Past 3 months mark extra-dry spell

Chad Daponti of Clifton fishes Sunday off a partially submerged deck at the Connected Lakes section of the James M. Robb–Colorado River State Park. Daponti and his family were enjoying thewarm weather, which is forecast to prevail through the week.

If three months constitutes a cycle, in terms of the weather, then the data collected by area weather-watchers for October show the region wrapped up a dry and warm one over the past few months.

The .29 inch of precipitation measured near Grand Junction Regional Airport in the month of October was well below the average of 1.06 inches for the month — a continuation from the previous two.

“The last three months, we’ve been about three-fourths of an inch below normal (in terms of monthly precipitation),” said Dan Cuevas, technician with the local office of the National Weather Service.

Cuevas said that September’s precipitation count of .46 inch was a full .72 inch below that month’s average.

Further, August was similarly dry, clocking in with just .16 inch of moisture — which was .79 inch short of average.

October’s average daily temperature was actually a bit lower than average — 52.8 degrees, versus the average 53 degrees — but the region is back to some warmer temperatures.

“We’ve started off (November) with a warm, dry pattern,” Cuevas said. “We’re going to stay under the influence of high pressure through most of the week.”

That includes Tuesday — Election Day — when many people will be headed to local polling places. The forecast looks beautiful, with mostly sunny skies and high temperatures expected in the mid- to upper-60s.

Cuevas said the trend might be short-lived, though.

“We’re watching what looks like it could be a pretty good storm system coming in by the weekend — giving us some rain, possibly some snow at lower elevations, but certainly cooling things off,” he said.


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