Safety During Monsoon Season

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - As grand as our valley is - one downside can be found in the summertime, this being monsoon season.

"Usually sometime in July, That's when we see the effects start coming in. It can last through August and sometimes into September as well," said Michael Charnick, Employee at the National Weather Service.

During this time, it's important for residents to remain cautious when traveling outdoors. Especially in high elevations.

"Lightening and flash flooding are the number one killers in Colorado, so we like to emphasize those points and make sure people are aware of that," said Charnick.

As conditions may come and go, Weather Service Officials say outdoor activities should be avoided during certain times of the day.

"Usually its an afternoon thing, so you'll see thunderstorms develop. They can produce lightning, thunderstorms, and occasionally some flash flooding," said Charnick.

"It's hard because we all want to be outside in the summer, but it's not a great time because the trails are super wet," said Jolynn Kelly, Sales Associate at Brown Cycles.

Thankfully, for those who love the great outdoors, it wont last forever.

"It's only going to be monsoon season for a little so hang in there," said Kelly.

 

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