April Showers Welcome In The Grand Valley

People itching to get outdoors may be annoyed with frequent rain in the last few weeks but one local group welcomes the dark skies.

The grand valley is a full month into spring and we've already seen a full range of weather. From highs in the seventies to lows in the teens with snow and gusting wind. But for the month of April, rain is the topic of conversation. So far we're 8/10Th's of an inch above normal in grand junction and while that might not sound like much, it's actually almost three times the normal amount for the entire month of April.

For some people the extra rain is welcome. Because higher rain amounts mean higher humidity's and dew-points which helps in the fight against the cold. "If our humidity's are higher we don't have near the temp swings between high and low–between day and night and if our dew-points are higher the chance of freezing is less." says Bruce Talbott of Talbott Farms.

But this is not the only reason he welcomes more spring rain. Grapes survive and thrive much better when they get a wet opening to the season and more rain means less need for irrigation. "Saves us money and gives us time, we can wait a little later to worry about irrigating and worry about other things right now." Because now his worries are still on the freezing overnight temperatures.

Even with this extra rain, the Grand Valley is still down a tenth of an inch for the year, due to a dryer than normal February and March. While the month is only halfway over the long range forecast is looking quite different. "We have a better chance of having below normal precipitation for may into June." States Aldia Strautins of the NWS.

But there is still one more storm in the forecast for April in about a week and a half. Which can bring the grand valley a little closer to normal.


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