A little rain must fall: Despite soggy June, Grand County rainfall totals not that high | SkyHiNews.com

A little rain must fall: Despite soggy June, Grand County rainfall totals not that high

Ariadyn Hansen
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, Colorado
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Tallie Gray is ready for a sunny day without the rain.

Gray is opening The Sun Piper ice cream shop in Granby a week from today and said the weather could affect her first day of business.

“I’m hoping for really nice weather when I open,” she said.

Gray is not the only community member who feels this way. Nancy Archuleta of Granby said the rain has ruined some of her plans during the last week.

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“I’m ready for it to be over with,” Archuleta said. “I’m ready for nice weather.”

Grand County residents are sick of the rain, but according to the National Weather Service, it really hasn’t rained that much.

The agency reported parts of Grand County received only 1.37 inches of rain in the past two weeks.

And it’s almost over.

National Weather Service Forecaster Mike Baker said the weekend forecast shows a slight chance of rain, but the system will be moving out by Sunday.

Baker said next week should dry out and warm up until the later part of the week, when Grand County could see another system come through with the rain pattern returning.

Loving the rain

Unlike Gray and Archuleta, Kirk Klancke sees the rain as a blessing in disguise.

“The river is healthier than it has been in years,” Klancke said.

Klancke, manager of Winter Park water and sanitation district, said the rain and snowmelt are beneficial to the river’s natural flow with a huge flush of the stream.

The flush of the stream moves out sediment and algae, leaving the river with a gravelly streambed, Klancke said, which is the ideal environment for bugs and plants, the food of other aquatic life.

Klancke said that often, instead of melting, snow just evaporates back into the clouds. But this summer it hasn’t been that way.

“We have had a high percentage of snow melt,” Klancke said. “The river is getting huge.”

And there is more good news for Grand County.

The Front Range has been getting most of the rain, Klancke said, which means they won’t be turning to Grand County quite as much to fill their reservoirs this summer.

Fire danger – low

Arapaho National Forest public affairs specialist Tammy Williams said the fire danger is low in Grand County thanks to all the moisture and rain. Without the rain, Williams said the fire danger would be normal to average, and heightened because of the growing amount of dead trees.

“Without all the rain, there is a fire danger,” Klancke said. “Trees would burn and wash down into the rivers and reservoirs, completely destroying them as a water source.”

Let it rain, he said.

– Ariadyn can be reached at 970 887-3334 ext 19605 or by e-mail at ahansen@skyhidailynews.com

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