Record highs with abundant sunshine last week and record rain fall with below normal temperatures this week, the weather in the grand valley has taken a crazy turn. "What we typically call a monsoon type pattern in August has arrived in May," says meteorologist Jeff Colton.
The above normal high temperatures and rapid snow melt put the Colorado river near flood stage. And with over an inch of rain this weekend there's a new warning for the grand valley. A Flash Flood watch. Colton says, "even if it's not raining at your location, rain in the mountains could be flowing down creeks that are normally dry."
For many the day off of work was the perfect day to hike. With soils already saturated, park rangers warned hikers to stay out of low lying areas because a quick storm can cause fast run–off. But with skies clearing later this week, we're not out of the woods just yet. Colton says. "as the week goes on the valleys will see less rain but the mountains will still see rain in the evenings," and all that rain will travel down to the grand valley.
So if you plan to be out enjoying mother nature as the skies clear up later in the week officials hope you won't take the warnings lightly. The national monument says they will continue to monitor the weather and urge people who plan to hike to stay on the higher trails.