Currently in Denver - August 24th, 2022

The weather, currently.

Upper 80s and sunshine for Wednesday, August 24th. 

You know, it has been really nice out this week. It's all thanks to a dry air mass that has intruded into our state. That air mass has kept the rain away and our temperatures have not climbed too much. That dry air mass has one more day to keep us wet weather free for Wednesday until more moisture comes in from the West and we see wet weather for Thursday. Get as many moments outdoors while you can before it gets soggy again for the end of this work week.

Here's what you need to know about your Wednesday:

1) Cool morning in the 60s. Afternoon high temperatures in the upper 80s.

2) Sunny!

3) Moisture comes back for Thursday. Don't count the rain out just yet!

Megan Montero

What you need to know, currently.

The 2022 Atlantic season is off to its slowest start in 30 years.

Two recent Gulf tropical disturbances failed to become depressions or storms, but activity is expected to rise in the next few weeks. Right now, that leaves us with three named storms: Alex, Bonnie and Collin. Colorado State University tropical scientist Phil Klotzbach stated that this was the first time in 40 years that no named storms formed between July 3rd and August 22nd in the Atlantic Basin.

So why is this happening? First, there is Saharan dust present in the main development region of the tropics.

“The persistent dust is a problem because it smothers any developing thunderstorms in the Atlantic that have any potential of becoming a tropical storm,” said Megan Montero, Currently’s Interim Chief Meteorologist.

In short, the strong low latitude wind in combination with sinking air hinders storm formation. There are also high winds across the Atlantic basin. And, the high pressure system that’s usually found over Bermuda at this time is farther north, resulting in heat waves and intense droughts that cause even more dry air.

While there’s no known correlation between a slower hurricane season start and intensity nor how the rest of it goes down, Klotzbach points out that 90 percent of all Category 3 or stronger Atlantic Basin hurricanes happened after August 20th. Also, the peak of the season usually occurs around September 10th.

“Do not count the season out yet,” said Montero. “There are still several atmospheric and oceanic conditions that favor an active hurricane season.”

For example, we’re in a La Nina year, which tend to see more Atlantic hurricane activity. There are also weaker tropical Atlantic trade winds, an active African Monsoon and higher sea surface temperatures.

In the meantime, it’s important to stay prepared!

—Aarohi Sheth