Summer 2018 weather compared to this summer in the Grand Valley
This summer has been a relatively normal one for the Grand Valley, especially when compared to last year.
So far there have been 49 90-degree days in Grand Junction, the average for this point in the year is 48 days. Last summer at this time, Grand Junction had 69 90-degree days. The heat wasn't the only big difference; last summer was a lot drier. By mid-August of 2018, there had been 20 Red Flag Warnings issued for Mesa County. Friday's Red Flag Warning has only been the sixth one issued for the county this year.
"It all has to do with an area of high pressure that always sets up every summer and where it sets up. If it sets up to the east, pretty much over Texas, then we get monsoonal moisture that comes up. Last year, it set up to our west and southwest," says Tom Renwick, Meteorologist for the National Weather Service. "So that high pressure was just on top of us and no moisture came in at all, all summer."
2018 tied with 2012 for the most Red Flag days in Grand Junction since 2006.