Tuesday, June 19, 2012
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Steamboat Springs Steamboat Springs will flirt with record-high temperatures in the coming days that could exceed 90 degrees.
According to the National Weather Service in Grand Junction, Steamboat’s high temperature Wednesday will be 80 degrees, and then things will start to sizzle with a high of 91 degrees Thursday.
At the same time, the Yampa River flow is expected to drop below 85 cubic feet per second at any time. Once the river falls below that threshold, it essentially closes to recreation to protect wildlife and the river’s habitat. The river was flowing at 91 cfs Tuesday afternoon, which is well below its historic average of 1,620 cfs. The lowest recorded reading for June 19 was 77 cfs set in 1934.
Local river outfitters have been hoping for rain to keep the river flowing above the 85 cfs threshold, but there is no rain in the immediate forecast.
“We’re looking at a very slight chance Saturday,” National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Cuoco said.
Sunday through next Wednesday, there is between a 15 to 30 percent chance of isolated thunderstorms.
Steamboat’s best chance for breaking high temperature records are Thursday and Saturday. The forecast high for Thursday is 91 degrees, which would tie the record. On Saturday, the temperature is expected to reach 92 degrees, which would break the record of 91 degrees set in 2001.
The fire danger remains very high for the region, with most of Routt County experiencing extreme drought conditions. A red flag warning was in place Monday and Tuesday for all of western Colorado to alert people to the high fire danger caused by high temperatures, low humidity and dry fuels. The warning could return as temperatures reach back into the 90s.
“We’ll take a look a look at it and see if it’s going to be hot and windy,” Cuoco said.
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