AUGUST 24TH FORECAST

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The mid level high has relocated to the four corners region.  This allowed for moisture from the Mexican Plateau and the remnants of Tropical Storm Genevieve to move northward.  Smokey conditions are expected to persist from the morning hours into the afternoon again.  The wind will begin to shift to be coming from the south which will help blow some of this smoke out of the area, but due northerly winds in the nighttime hours and the influx of smoke from the California wildfires it is unlikely for the smoke to completely clear out.  In addition to the high relocating an upper level trough in the Pacific Northwest will move Eastward and assist with moving moist air towards us.  Scattered thunderstorms are likely to bring in gusty winds and lightning.  Rain isn’t entirely out of the question especially at the higher elevations, but it is much more likely that these storms will be relatively dry tomorrow.  Our high temperatures today will be hot with upper 90s in the valley.  Rain chances will be rising throughout the week and our high temperatures will cool off accordingly.  Our lows will remain similar to what they have been for the past few weeks.  Current rainfall deficit is 2.66 inches for Grand Junction and -4.22 inches for Montrose.

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