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Old 07-19-2013, 04:34 PM
 
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And you gotta take all of the above listed precipitation totals with a grain of salt. A few miles from the reporting station, the precip amounts often vary significantly. EG, the downpour in Grand Junction 2 days ago dropped 1.5 inches near downtown, while the airport just 3 miles away received only .21 inches.

 
Old 07-19-2013, 11:26 PM
 
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I take the weather stats with a CUP of salt when it comes to the Lost Corners. Wunderground constantly displays a little red message running along the top stating "This Station is not Reporting" whenever I click on the Cortez weather report. At the bottom of the screen there's a caveat which reads in fine print "The quality of the National Weather Bureau reporting is poor for this area." Ya think so?

AccuWeather for Cortez has been somewhat better than THAT at least.

Flash flood warnings have been posted for most of southwestern Colorado and parts of southeastern Utah tonight. Precipatation amounts may be as much as one inch in a short period of time, causing mudslides in areas which have been recently burned over - a happy thought. IRL we've had a few sprinkles here tonight. Doesn't mean there's not a down pour five miles away, of course.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 12:43 PM
 
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And you gotta take all of the above listed precipitation totals with a grain of salt. A few miles from the reporting station, the precip amounts often vary significantly. EG, the downpour in Grand Junction 2 days ago dropped 1.5 inches near downtown, while the airport just 3 miles away received only .21 inches.
Yes, it's hard to take rain forecasts seriously here in Durango because it might be pouring less than a mile away & be sunny, hot & dry where you are. Depends entirely upon how the storms come down off the mountains. Very much hit or miss on the rain here for sure. The Animas River has risen significantly this week yet Vallecito Reservoir is the lowest I've ever seen it. It was raining there when we were up there yesterday but from the looks of that reservoir, it's gonna take a lot more than a day or two of rain.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 12:58 PM
 
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@DurangoJoe.....welcome to Colorado. It's gotta be nice to see PA in the rear view mirror. No more Butler County humidity.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 04:04 PM
 
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Thanks CW. They've been suffering in the 90's w/65% RH back there. We're loving the lack of humidity here w/brilliant sunny days and then....as if on cue, the clouds roll in & it tries to rain. Sometimes it succeeds (like it did today) and we get a thunderstorm. Regardless, the temps drop off into the high 70's and there is usually a nice breeze which ultimately leads into a cool beautiful evening with temps dropping into the 50's-low 60's.

Yeah.... it doesn't suck compared to the hot & humid western PA summers.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 08:34 PM
 
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http://www.srh.noaa.gov/ridge2/RFC_P...x.php?site=gjt

Here is the weather service link that has a detailed map. I do not know how accurate it is, though it seems our little town has had 1.5 inches or more. You can punch in days to weeks to check what has fallen.

It is very interesting how the summer rains are almost non existent once a person crosses the UT/NV border, AZ/CA border, over into ID, or onto the West side of The Divide in MT. I always knew that The Plains and The Four Corners got the summer rain west of the Mississippi, and that the West Coast was more of a wet season/dry season deal, but the map really shows that in play this year if you click the 30 day button. I remember living in the mtns of S.CA and loving many parts of it, but seeing Jeffrey Pine pollen still caked on things in October leftover from June was strange. That is kind of nasty........summer rain is refreshing!

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Old 07-20-2013, 09:07 PM
 
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Very strong thunderstorm for the past 20 minutes, now abating. Lots of lightning, some wind, torrential rain with very large drops, and medium hail - a really awesome display, and went right over much of the Black Forest burn scar..... my sprinkler system just finished running less than an hour ago....
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:13 PM
 
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Hot and sunny in GJ today, with drier air. It actually felt pretty darn good without the humidity soup. Nice break until the next monsoonal onslaught a few days from now.
 
Old 07-20-2013, 11:50 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Pueblo had a intense thunder storm come through. It was fun and needed.
 
Old 07-21-2013, 03:32 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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This Sunday afternoon it's 88 degrees cloudy and muggy in Ridgway. UGH. I am so ready for fall.
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