Wet weather rolls in with August | VailDaily.com

Wet weather rolls in with August

Alex Miller
NWS Weather Feature PU 8-4

AVON ” July may have been dry as a box of bones, but August so far has been more like a Slip ‘n Slide. Temperatures have dropped, too, with a light dusting of snow visible on some of the higher peaks Thursday morning.

Don’t get that campfire raging just yet, though. According to Ross Wilmore, fire management officer with the U.S. Forest Service in Eagle, it’ll be next week before any decision is made on lifting the current fire ban.

“We’re going to look to see what happens with the drying trend forecast for the weekend and see if the monsoon is going to set back up later next week, as forecast,” Wilmore said.

Next Tuesday, he said, they’ll run some charts on the various measures used to predict fire danger, then make a decision Wednesday.

“One thing we don’t want to do is take off a restriction, then put it back on,” he said. “We want to look at the overall trend and base it on that.”

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According to Jerry Smith, a forecaster at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, the wet weather Colorado has seen this week should dissipate in time for the weekend.

“It’ll dry out some until next week when the next surge comes,” Smith said. “We’re looking at maybe Tuesday or Wednesday when the monsoon is reestablished.”

In July, Avon weather watcher Frank Doll recorded a total rainfall of just .82 inches. For the first three days of August, Doll measured almost half of that (.39 inches), with more rain falling Thursday.

“It has been a little damp,” Doll said, noting that a golf tournament at Castle Pines was called on account of rain.

But other parts of the state have seen much wetter weather. Smith said one weather watcher in Mancos, near Durango, recorded one inch of rain in 15 minutes Wednesday night. Other areas have seen some flooding.

Tuesday night, torrential rains near Frisco contributed to a fatal accident on I-70.

Dick Suekawa, 60, of Noblesville, Ind., died of massive head injuries when he apparently lost control of the car he was driving. Suekawa was a former Secret Service agent and current director of security at Indianapolis International Airport.

Alex Miller can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 615, or amiller@vaildaily.com.

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