Winds pushing the monsoons into the Western Slope were coming from an unusual direction: the East. Here’s some charts from Jay RAWS to illustrate. I referred these to James Pringle, Warning Coordination Meteorologist of the National Weather Service, who replied: “you are correct about the rarity of easterly flow during the monsoon season, though I have seen occur before during a few other monsoon seasons within the past 18 years that I have been in western Colorado.”
I saw a mink today poking his head out of our irrigation pond overflow pipe. We see one about 1x/summer, usually in the irrigation ditch. I've been wondering if it (or them) would still be around after the ditch was piped. I hope he's eating the bull frog that has moved into the pond.
8/1/13: Thimble berries are ripe and yummy up Steven's Gulch. Saw one large (~5.5-6" diameter) mushroom unknown type.
The monsoons came thru for us in a big way last month.
@MeganHines, apples are early this summer in Wisconsin!
Awesome rain showers this past weekend and the leaves are beginning to change colors.