Weather Watch: Labor Day sun hopeful after Craig’s rainy August

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With any luck, the people of Craig won’t have their three-day weekend’s outdoor activities rained out, but with the way the region has been pounded by precipitation recently, it might be wise to make indoor plans just to be safe.

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The forecast from National Weather Service calls for a sunny Labor Day, but those conditions hinge on the absence of a jet stream that has been cutting through Northwest Colorado. National Weather Service meteorologist Dennis Phillips said the air current affected Canada recently before moving southward.

“Now it’s kind of making a dip across the northern Rockies in Idaho and curve right across Colorado before heading back up,” he said.

Providing these conditions don’t remain, Craig will dry out considerably Monday through Wednesday. However, some early readings indicate that rains may be on the way back into the area by Thursday.

Maybe.

“This looks like it could be a monsoon, but a lot of it is directed into southern Colorado more than the north,” Phillips said. “There’s going to be a trough sitting off the west coast and the high (pressure) that this moisture usually curves around will bring it up and that interaction between that and the low of the southeast states creates kind of a conveyor belt. The trough may be a little too far inland, so that will keep it in the southern part of the state.”

Craig has done “incredibly well” in terms of rainfall this August, Phillips said. As of Saturday afternoon readings, the month’s totals were 3.69 inches, 2.4 inches above normal expectations.

A deluge Aug. 27 alone brought in 0.75 inches to add to the 1.42 inches throughout the past week.

“It looks like there was a sprinkle every day from the 18th until” Aug. 29, Phillips said.

The outlook for September’s precipitation being greater than normal — though probably not at August’s levels — are “above average” he said.

“It looks better than 50/50,” he said.

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