Aug 8, 2014 9:05 AM by Stephen Bowers
The overall dry pattern that was interrupted yesterday with some afternoon thunderstorms will resume today. That said the humidity is still high enough to support an isolated thunderstorm this afternoon. Most favored for that isolated thunderstorm will be higher elevations from northern El Paso County westward to Teller County.
Humidity near the ground is still high, but the air aloft is not very humid at all. A cold front yesterday helped to fire off the thunderstorms. Today we will rely on terrain-induced wind patterns to trigger that isolated thunderstorm since the cold front has moved away.
High temperatures today will be in the 80's and 90's. By noon temperatures will warm through the 70's under a mainly sunny sky with just a few fair-weather cumulus clouds. Most of us will reach into the lower and middle 80's and near 90 along the Arkansas River Valley between 2 PM and 5 PM with just an isolated thunderstorm or two in high elevations. Most of us will stay dry today.
Tomorrow will not be much different with warm temperatures and isolated afternoon thunderstorms. Monsoonal moisture surges back into the area on Sunday and, when combined with a strengthening upslope breeze, will mean more widespread showers and thunderstorms and cooler temperatures. That pattern lasts into Monday and Tuesday before we dry on Wednesday ahead of a cold front. That cold front moves through by Wednesday night, and the soggy upslope breeze could return for Thursday.