July 8, 2012--After long dry spell, monsoon season arrives (Telluride Daily Planet)

Afternoon showers were a welcome sight this week on the heels of a long, hot dry spell that brought drought conditions to San Miguel County this summer. July until roughly August is known as the monsoon season in the San Juan mountains, and with it comes rain. Fears this summer were that an arid monsoon season could further increase the reality of wildfires. However, predictions from the National Weather Service in Boulder, thus far, show the coming monsoon activity could be above average. “It’s actually supposed to be kind of above normal for the monsoon season,” NOAA meteorologist Jim Kalina said. “They are predicting above normal precipitation for the southwest for the next three months. So the anticipation is that the monsoon is going to be a little bit more active than a normal year.”

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