Parched June barely misses GJ’s record for dryness

If it hadn’t been for an overnight thunderstorm late in the month, June would have tied Grand Junction’s record for least amount of June rainfall.

Only a trace of precipitation had been recorded in June 2012 until 0.04 inch of rain fell early on the morning of June 28, according to Matthew Aleksa, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. That amount put this June in the 20th spot for Grand Junction’s records of driest Junes.

Three days last month tied local records for high temperatures. June 3 tied at 96 degrees, June 4 tied for the record of 98 degrees, and June 22 tied for the record of 101 degrees.  There were also four days in June when the thermometer stretched to 102 degrees, and the average high temperature for the month, 94.8 degrees, was eight degrees above normal.

The all-time-highest temperature recorded any June in Grand Junction was 105, a record set on June 27, 1990. Temperatures will have to stretch beyond 106 this month to beat the city’s record for hottest July day ever, set on July 21, 2005.

Aleksa said the Grand Valley is unlikely to break any records for heat or dryness this week as temperatures cool slightly to the 90s and possibly a degree or two above 100.

Thunderstorms are forecast to hit the area Thursday, with a chance for scattered showers especially at high terrain that day. Afternoon and night showers are possible Friday and Saturday, Aleksa said.

“We’ll have increased clouds and moisture as monsoonal moisture works its way up from the south,” he said.


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