Warmer Than Normal Valley Temperatures

By: James Hopkins Email
By: James Hopkins Email

Many in the grand valley have been hit with spring fever but is this warm trend going to last? For the past month temperatures have been above normal with some of those days close to record setting. The temperature Wednesday was 66 in grand junction which is the fourth warmest on record for that date but how long will this warming trend continue.

Incident Meteorologist Joe Ramey says "certainly through the weekend and into the next week even as we start getting more showers next week temps will continue to be mild." Not only have the temperatures been up but the rain has been down. This month we are below the normal level of precipitation by around thirty percent but even with the recent lack of moisture forecasters say there's no reason to worry.

Bryon Lawrence, Service Hydrologist says thet "we're running above normal, precipitation wise, that includes rain and snow in the upper colorado river basin and i think in general we're running 115% to 120% of normal." Rainfall totals are calculated from october to september,
so thanks to a wetter than normal december we are still sitting pretty.
But it may not be time to pack away the winter clothes and bring out the tank tops shorts just yet.

The outlook from the national climate center is for above normal temperatures into the warm season. So while the current trend might just last right into spring I wouldn't pack away the winter clothes just yet
Because unpredictable mother nature always has a way to bring down our spring fever.


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