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Old 07-28-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Shower and thunderstorm activity will be more widespread today as monsoonal moisture increases from the southwest. Locally heavy rainfall is possible with the strongest storms. Run off problems may exist in areas where heavy rainfall falls in a short amount of time. However the main concern will be over wildfire burn scars such as the Little Sand from last year and the West Fork Complex where debris slides will be more likely with less rainfall. Shower and thunderstorm activity will diminish late this evening. Expect another round of showers and thunderstorms again on Monday with locally heavy rain possible Monday afternoon. Drier air will move over the area on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another round of monsoonal moisture will bring an increased threat of shower and thunderstorm activity late in the week.

 
Old 07-28-2013, 10:54 AM
 
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Rain, rain, & more rain last night & today here in Crested Butte. Really nice!
 
Old 07-28-2013, 02:23 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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.65" in Ridgway since 8am this morning, still raining and 58 degrees. Here's the 24 hours rainfall totals:

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAND JUNCTION CO
121 PM MDT SUN JUL 28 2013

THE FOLLOWING ARE PRELIMINARY 24 HOUR PRECIPITATION REPORTS FROM
WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH, ENDING AROUND 8 AM SUNDAY.
RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE IN INCHES.


WESTERN COLORADO AND EASTERN UTAH 24 HOUR STATIONS:

ASPEN, 0.76.
GRAND JUNCTION, 0.48.
MEEKER, 0.31.
MONTROSE, 0.16.
RIFLE, 0.13.
VERNAL, 0.10.


OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATIONS OF WESTERN COLORADO:

BLACK CANYON NATIONAL PARK, 0.32.
2 MILES SOUTHWEST OF COLLBRAN, 0.34.
COLORADO NATIONAL MONUMENT, 0.28.
CRESTED BUTTE, 1.30.
DURANGO, 0.10.
8 MILES EAST OF IGNACIO, 0.13.
PALISADE, 0.45.
1 MILE SOUTHWEST OF PAONIA, 0.68.
2 MILES NORTH OF PARADOX, 0.19.
RIDGWAY, 0.10.


OFFICIAL CLIMATE STATIONS OF EASTERN UTAH:

JENSEN, 0.16.


UNOFFICIAL STATIONS:

GOTHIC, 1.07.
1 MILE EAST OF MESA, 0.49.
6 MILES SOUTH OF MESA, 0.74.
2 MILES NORTH OF WOLCOTT, 0.32.
4 MILES NORTHEAST OF CEDAREDGE, 1.25.
COLLBRAN, 0.33.


CLIMATE REFERENCE NETWORK SITES OF WESTERN COLORADO:

30 MILES NORTH OF CRAIG, 0.11.
13 MILES SOUTHEAST OF EAGLE, 0.19.
9 MILES WEST OF GRAND JUNCTION, 0.24.
15 MILES WEST OF MEEKER, 0.16.
11 MILES NORTHEAST OF MONTROSE, 0.37.
23 MILES NORTHWEST OF RIFLE, 0.43.


CLIMATE REFERENCE NETWORK SITES OF EASTERN UTAH:

32 MILES NORTHWEST OF BLUFF, 0.23.


**********************24 HOUR RAINFALL**********************

LOCATION 24 HOUR TIME/DATE COMMENTS
RAINFALL OF
/INCHES/ MEASUREMENT

COLORADO

...DELTA COUNTY...
4 NNE CEDAREDGE 1.25 735 AM 7/28 TRAINED SPOTTER
2 W CEDAREDGE 1.10 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
6 ESE CEDAREDGE 0.65 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
4 S DELTA 0.61 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
4 NNW LAZEAR 0.50 609 AM 7/28 TRAINED SPOTTER

...GUNNISON COUNTY...
GOTHIC 1.07 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
1 NNW MARBLE 0.99 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
3 S GUNNISON 0.72 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS

...LA PLATA COUNTY...
1 E TRIMBLE 0.53 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS

