Currently in Denver - August 19, 2022

The weather, currently.

Low 80s and small chance of pm thunderstorms for Friday, August 19th. 

Well, it looks like the rain did something this week. As promised, we have new information on the drought conditions in the state. In the maps below you can see Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert counties were downgraded in drought category from severe drought (dark orange) to moderate drought (light orange). That's pretty huge for the Denver area! Considering Aurora saw more than 4 inches of rain and Broomfield saw more than 3.5 inches, I would hope it did something to our parched land.  

Drought Monitor for the week of August 11th. Severe drought (dark orange) reported for parts of Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert counties. 
Drought Monitor for week of August 18th. Severe drought (dark orange) retreats from Douglas, Arapahoe and Elbert counties. Areas once in severe drought are now considered in moderate drought (light orange). 

As for rain for the next 3 days, sadly, new model data indicates we have a decreased chance of rain Friday through Sunday. Here's how I think the weekend is going to play out:

1) Friday: 20% chance of rain in the afternoon and evening. Highs in the low 80s. Best place to have rain will be Jefferson county and Douglas county.

2) Saturday: I give this a 20% chance. High 70s in the afternoon.

3) Sunday: Also 20% chance of pm rain. Highs in the low 80s.

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

Pets, according to a new study in PLOS Climate, are often overlooked victims in natural disasters. Researchers looked at data from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Shelter Animals Count (SAC) and found that the number of dogs and cats in shelters was still significantly higher up to a year after a major natural disaster, like hurricanes and wildfires.

Failure to account for pets in emergency management plans may endanger humans as well. According to the study, during Hurricane Irene pet owners evacuated at a lower rate than those who did not own pets — of pet owners who didn’t evacuate, 51 percent said they were unable to find adequate shelter for their pets.