Meteorological Autumn begins today (September 1). Summer is over and boy oh boy was it a hot one! Nearly a record, in fact — only 2013 was hotter. This summer was also dry for northern Utah, with very few monsoonal moisture surges. What moisture we did see was meager and short-lived. In short, it was a tortuous summer, even my normal high elevation escapes were uncomfortably hot and the bike trails stayed dusty.
The good news is that we’ll have a chance for thunderstorms today, although temperatures will remain above average with highs in the low 90s in the valley. A cold front will bring a significant cooldown as we head into the weekend, with temperatures in the valleys dropping into the 70s with 50s in the high elevations by Labor Day. If you’re out for Labor Day weekend outdoor festivities, might want to have a light jacket handy, especially after sunset.
Temperatures should rebound by the middle of next week but overall, we are well beyond the hottest days of summer and cooler weather should be the norm from now on. Low pressure systems have been occasionally moving into the PNW and traversing the northern Rockies. Snowfall is likely over the next few days in the high elevations of the Cascades and adjacent interior states. Don’t be surprised to see more photos of snow gracing social media in the coming days. Utah still awaits it’s first widespread high elevation snowfall, but the patterns are clearly changing.
Hopefully soon we’ll have an update with a concrete chance for widespread precipitation and mountain snowfall.