...MESA COUNTY...
1 SE REDLANDS 1.22 800 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
2 ESE REDLANDS 1.06 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
3 NNE SKYWAY 0.81 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
3 ESE REDLANDS 0.74 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
1 E REDLANDS 0.73 700 AM 7/28 COCORAHS
1 WNW FRUITVALE 0.41 728 AM 7/28 TRAINED SPOTTER
COLLBRAN 0.33 800 AM 7/28 TRAINED SPOTTER
 
Old 07-29-2013, 12:06 AM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Rain on and off today since mid-afternoon. Included some nice showers with reports of .53 inch in 40 minutes at various places around Cortez earlier this evening. The cool temps plus rain much appreciated. Chance of rain in the Four Corners drops back down to 15% tomorrow according to some forecasts, but we should have one more cool day before temps begin to climb again on Tuesday.
 
Old 07-29-2013, 12:34 AM
 
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Wink We all as the pika

Quote:
Originally Posted by Colorado Rambler View Post
The Cortez paper had a story on the pika's heading up to even higher elevations than where they're normally found (usually 10,000 feet or so). Apparently, they start dying when exposed to temps of 80 F or more. Pretty soon they're all going to be crowded together on the tops of Colorado's fourteeners if the warming trend continues.


"In Yosemite and Great Basin National Parks, we have documented high-elevation species, such as the pika and alpine chipmunk, moving upslope, thereby reducing the effective area for their survival " [1]


Yes, the poor pika. My understanding that they are not alone in trying to adjust to our rapidly changing climate. Not only have animals moved their territories, but vegetation as well shifting. All is in flux. Not all will survive or able to adequately adjust.

As the NPS states: "Our national park units are environmental baselines to track change, and they stand as some of the last vestiges where ecological components function naturally." (bold mine)

Not only our are national parks national, indeed international treasures, but also touchstones for all who might see. As remnants of wilderness they still provide in some measure viable natural ecosystems. There, largely without the intervention of mankind, one might witness how this world naturally functions. AND as well affected.

1) 'Climate Change Impacts to National Parks,' National Park Service
http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...49784469,d.aWc
 
Old 07-29-2013, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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.80" of rain over the past 24 hours in Ridgway. Ouray County is under a flood watch today. Very crisp cool fresh mountain air this morning, 51 degrees. Sitting on my patio with my morning coffee watching hummingbirds and the worker bees heading to their jobs.
 
Old 07-29-2013, 10:50 AM
 
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Only 69 degrees at 10:49 AM in Grand Junction on July 29th. What a treat! I estimate there has been around 1 inch of rainfall during the past 3 days.
 
Old 07-29-2013, 03:21 PM
 
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I won't post today's list of rainfall totals, as it's rather lengthy. Here's the link:

https://nwschat.weather.gov/p.php?pi...-NOUS45-PNSGJT

Very cool day today, at 3:20pm clouds with rain showers and a cool wind now. About 60 degrees outside.
 
Old 07-30-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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.20" rain yesterday in Ridgway. A heavy thunderstorm at 7pm and another one about midnight. Quite the light show. Sunshine crisp clean air and 50 degrees this morning.

Drier air will overspread the region leading to a downturn in thunderstorm activity today and Wednesday. Isolated to scattered showers and thunderstorms are still expected each day mainly across the mountains during the afternoon and evening hours. Temperatures will also warm up to seasonal levels as sunshine becomes more abundant. Monsoonal moisture presently over northern Mexico will return to eastern Utah and western Colorado Thursday, bringing an increase in thunderstorms through the coming weekend.
 
Old 07-30-2013, 06:07 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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Hot and dry, as usual. Wunderground is having its usual fun with forecasting for Cortez and predicts a high of 102 for tomorrow!

Boring old Accuweather predicts a humdrum high of 90 instead (they're NEVER any fun).

A few drops of rain may fall somewhere in the region some time this week. It won't be here.
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