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Garfield County enjoys (or not) near-record temperatures

Ryan Graff

Garfield County missed setting new high temperature records by just hairs over the weekend. With 52 degree highs both Saturday and Sunday at the Garfield County Airport, the county missed records by just one and two degrees, respectively, said Dan Zumpfe, an intern meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The high temperatures for Colorado came as much of the East Coast was buried beneath blizzards over the weekend, which is a fairly common phenomenon, said Zumpfe. “They’ll go through a trough and we’re high and dry,” he said. High and dry was just fine with Josh Edstedt, 17, of Glenwood Springs. “It’s been nice,” he said. “I’ve been skateboarding since we can now – the sidewalks aren’t too wet.”Edstedt should have a few more days of good skateboarding before the weather turns south. “The (warm weather) ridge that we’ve got over us is going to keep developing over the next several days,” said Zumpfe. Lower temperatures should return by Wednesday, and precipitation looks more likely in the seven-day forecast, he said. Of course, whether the weekend’s weather was nice or not was a matter of perspective. Lemuel Long, 15, and Josh Hollenbeck, 14, both of Rifle spent Sunday snowboarding at Sunlight Mountain Resort. “It was pretty warm,” they said. “I saw this dude in his shorts,” said Long. “Another friend of mine was in a T-shirt.”Which is OK, they said, if you are looking for a suntan, but not if you want to snowboard. “It’s nice,” said Long, “but we’d rather have powder.”Contact Ryan Graff: 945-8515, ext. 520rgraff@postindependent.com


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