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  • Warm and dry weather to start the work week
    on August 7, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Mostly sunny skies with temperatures in the upper seventies, on their way to the low eighties, are over the Steamboat Springs area early on this delightful Sunday afternoon. Temperatures will rise into the mid eighties on Monday and upper eighties on Tuesday and Wednesday along with meager precipitation chances before temperatures cool and precipitation chances increase for the end of the work week and next weekend.

    A weak and dry cool front this morning will keep our high temperature in the low eighties today, which is right around our average for this time of year. An eddy cut off from the main jet stream is currently spinning off the northern California coast, and winds from the south ahead of the eddy will bring warm and dry air northward as a ridge of high pressure builds over the West Coast on Monday and Tuesday.

    So expect rising temperatures and dry weather through midweek, with Monday expected to be in the mid eighties while Tuesday and Wednesday will see the hottest temperatures of the week as they threaten the ninety degree mark.

    Energy moving across the northern Pacific is forecast to nudge the eddy off the California coast eastward by midweek, which will also nudge the ridge of high pressure eastward, allowing another surge of monsoonal moisture on the backside of the ridge of high pressure to move northward and toward our area.

    Shower chances are expected to increase as soon as later Thursday, with higher chances currently forecast for Friday and the weekend as the California eddy first moves northward toward Vancouver by the end of the work week and then eastward along the Canadian border through next weekend. Note that the forecast for next weekend is similar to the wet forecast made a week ago for this weekend, which did not verify, so be sure to check back Thursday afternoon for my next regularly scheduled weather narrative to see if the wetter weekend forecast stays consistent.

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