s.
Thursday and Friday… Our monsoon moisture will get cut-off. There will be enough residual moisture to kick up a few afternoon showers and thunderstorms, mostly over the mountains.
Winds… Afternoon winds will peak mostly in the 20-25mph range, but isolated stronger gusts are possible near showers and thunderstorms.
Temps… Highs will be in the low to high 80s and lows will be in the mid-40s to mid-50s.
Saturday and Sunday… Upper level flow will turn more out of the west-southwest as the high weakens a bit and a weak trough tries to move through the Great Basin. Unfortunately, this will dry us out, kick up the winds a bit, and bring slightly warmer temps.
Winds… Afternoon gusts will be 20-25mph out of the southwest.
Temps… Highs will be in the mid-80s to low 90s and lows will be in the mid-40s to mid-50s.
Keep an eye out for the July summary and August outlook either later today or tomorrow. My next forecast post will be on Wednesday unless something pops up.