Where it rained in valley, it poured

Brothers Andy, left, and Charley Willett roll puddles from Suplizio Field after a late-afternoon shower Saturday as they prepared the field for the Grand Junction Rockies game.

Where were you for the first substantial rainfall in recent memory?

It was likely a question on numerous Grand Junction residents’ minds Saturday, as a thunderstorm moved through the area about 5 p.m., dumping up to half an inch of rain on some parts of the Grand Valley, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Paul Frisbie.

The National Weather Service located at the Grand Junction Regional Airport received 0.48 inch from the storm, Frisbie said.

The amount set a record for July 7. The previous record was 0.27 inch, set in 1933.

The Weather Service had measured only 1.42 inches or rain for this year through 5 p.m. Saturday, which was 2.67 inches below normal.

An employee at Ace Hardware on the Redlands, 2140 Broadway, said they could have been the benefactors of the half inch the National Weather Service reported because it rained hard at the store for “15 to 20 minutes.”

Dennis Hill, nursery manager at Bookcliff Gardens, 755 26 Road, channeled his inner youth and stood in the rain as it poured down Saturday in north Grand Junction.

“I got soaked,” he said. “It. Was. Wonderful.”

In terms of what the much-anticipated moisture means to this area, Hill said to watch and wait.

“Plants will respond to this rain,” he added, almost giddy with excitement. “They will look better in a couple days. You will notice.”

The Weather Service reported that a flash flood occurred about 5 p.m. about eight miles north of Palisade, where the Pine Ridge Fire has been burning.

But depending on where you stood, not much if any rain fell.

An employee at Palisade’s Plum Creek Winery said it did not rain much there.

An employee at Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria in Fruita said it poured for five minutes, then stopped.

More rainfall may be in the future for the Grand Valley, Frisbie said, but the amount of moisture is not forecast to be as substantial as what fell in the area Saturday.

“We’re going to start trending a little drier,” he said.


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