By Chris Spears
DENVER (CBS4) – After several days of hot, dry weather we’re starting to see signs of the annual monsoon moving into Colorado, which is simply a seasonal shift in the wind pattern.READ MORE: COVID Restrictions In Colorado: Custer County Commissioners Vote To Drop All Restrictions, Open Up 100%
The reason we associate a monsoon with wet weather is because that wind shift brings increased levels of moisture into the state which helps to fuel afternoon showers and thunderstorms that produce locally heavy rain.
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Because upper-level winds are weak over Colorado in the mid-summer thunderstorms tend to move slowly, and can drop extremely heavy amounts of rain over a short period of time.
We’ve already seen a few storms create localized flash flooding and that threat will be on the rise over the next few days.MORE NEWS: COVID In Colorado: Hudson Gardens Cancels Their 2021 Concert Series
Meteorologist Chris Spears travels weekly in the CBS4 Mobile Weather Lab reporting about Colorado’s weather and climate. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.