Weather Watch: Rain to continue at ‘above-normal’ levels for Craig
July 11, 2015
The moisture won't be totally drying up for Northwest Colorado this week, though it also won't stay long.
Mild storming will likely hit Craig and Moffat County early in the week to come, as a high-pressure system forming over Texas pushes wet weather elsewhere, including the Western Slope.
"Monday afternoon is when we're really going to feel the effects of those storms in the valleys," said Megan Stackhouse, meteorologist for the National Weather Service Grand Junction office. "It's pretty much going to be the same recycled pattern through midweek."
The temperature won't be impacted much, she added, with highs remaining in the mid-80s and rising only slightly as the atmosphere calms down by Thursday, leading into a sunny weekend.
Precipitation levels for Craig have been well above normal this month. As of NWS's Saturday afternoon readings, July to date has seen 1.49 inches in the town, more than one inch than what is considered typical. Since Jan. 1, the amount has been 8.93 inches by this climate data, nearly twice the 4.88 inches at this stage last year.
Moisture has been widespread throughout the state, Stackhouse said, noting that forecasts for the late summer and fall will also be impacted by this trend.
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"Usually this kind of monsoonal flow doesn't set in until the end of July, so it seems like things have been kind of quicker than typical," she said. "It's going to be a wet year."