The last week of meteorological summer is upon us. This summer has been very hot, much hotter than normal. Unfortunately, it has also been abnormally dry with only short spells widely scattered thunderstorms. Strong monsoonal moisture surges have struggled to make it to the Northern half of the state. Luckily, the past week has been cooler with temps in the upper 80s or lower 90s in the valleys rather than the triple digits that dominated late July.
The good news is the relatively cool weather will continue with 80s in the valleys and 70s in the mountains. Nights are getting longer and noticeably cooler as well. Leaves are even starting to change ever so slightly at elevation. I’ve started monitoring long-range synoptic patterns to see if I can spot any significant changes in our weather. So far, there’s not too much showing up. A cold front did pass through the northern Rockies a few days ago, which brought dustings of snow to the mountains of Montana and Wyoming. I do see the Northern Jet starting to get a bit more active, but that’s still far to our north and I wouldn’t expect that to dip into our region in the near future.
At this point, we’re back to more manageable and pleasant (in my opinion) temperatures. while there’s nothing concrete in the forecast just yet, the typical signs of Fall are showing up and I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point in the next few weeks we saw a cold front swing through that could give us our first high elevation chance for snow.
Hang tight, enjoy those warm weather activities while you still can because ski/snowboard season will be here soon. If you’re like me, then you can expect the best time of the year for mountain biking during September and October.