High points: Summer rain taps my window

It’s no secret that this was one of the beauties of summer.

Randomly people say things like, “It reminds me of the way summer was” and “It looks like the Alps.” They are right on both counts. It was a throwback to the times gone by when we used to approach daily summer showers and hills and meadows as green as those high mountain passes that connect France and Switzerland. Same as it ever was.

Of course, the main reason for the exaggeration was the precipitation. Most afternoons, and even some mornings, we’ve had torrential rains – I mean absolute gully washes – that leave their mark. Some of our steepest trails have been recalibrated with falling rocks and gushing mud thanks to the flowing water. Wet afternoons, with lightning and rumbles of thunder, have made camping in the countryside an adventure this summer. I hope your tents have rain boards. And let’s not forget the wet, wet dogs that get stuck in the rain and dump them in the mud room. Yes, rainy summer has its challenges.



Rain has hit the Aspen Music Festival tents in a big way on more than one occasion so far as well. Even though I wasn’t there, I was told that during a concert on a Friday in July it rained so heavily that the rain hitting the roof of the tent reached 86 decibels. That’s louder than the string section for sure. A mobile phone video of water pouring from the rooftop of Harris Hall that evening sounded positively from the Bible.

And we may be into the same weekend as the monsoons get wet in earnest, bringing us tropical waters from the Gulf of California.



The National Weather Service forecast shows a movement of the front, increasing the chances of widespread thunderstorms in the next few days to about 80% each afternoon. Incredibly, we’ve already weighed in on nearly an inch of rain so far this month, and there are only a few thimbles shy of reaching the 9 inches we should get on average at this time of year. This is after July which saw us get just over 150% of the traditional precipitation for that month.

I say let it rain. I am sure you agree. Regular rain not only keeps the surrounding hillsides lush and green, but it also reduces the chances of major wildfires drastically. We started this summer with natural concerns that this would be a continuation of the dry summer pattern we’ve seen in recent years, with fires ranging from Glenwood Canyon to Basalt. But so far we have survived a big fire. In fact, the biggest concern seems to be the possibility of engulfing the scars of past fires. I know, if it’s not one thing, it’s another, but I’d take just about anything on a brush fire. Just saying ‘.

If you’re new here, this talk about local weather may seem a little self-absorbing. After all, the rest of the nation, even the rest of the world, is battling the effects of climate change, and temperatures have soared to record levels on an almost daily basis. I get it. But for those of us who live in the Roaring Fork Valley, our weather is important to us. And when we get good humidity, whether it’s winter snow or summer rain, it’s something to celebrate.

good on us.

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