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Spectacular September an "average’" month

Cliff Thompson
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If you ever wondered what it’s like to experience an average month weatherwise, you just experienced one.

September was about as close to average as it gets, according to temperature and precipitation readings taken by Avon weather watcher Frank Doll.

Temperatures and precipitation were within the 20-year average. There was 1.72 inches of rain and snow, mostly in the first half of the month.

On the warmest day, Sept. 2, the mercury hit 81. The coldest day hit Sept. 18, when the temperature dropped to 25 degrees. The average high temperature was 71.1 degrees and average low, 39.5.

The warm, dry and clear weather pattern in the last half of the month provided one of the prettiest autumn color shows in memory, with brilliant aspen and oak brush covering mountainsides.

“It’s the prettiest year I’ve ever seen,” said Doll, a 35-year resident of Avon.

But all that’s going to change dramatically. A mild Pacific storm system is bringing moisture to the mountains for the next three days, said Troy Lindquist, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction.

“It’s not a real strong or real cold storm,” he said. “I don’t expect snow levels to be lower than 10,000 feet.”

The storm should move out and the weather will clear for the weekend.

Cliff Thompson can be reached at 970-949-0555 x450 or cthompson@vaildaily.com

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