Blowtorch 2016 Continues: Temperature Records Fall Along Front Range

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A very strong down slope event along the front range caused strong winds, high temperatures and very low humidity today. These events are not entirely uncommon, especially for this time of year. I even mentioned in my last post that we had a stretch of weather just like this almost exactly a year ago.

Today many temperature records were tied or broken and strong winds blew cars around all day, exacerbated fires that started and even caused some damage in areas.

Temperature Records

Here’s a few notable temperature records around the area today:

  • Aurora Colorado: 66.0  <Tied Record>
  • Broomfield Colorado 66.2 <Broke Record, previously 66.0>
  • Castle Rock: 68.0 <Broke Record, previously 67.0>
  • Denver Colorado: 73.0 <Broke Record, previously 71.0>

With this pattern in place a few more days, I would not be surprised to see more records tied or broken through at least Saturday. Some areas in and around Denver actually approached 80 degrees!

 

Strong Wind Gusts

Not only were the temperatures the weather story of the day, winds were whipping up and down the front range. Check out some of these wind gusts recorded by the National Weather Service today:

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Weather Pattern Remains in Place

The system responsible for creating our windy conditions will begin to move East away from Colorado. The high pressure system will remain over the area for a little longer, meaning warm and dry conditions will continue through the weekend. I’ve explained how this pattern keeps us very warm and dry before and it looks to persist for a little while longer.

The high pressure ridge looks to break down int o Sunday as a storm system and associated cold front makes its way through the area. This means expect much cooler temperatures on Sunday and even a small chance of rain or snow into Monday. We’ll have some details on that storm system out sometime this weekend, but at this time it looks very minor.

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Expect calmer winds on Friday but breezy conditions will remain. Temperatures will be pleasantly warm.

Stay tuned for the weekend outlook on Friday and a preview of our minor storm system early next week!

 

John R. Braddock
Storm Chaser/ Amateur Meteorologist at Mountain Wave Weather

John R. Braddock is a NOAA/NWS Certified Storm Chaser and Amateur Meteorologist living in Castle Rock, Colorado. A graduate of Colorado State University with a Bachelor’s in Computer Science and a Colorado native, he specializes in short range forecasting, severe weather and mountain weather dynamics.


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