Some forecast scenarios call for some monsoon moisture starting next week
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — An early monsoon season may bring some moisture relief to parched and fire-prone Colorado as soon as next week — but there’s also a chance that smoke from regional wildfires could inhibit the formation of thunderstorms during the summer rainy season.
“Next week may be the peak of fire danger, then there is a hint the monsoon may come early … it’s going to be very interesting to watch,” said Boulder-based NOAA scientist Klaus Wolter, a researcher with the Earth Systems Research Laboratory.
The Rocky Mountain monsoon season usually starts in mid-July and lasts for about a month, with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and subtropical eastern Pacific streaming into the region from the south. (more…)