The Monsoon

The above image clearly shows the monsoon moisture plume that is prevailing across the southwest part of the country.  All of the white color on the map reflects where the best moisture is located in the midlevels of the atmosphere.  The green is also excellent moisture, but is more indicative of where the showers and storms are forming.  Conversely, the black and orange shading shows where the drier air is located.

This plume of moisture is key in keeping shower and storm chances in our forecast.  The pattern shows no real sign of changing in the near future.  This could end up being problematic, especially if it shifts slightly to the east.  This will keep the prospects of heavy rain in our forecast for the next week.  There are also little disturbances that will be working through the flow, and that will not only localize the heavy rain, but could mean rainfall rates of 2 to 3 inches per hour.  11 Weather will be watching the weather closely this week, as this is the prime flash flood time of the year.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by jon Location: stratton meadows/ southgate on Aug 13, 2010 at 09:21 PM
    monsoon season over already ? looking at the sat. maps, there is certainly NO sign or trace of moisture found even over old Mexico. is it over all ready ? sure was all too short, did'nt have much from it here a total of about 2.4 inch for the entire thing, which is only about a third of what should have totaled out for it,i was on Tues & Wen of this week up at Missouri Lakes basin NW of Leadville & at Grizzly gulch west of Independence pass, & both places the winds were ' strong out of the NW , which is very typical for Sept through winter, always occurs after the monsoon moisture season is over... sure was a truncated season for it this yr.. jon
  • by Fran Location: Florence on Aug 12, 2010 at 11:03 PM
    It was so hot and dry since June this year, I was afraid we wouldn't get a monsoon. Definitely wasted worry!
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 10, 2010 at 06:29 PM
    Not bored to blog about the weather, it is way too interesting! LOL! Anyhow, the monsoon is defined as a seasonal wind shift that changes local weather patterns. Only the southwestern states truly have a monsoon, but here in Colorado, we benefit from the moisture it move northward.
  • by Nancy Location: cos on Aug 10, 2010 at 01:48 PM
    you know one has to be bored off his/her mind to blog about the explain to me this monsoon thing...Isn't the "monsoon" a season in India, Thailand, exotic places like that? When did it make it to the Rockies?????
  • by jon Location: strattonmeadows/ southgate on Aug 6, 2010 at 08:48 PM
    Joe at Florissant , how much rain did you get from the Wensday storm ? i drove through it about 6 PM i was definitly lusting over it, wishing i could see such a rain as that you had down here, but ended up with nothing that day... jon
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:31 PM
    LaRae, I do not know of any microbursts from that storm on Monday near Stratmoor. One did occur near Pueblo West. Why do you ask?
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:30 PM
    Jay and Joe, the lightning the past several days has given some of our equipment fits. Fixing things has taken longer than anticipated. Hope to be back on the air soon.
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 5, 2010 at 07:29 PM
    Rain totals were in the 1 to 2" category, in about 45 mintues to one hour timeframe.
  • by Joe Location: Florissant on Aug 4, 2010 at 09:34 PM
    I was thinking the same thing as Jay. Had to watch channel 4 out of Denver tonight. Can we get them every night?
  • by LaRae Location: Pueblo on Aug 4, 2010 at 01:33 PM
    Wondering if that was a micro-burst event east or southeast of Stratmoor Monday evening?
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