Aug 16, 2014 7:51 PM by Stephen Bowers
Showers and thunderstorms were few and far between Saturday afternoon. The showers and thunderstorms that developed were focused on the far Southeastern Plains and in the high elevations. Even the areas that saw rain weren't all soggy. Things were dry along I-25. Rainfall totals at both the Colorado Springs Airport and the Pueblo Airport have been nada. We managed to warm into the 80's and 90's after starting the day in the 50's.
This evening will be quiet and overall dry aside from those isolated showers I mentioned over the Plains or up in the mountains. Areas up and down the I-25 Corridor likely will stay dry with only a stray shower possible close to Colorado Springs. Anything that develops will fade quickly. Temperatures will still be in the 70's or near 70 even at 10 PM. We will keep things quiet overnight and cool into the upper 50's and lower 60's by sunrise tomorrow. We will warm quickly beneath morning sunshine, and temperatures will max out in the 80's and 90's... So tomorrow will be about as warm as today, perhaps even a degree or two cooler. While we are looking at an overall dry again, isolated pop-up showers cannot be ruled out. Our StormCast hints at a few of them after 2-3 PM, but they are few and far between. By 6 PM what's left of those stray showers will be fading quickly.
I'm watching things out west since our weather usually comes from the west. The big features across the West today are high pressure, which will build into Colorado from the south and help to dry and warm things up Monday through Wednesday. Low pressure off of the West Coast will be slow to move initially before our high pressure loses some steam and starts weakening after Wednesday. The west coast low will begin to slide eastward on Thursday, helping to increase the atmosphere's moisture content and thus the cloud cover. The odds of seeing rain at your house will also increase.
Here it is in the 7 Day Forecast... High temperatures will hold in the mid-80's around Colorado Springs and low-90's around Pueblo tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday. Isolated thunderstorms tomorrow and Monday will become even more scarce beginning Tuesday and continuing into Wednesday and Thursday. There's that cooling and the increase in cloud cover I mentioned for Friday and Saturday. That will come with a few showers and temperatures ease back a bit. In Cañon City expect isolated showers or thunderstorms tomorrow and Monday with drier conditions Tuesday through Thursday. High temperatures will be in the upper 80's and lower 90's throughout the next seven days. The best chance for any rain is close to Woodland Park, and even there it isn't too promising. Highs will be in the 70's through the next week with only isolated afternoon showers or thunderstorms. The chance for rain increases on Friday and Saturday as rain becomes more widespread.