Monsoonal moisture is streaming from southwest to northeast across Colorado and the Central Rockies. This has resulted in abundant cloudiness across the Colorado Front Range along with afternoon and evening thunderstorms. Rain amounts of 0.25 to 0.50 inches have been common in the northern Foothills and adjacent plains with some local amounts of up to 1.0 inches near the I-70 corridor. It is a treat to feel the humidity in the air, especially given how arid our great state is.
This pattern will continue at least through Friday with numerous afternoon and evening thunderstorms forming over the mountains and plains. The atmosphere will contain copious amounts of moisture, and the thunderstorms which form will be slow movers. This spells the recipe for localized heavy rain and the potential for flash flooding, particularly in and near the Cold Springs Fire burn area.
As is typical during the monsoon season, the clouds and moisture will help to keep temperatures down. Daytime highs will be in the low 70s with lows in the low 50s. This weather might be a bit of a drag for hikers and campers, but remember that our parched landscape needs this rain, and it helps lower fire danger.
Keep that umbrella handy!