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Spring 2018 Climate Summary for Eastern Utah and Western Colorado

*Please note that all data mentioned is collected from our automated observing stations from 10 different airports across eastern Utah and western Colorado. Some of our cooperative observers in more remote areas may have measured warmer or colder temperatures, or more or less precipitation than what was mentioned in this summary.*

 

 

 

As of June 1st, Meteorological Summer began! The spring season, observed from March 1st to May 31st, was warm and dry across the region. Several strong ridges of high pressure stayed put overhead which led to temperatures climbing above normal. Additionally, the frequent warm and dry spells led to periods of critical fire weather concerns for portions of western Colorado. Still, there were some impressive late season winter storms that occurred in March and even the beginnings of April and May which brought heavy snowfall to the mountains and travel impacts along the major interstates and highways. However, summer-like temperatures came early with numerous record high temperatures set during the middle and end of May. And, of course, it wouldn’t be spring without windy conditions with tree and fence damage occurring in the Grand Junction area on May 26th.

 

The Climate Prediction Center has issued its latest 3 month temperature and precipitation outlook (for the months of June, July and August). This outlook is showing a shift of odds towards warmer temperatures and above normal precipitation across western Colorado and eastern Utah.

 

The preliminary climate summary for some of our automated stations can be found on the attached slide show. For more climate information from other sites, please visit our climate page on our website at http://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=gjt (select the NOWDATA tab for even more sites). You can also follow us on Facebook (@NWSGrandJunction) or Twitter (@NWSGJT).