Brief Visit of the Monsoon Brings Some Relief

Although it is a hopeful sign to see a high coverage of storms on the radar as of writing this post, it is not going to last for very long. At least we have a couple of days to look forward to for cooler temperatures, some moisture, and at least a different weather pattern to watch.

Temperatures hit the 90s for the 9th day in a row today, but rain arrived. Temperatures dropped and will stay cooler for a couple/few days.

The storms that arrived are part of the monsoonal flow that spread flooding rainfall in the Phoenix area over the weekend and is spreading the potential of flooding rainfall across our western slope through early Wednesday morning.

Denver needs more than 3-inches of rain to get back to the summer average (to date); only 0.60-inches has fallen since June 1st.

Thankfully, rain chances of 40 percent will run through Thursday and this will help our dry conditions, although not likely to completely drain the deficit.

Here is a precipitation projection by the GFS model. Given the scattered nature of the storms, this should serve as possible accumulation totals rather than exact placement of said totals.

With on-and-off rain chances, and the cloud cover, temperatures will stay notably cooler - mostly 80s for the next couple of days. That is 5 to 10-degrees cooler than average. The above or below average temperatures shown here for Wednesday:

By the weekend, there will be storms around but chances drop back to isolated/scattered storminess and temperatures will warm-up again.

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Matt Makens

Matt Makens has won 5 Emmys for his weather coverage. He has the seal of approval from the NWA and is a certified Broadcast Meteorologist as designated by the AMS. He works for Colorado's Own Ch 2.

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