Sunny weather predicted for Memorial Day Weekend in Grand Junction |

Sunny weather predicted for Memorial Day Weekend in Grand Junction

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Jeff Stoddart |

It’s time to dust off your backyard barbecue and crack a beer, because experts predict Memorial Day weekend weather to be simply glorious.

“We’re trending toward warm and dry, with weather in the mid- to high 80s,” said Paul Fribie, a meteorologist with Grand Junction’s National Weather Service branch.

Clear, sunny weather is sure to be a treat for folks watching the 2013 Junior College World Series Saturday, May 25, through Saturday, June 1, at Suplizio Field in Grand Junction. In years past, rain and wind have plagued the opening games at the JUCO tournament, which traditionally starts over Memorial Day weekend.

Baseball isn’t the only fun activity available to Grand Valley residents hoping to cut loose with extra time off.

“This weekend is the perfect opportunity for a ‘staycation’ for locals,” said Mistalynn Meyeraan, the Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau’s spokeswoman. “The weather can’t be beat anywhere in the state and all attractions are open for business. With the recent rain, the trails should be in great shape, the river is running for rafting adventures and so much more could be on a three-day Grand Valley itinerary!”


The overall trend heading into June is also hotter with less precipitation, Fribie confirmed, though temperatures in 2013 are still cooler than last year.

“June 2012 was very much above average,” he said. “This year, we’re average or below average.”

Fribie credits a pattern of strong cold fronts as the reason spring on the Western Slope has been a bit subdued.

“Right now, we’re running slightly above average in precipitation,” he added, but that’s soon to change.

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