Two forest fires in recent days has shown how dry it still is on the Western Slope, and forecasters at the National Weather Service can't yet say how much longer the dry days will continue.
Meteorologist Paul Frisbie says this was a hotter–than–normal summer overall, with a warm start to June followed by a string of seven days in July over 100 degrees.
Daytime temperatures last month were below normal for the season, but he says warmer night–time temperatures evened out the average to normal for the month.
The forecast for fall may be good news for outdoor lovers, with predictions for higher-than-normal temperatures. But Frisbie says chances for average precipitation for fall and into the winter are only 50-50, even though fall is historically among the wettest times of the year in the Grand Valley. He adds that a weak El Nino may also result in a below–normal winter snow pack.