Forecasters expect delayed monsoon for southwest Colorado
DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — Forecasters say the monsoon in southwest Colorado could arrive later and be drier than average this summer.
The Durango Herald reported Thursday the monsoon typically arrives by mid-July, but weather patterns in the central U.S. indicate it might be delayed this year.
The monsoon is a period during the summer when thunderstorms are common in the afternoon.
National Weather Service meteorologist Chris Sanders says troughing is developing in the area where they usually expect a ridge of high pressure to move moisture.
He says troughing can cause drier air and shuts off moisture that produces storms in southwest Colorado.
The area could see above-average temperatures later this month as a result.
Information from: Durango Herald, http://www.durangoherald.com