Mike's Weather Blog -- August 2007

August 30, 2007 -- Weekend weather looking good!

Scattered thunderstorms developed once again on Wednesday afternoon, with some locally heavy rainfall and even a brief funnel cloud forming over the northern Denver Metro area. The storms died down quickly with nightfall and skies cleared. The weather for the next 24 hours will still be just a bit stormy, as there is a little residual moisture across Colorado, but the trend will be warming and drying statewide.

August 28, 2007 -- Some Storms, Then Heating Back Up

Widely scattered showers and thunderstorms popped up again over Colorado on Tuesday, thanks to a combination of leftover tropical moisture from Hurricane Dean (yes, it is still swirling around out there) and a weak cold front sliding into the state from the northern plains. The one-two weather punch will stick around for Wednesday, with cooler temperatures and a good chance for showers and thunderstorms. By Thursday, the front will change direction and move out of Colorado to the east, allowing warmer air to push back across the region. The tropical moisture will slowly dry out and leave the central Rockies with a drier atmosphere as the holiday weekend approaches.

We have had 51 days with highs in the 90s so far this summer, well above the average number of 90s which is 33 days. The record number of 90 degree or higher days in a summer season in Denver is 61 days, set back in the sizzling summer of 2000. After a cooler day on Wednesday, the temperatures will slowly be climbing back nto the 90s for the Labor Day weekend.

August 27, 2007 -- Showers and storms in the outlook

The weekend was a hot one, with 95 degrees on Sunday. The next few days will be cooler, courtesy of clouds moving into the state from the southwest and a cold front sagging down from the north. The remnants of once mighty Hurricane Dean are swirling into Colorado from Mexico and will bring shade and a much better chance for showers and thunderstorms for the next two days. A weak cold front will slip into the state and stall over the mountains, adding to the instability in the atmosphere and helping to stir up showers and storms.

Hot temperatures covered Colorado over the past weekend, but the fever in our forecast will break a bit this week. The cooler weather will feel much better as highs drop back into the 80s and perhaps only into the upper 70s by Wednesday.

August 24, 2007 -- A Weekend Warm Up

The stormy weather is going to be taking the weekend off! After all the thunderstorms we had this week, we will see a weekend filled with warmer temperatures and dry weather. This weekend is going to be calm, dry, and sunny. You can see what the weather will be like in Colorado by checking our exclusive "FutureCast", click here Futurecast. To see the latest radar images - just click Doppler Radar .

Temperatures are going to be warmer this weekend. Instead of seeing temperatures in the high 70s and low 80s we will be experiencing temperatures in the high 80s, low 90s.

The weather this weekend is going to perfect for those who are looking to head outdoors! Don't forget to wear that sunscreen!

August 23, 2007 -- Cooler air and some storms

We have a nice break from the hot weather as temperatures will remain cooler than average today across Colorado. The cooler air is fairly humid, so showers and thunderstorms will be likely this afternoon and evening - some storms may be severe again today.

August 22, 2007 -- Cold front brings relief and rainshowers

A cold front slid into northern Colorado this morning and has brought down temperatures and scattered showers and thunderstorms. The somewhat rare round of morning storms was a welcome break from the intense heat of Tuesday. More showers and storms are likely this afternoon and again over the next two days.

The cooler air we will enjoy is in contrast to the sweltering heat that continues just to our east and south. There are some great maps for temperatures around the country.

Hurricane Dean is now hitting Mexico again with more heavy rains. The storm will weaken over land today and tomorrow, but will dump torrents of rain across central Mexico for the next several days. There is a chance that the remnants of the storm will affect Colorado with moderate to heavy rain early next week. You can stay updated with Hurricane Dean and any other tropical storms by clinking this link to see the latest updates on tropical storms and hurricanes Hurricane Updates .

August 21, 2007 -- A Taste of Fall Is Just a Few Days Away

So far this summer we have had several days of hot and humid air here in Colorado. This past week here in Denver we were drier than we were a few days ago, but we were still very, very, very hot!!! So far this month we have had 15 days with temperatures above 90 degrees. So far this summer we have had a total of 49 days with temperatures above 90 degrees. As bad as that may sound, we have only had 3 days this year above 100 degrees.

Even though it may have seemed to be warmer this summer than the past few summers, it has actually been about the same. In 2006 we had 54 days and 55 days in 2005 with temperatures of 90 degrees or more. The record for the most days with temperatures of 90 degrees plus is 61 set back in the year 2000, that broke the the old record of 60 days set back in 1994.

However, our 90 plus degree weather will come to a pause for the next week or so as a cold front will cut accross the area tonight bringing us cooler temperatures and more rain. Tomorrow, highs will be in the upper 80s but by thursday our temperatures will drop in to the low 80s. Some areas may even experience highs in the upper 70s.

TheDenverChannel.com has some great radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.

We have some great maps for temperatures around the country. For a look at state temperatures click Colorado Temperatures . We even have the front range weather Front Range Temperatures . Just click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada!

