Weather Watch: Northwest Colorado experiencing good moisture trends
Compared to 2013, Craig and Moffat County are a lot wetter these days.
This week will be no exception, with an expectation of isolated storms that have touched the area over the weekend running through Monday.
“The main thing will just be some gusty winds,” said National Weather Service meteorologist Travis Booth, of Grand Junction. “We are expecting a surge of moisture to come to start Tuesday.”
Booth said this effect with showers and thundering most noticeable Wednesday and Thursday. Highs in the mid-70s and 80s will remain.
“Thereafter, it’ll start drying out Friday into the weekend,” he said. “It’s not going to completely go away for the higher terrain.”
Booth noted that the summer has been slightly less plagued by drought after the dryness Northwest Colorado faced last year. To date, August has received a small bump with 0.45 inches of precipitation in 2014, with the normal amount being 0.31 inches at this juncture in the month.
This July was also an improvement over 2013, with 1.67 inches compared to the expected rate 1.16 inches.
“I’m sure that came mostly at the latter part of July, but it looks like Craig has been at least a little above normal for moisture,” Booth said.
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