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Will summer rains stick around?

Cliff Thompson

AVON ” Heavy rain Saturday night broke the heat wave that has hung over the High Country for nearly two weeks.

Better than two-thirds of an inch of rain fell Saturday and Sunday nights, said weather watcher Frank Doll of Avon. He’s been keeping track of rain and daily temperatures since 1968. Saturday .41 of an inch fell, and Sunday, .26″.

The break in the weather ended 12 consecutive days of temperatures topping 90 degrees at Avon, Doll said.

“We have to get the highs and lows to move around a bit so the weather will go where it’s needed,” he said.

The rain, clouds and cool weather ” some call these summer rains the mountain monsoon ” continued through Monday but summer-like temperatures are expected resume by midweek, forecasters said.

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Temperatures Saturday plummeted from the low 90s to less than 60 degrees as rain fell and locals to grabbed umbrellas, jackets and sweatshirts.

The rain also doubled the summer-like water levels of the Eagle River to flows slightly above the long-term average. The rain also lowered wildland fire danger from extreme to moderate. A number of small wildfires were sparked by lightning but all have been extinguished by fire crews.

The heat-trapping high pressure system that parked over the Colorado for two weeks has moved east, causing triple-digit temperatures in some areas of the Midwest.

More normal summer temperatures are expected to return here after a weak weather disturbance moves through Tuesday night, forecasters said.

“It will be a little dryer here Tuesday” said Ellen Heffernan, a forecaster with the National Weather Service. “By Friday the high will establish itself over the Four Corner area and by Sunday it should moisten up a bit.”

How much moisture depends on where the high pressure sets up, Heffernan said. If it’s farther to the west, it will be drier than if the “axis” of the high is farther east, she said.

Thanks to good late spring moisture,

Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.

Vail, Colo.

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