AUM 2008 in the Rockies

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Weather in the Rockies

A rainstorm comes over the mountains An afternoon storm moves over the mountains toward the YMCA of the Rockies. This photo was taken in July; note the snow on the peaks.

The high country of the Rocky Mountains is known for extreme weather patterns, and the weather is unpredictable at the YMCA of the Rockies in early June. Conditions change quickly: there can be sun one minute, sleet the next, and snow the next. The temperature can fall 30 degrees in 20 minutes. Afternoon rainstorms (which can be torrential downpours) are common.

A wide variation between day and nighttime temperatures is also typical of mountain weather. Early summer days may reach into the 60s and drop into the 30s at night. The average high temperature for June is 72°; the average low is 41°. (80° days are also possible.) Come prepared!

Helpful hints

  • Dress in layers
  • Bring warm clothes and rain gear
  • Take a hat, gloves, and extra socks if you go hiking
  • Bring sunscreen
  • Check the 5-day weather forecast before you pack
Rain at the conference center Rain pours off a conference building at the YMCA of the Rockies during an afternoon downpour.
Rain! Mountain rainstorms can be torrential.

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