Weather Discussion & Outlook

A Ridge of High pressure is covering the Great Basin & Rockies today, with a good amount of moist & unstable air related to the Desert Southwest monsoon that is drifting north within that Ridge. Monsoon moisture is evident from the Sierras to the Tetons, over Utah & Colorado into central & eastern Wyoming today. Wherever that moisture is, there is the potential for rain showers & thunderstorms to develop. Hard part about nailing the precip potential this week is that the winds aloft are so light and all over the place as far as direction goes, which makes it difficult to tell what direction things will be coming from! For now, I will just say that it looks like the best surge of the monsoon for us will be today, with another good surge may come up over us on Friday. Cloud cover keeps us cooler today, and temps are fairly steady thru the rest of the week, with very little change in the weather pattern thru Friday. The Ridge in the West flattens out Sat./Sun. and we come under more of a westerly flow aloft. Some afternoon thunderstorms may still be possible due to leftover Monsoon moisture, and also the possibility of leftover moisture from Tropical Storm Hernan, out in the Pacific off the coast of Baja this week.

© Jim Woodmencey, meteorologist