August 21, 2007 -- Dean is dumping torrential rains

Hurricane Dean roared onshore over the central Yucatan Pennisula Monday night. The storm missed Cancun and Cozumel with the brunt of its winds, but is still dumping torrential rainfall over the southern and central Yucatan Pennisula. Ten to twenty inches of rain in that region will cause flash flooding and mudslides.

The storm will probably still be a minimal hurricane when it swirls back out over the Bay of Campeche tomorrow. The warm waters of the bay will help to refuel Dean and turn it into a strong storm again before it moves back onshore over Mexico by Thursday. Dean will drop intense rainfall over much of central Mexico through the rest of the week. It is possible that the remnants of Dean will make it all the way to the Pacific Ocean over the weekend and there is even a chance that it could reform into a hurricane again next week - this time in the Pacific! That is an extremely rare meteorological event, we will have to keep watching! You can stay updated with Hurricane Dean and any other tropical storms by clinking this link to see the latest updates on tropical storms and hurricanes Hurricane Updates

August 20, 2007 -- Dean is Truly a Monster!

Hurricane Dean will remain very powerful today and tonight as he roars over the tepid waters of the Caribbean Sea and moves toward the east coast of the Yucatan Pennisula of Mexico. Dean hit Jamiaca hard, but not with a direct hit, drifting too far south to deal the island nation a crippling blow. Nonetheless, flooding, landslides and huge waves crashed across the island on Sunday. The hurricane is now over open waters of the Caribbean Sea where it will feed off the warmth and humidity, to stay at category four or become a category five storm before slamming into Mexico. The water temperatures in the area are getting close 90 degrees Fahrenheit - helping to fuel the tropical system. To see the current sea surface temperatures, just click here: Marine Temperatures

You can stay updated with Hurricane Dean and any other tropical storms by clinking this link to see the latest updates on tropical storms and hurricanes Hurricane Updates

We have a much more peaceful pattern in Colorado for the next two days. To see what the weather will be like in Colorado, you can preview our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast The extreme heat continues to cover the south-central United States, as the combination of very hot temperatures and high humidity makes for a sticky, steamy time from St. Louis to Dallas to New Orleans. We have some great maps for temperatures elsewhere around the country. Just click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Canada!

August 17, 2007 -- Some storms in Colorado, big worries in the Caribbean!

We have a chance of scattered thunderstorms through the weekend, but a the tropics are going to be the area of major concern into the early part of next week. To see what the weather will be like in Colorado, you can preview our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast TheDenverChannel.com has some great radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.

Hurricane Dean, is in full force in the Caribbean Sea and is moving full throttle towards the Gulf of Mexico. Although it is a bit early to determine exactly where Hurricane Dean will make landfall, it has a chance of hitting the U.S near Brownsville, Texas by the middle of next week. In the mean time, Dean is bearing down on Jamaica and then Cancun and Cozumel. The storm is now a major hurricane and will likely stay a category four to five storm as it roars over Jamaica and into the Yucatan Pennisula.

You can stay updated with Hurricane Dean and other tropical storms by clinking this link to see the latest updates on tropical storms and hurricanes Hurricane Updates The water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are getting close to their annual maximum - helping to fuel tropical systems. To see the current sea surface temperatures, just click here: Marine Temperatures

August 16, 2007 -- Calmer Weather, At Least for Us In Colorado

After a busy afternoon yesterday with strong thunderstorms produncing heavy rainfall and small hail, it looks like we are going to dry out and warm up over the next couple days. We have a chance of isolated to scattered thunderstorms tomorrow, but after that, rain chances should decrease and temperatures should climb back up into the low to mid 90s by the weekend. To see what the weather will be like, you can preview our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast TheDenverChannel.com has some great radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.

Although all seems to be fairly quiet along the front range, their is major weather to the south of us in Texas where Tropical Depression Erin has made landfall. Erin has been producing rainfall rates of 4-6 inches of rain per hour causing streets to flood and building roofs to collapse. Another threat that Erin has generated is the threat of tornadoes along the central coast of Texas.

Even as Erin continues to devastate portions of Texas another tropical system, Hurricane Dean, is in full force in the Atlantic Ocean and is moving full throttle towards the Gulf of Mexico. Although it is a bit early to determine exactly where Hurricane Dean will make landfall, it has a good chance of hitting the U.S if it stays on its current path. Hurricane Dean is a Catagory 2 storm with sustained wind speeds of 100 mph.

August 15, 2007 -- Some Strong Storms Again!

A weak cold front slipped into Colorado early Wednesday, bringing some cooler air to the Front Range, Metro Area and the northeastern plains. High temperatures dropped out of the 95 to 100 degree range back into a much more tolerable 80 to 90 degrees. The front also brought an increase in humidity to the area and that helped to fuel some pretty strong thunderstorms.

