July wetter than normal
The weather picture around Grand Junction took a turn toward normal conditions in July, after one of the driest Junes in recent memory left the area thirsty for moisture.
The regional weather service reported that precipitation for the area reached almost a full inch in July, with 0.98 inch reported for the month. That was well above average rainfall of 0.61 inch for the month, based on years and years of recorded weather data.
In stark contrast, this past June was nearly record-setting when it came to lack of moisture. The Grand Valley reported just 0.04 inch of rain, far from the 0.46 inch that’s the norm in June over years past. A burst of rain late in the month kept it from being recorded as the driest June in the area ever.
“July is traditionally a wetter month, and June probably is one of our drier months. But still, normal is almost half an inch, and we didn’t get even a twentieth of an inch (in June),” said Dan Cuevas, technician with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.
Average temperatures in July also crept past normal. The average for the area was 80.1 degrees, which was above normal by 1.9 degrees, Cuevas said.
As for August, we can look forward to even more moisture than the past couple of months, if the trend toward normal continues. Average rainfall is 0.95 inch during August.
More immediately, the week ahead is forecast to be increasingly hot, with relatively dry conditions. High temperatures are expected to climb to the mid- to upper-90s by midweek, with chances of rain each day not exceeding 40 percent.