Cloudy days may be passing by |

Cloudy days may be passing by

EAGLE COUNTY – With the final days of August ticking down, it may have seemed like a cloudy, wet month, but statistically it’s landing right around average.According to local weather watcher Frank Doll, the average rainfall for the month of August is 1.4 inches.”We’re right at that now,” Doll said. “There hasn’t been any significant moisture for quite a while.”Most of the storms, he said, have veered south, drenching places like Fountain and Colorado Springs. Even so, the Vail Valley has had what seems like an inordinate amount of cloudy days, where rain threatened even if it didn’t show up.”It’s cloudy, but they’re not doing anything,” Doll said.At the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, forecaster Jerry Smith said things will dry out across the western part of the state starting today.”It should be pretty nice for the weekend, because there’s a real dry air mass moving in,” Smith said. “There’s no mention of thunderstorms in the mountains beginning Friday, so it looks like a pretty major change.”Smith said temperatures in the Vail area should be in the mid-60s to low 70s over the weekend, with a slight warming into next week.The wet and cloudy weather that’s affected parts of Colorado over the past weeks was typical monsoon activity from the Gulf of Mexico, Smith said. “Almost every day in western Colorado or eastern Utah there have been places reporting heavy rains,” he said. “It’s been keeping everybody busy.”Alex Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 615, or Daily, Vail, Colorado

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