One particularly potent cell moved across Jefferson and Douglas Counties during the mid afternoon and then rumbled on toward Limon. Numerous reports of marble to ping pong ball sized hail came in from this storm, along with several thousand lightning strikes. A line of thunderstorms moved through Denver between 6 PM and 7 PM and brought a brief, but heavy band of rain, and some small hail. The front will stall over the Front Range overnight and serve as the focal point for more thundery weather over the state on Thursday. Skies will start partly cloudy, but not finish that way as the storms build in the afternoon.

August 14, 2007 -- Some Relief From the Heat!

After a week of temperatures soaring in to the mid to upper 90s, slightly cooler air is on the way!!! Yesterday we broke a record high with a temperature of 99 degrees shattering the old record of 96 degrees set back in 1996. Although releif from the heat is in store for the northeastern part of the state, there is not much relief for the southeastern part of the state as temperatures will remain in the upper 90s tomorrow. Places in southeastern colorado saw triple digit heat the past couple days and will continue to do so for today.

However, with a passing cold front also means an increased chance for rain. We should continue seeing scattered thunderstorms develop through tonight with an even better chance of rain tomorrow. So, for tomorrow expect highs in the low to mid 90s with about a 40% chance of scattered thunderstorms.

August 13, 2007 -- Record Heat Likely Today

Mostly sunny skies will help the Denver Metro Area heat up quickly today and reach record setting levels this afternoon. The current record high for August 13th is 96 degrees, last set in 1996. The predicted high for today is 100 degrees, so the record looks to be pretty well "cooked" for today. If we hit 100, it will mark the fourth time we have reached triple digits this summer.

Today should be the hottest day of the week, as highs will be slightly lower over the next few days - only in the mid 90s! The rain chances are not very high for the next 3-5 days, but there will be some scattered late afternoon and evening thunderstorms popping up each day. The odds of one of these storms hitting your lawn, garden or farm field are only about 10-20%, so most areas will be missed by the moisture.

August 8, 2007 -- Clearing Out and Warming Up

After a couple of weeks of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall, it looks like we are finally going to clear out. Just a few scattered thunderstorms in the afternoon or evening can be expected for the rest of the week and the weekend.

This up-coming weeather will be greatly appreciated for folks in Fort Collins who received 5 - 5.5 inches of rain near the intersection of College and Harmony last week causing streets and parks to flood. In other areas around Colorado, several days of thunderstorms producing heavy rainfall kept the ground saturated. Due to the fact that the ground was so saturated, any small amount of rainfall could have produced flooding, so flash flood and flood watches were issued several times through out the past couple weeks.

Looking ahead to the next couple days, you can expect temperatures to climb back up into the low to mid 90s around the metro area and minimal thunderstorm activity for the state - a very nice break!

August 6, 2007 -- Wet Weather for a While

It looks like the wet weather will stick around. There will be a chance of thunderstorms pretty much every afternoon for the next 5 days or so. These may be slow moving storms and that means more heavy rain is possible for some locations.

By the way, if you would like to become part of a growing network of weather watchers and provide valuable information for Colorado weather research, consider becoming a CoCoRahs volunteer. CoCoRahs is an acronym for Community Collaborative Rain and Hail Study. Volunteers receive a rain gauge and a hail pad ( a small device used for measuring the size and intensity of hail ). CoCoRahs has expanded in the past decade to include over 4,000 weather watchers all over Colorado and even neighboring states. For more information, visit their website at www.cocorahs.org.

There will be some heavy storms that could cause flash flooding so keep this in mind - a flash flood watch means that flash flooding is possible, but not imminent, within the watch area. People in a watch area should keep an eye on the weather and be prepared for immediate action should heavy rains and flash flooding occur, or if a flash flood warning is issued.

(Click here to see the Front Range Watch/Warning map).

August 2, 2007 -- Cold Front Moved in Last Night

A cold front slipped into the state late Wednesday. The temperatures today will be about 10 degrees cooler than yesterday. There is an increase in humidity today, so scattered afternoon and evening thunderstorms will be developing. The prospects for severe weather appear to be low, but some of the storms could produce some locally heavy rain.

Friday will be a little warmer, with still a chance for thunderstorms. Over the weekend, the airmass will dry out and warm up again, with highs returning to the low 90s.

August 1, 2007 -- August Starts Out Like July Ended

It will be another hot day today, with highs soaring into the low 90s this afternoon. July 2007 certainly was a hot month - 3 degrees warmer than average and tied for the tenth warmest July since 1870. It was also the 8th driest July, with a mere .47" in the official Denver rain gauge at DIA. Some areas did pick up much more rainfall, but due to the spotty nature of the storms, there were a few "haves" and many more "have nots" in terms of heavy preciptation.

The weather today will stay hot and mainly dry, with only a few late day thunderstorms. Tonight, a cold front will slip down from Wyoming into eastern Colorado and bring us a nice change for Thursday. Cooler temperatures and higher humidity can be expected tomorrow, along with a better chance for thunderstorms.

The weather will heat up and dry out again by the weekend, but not really be too bad, considering that it is early August and it is supposed to be hot!

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