Joe Nicholls and NOAA Forecast for Monday, July 31, 2017

Joe Nicholls

The high pressure is strengthening over the West with our flow more from the north and northeast, so we're drying out the air mass. We could see an isolated thunderstorm, but these would have high bases with mainly gusty winds and lightning, and these would be very brief. A slight increase in the thunderstorm coverage on Wednesday and Thursday, b ut certainly not a big surge of moisture.

NOAA - Steamboat Springs

Today - Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. Light north northeast wind becoming northeast 5 to 10 mph in the morning.

Tonight - Mostly clear, with a low around 48. East wind 5 to 10 mph.

Tuesday - Mostly sunny, with a high near 83. East wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Tuesday Night - Partly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.

Wednesday - A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Calm wind becoming west northwest around 5 mph in the afternoon.olpnm3iol

Today is the 41st anniversary of the big Tompson flood, deadliest flash flood in Colorado’s recorded history. On July 31st, between 12 and 14 inches of rain fell over a four-hour period in the mountains around the resort town of Estes Park. Unusual weather patterns allowed the huge storm system to stall over the area as it dumped its load.

By 9 p.m., water sweeping into the Big Thompson River had taken it from an average depth of 18 inches to a 20-foot wall of water that crashed through the length of the canyon. Recordings taken at the mouth of the Big Thompson canyon showed the flow of water at 31,200 cubic feet per second at its peak. Think about that, 31,200 cubic feet per second.

The monstrous flood took 143 lives and injured 150 people. Some bodies were carried away as far as 25 miles. Some bodies were never recovered. One man who left the area that morning was presumed a victim until located decades later, living in Oklahoma. The flood caused $35 million in damage, destroying 418 homes and 52 businesses, 438 vehicles, bridges, roads, the highway and power and telephone lines.

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