SPM 09-13-2018: Critical Fire Weather for Western and North-Central CO with more Impressive Gusts at Douglas Pass ASOS

Issue Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:00 AM MDT

Summary:

Another beautiful and hot day yesterday with temperatures feeling more like mid-summer values than almost-fall temperatures. Enough dry air moved into the state from the desert southwest that only a few clouds were present across the state. High winds mixed down to the surface over the northwest corner of the state and the north-central mountains. Paired with low relative humidity values, a Red Flag Warning was in place. The Douglas Pass ASOS recorded a gust of 67 mph on Wednesday with another ASOS station in Moffat Country recording at 45 mph gust. During the afternoon, a fire was reported in Larimer County near Poudre Park – Seaman Fire. Currently the fire is active with 100-200 acres having already burned. A small grass fire in northeastern Colorado near the Pony Express State Wildlife area was also reported. Thankfully, this fire was quickly put out this morning and burned less than 10 acres. Still not out of the woods yet as critical and enhanced fire weather is anticipated be in-place through the start of next week. As expected, no rainfall on Wednesday except for a few sprinkles over Baca County estimated by radar.

To see how much precipitation fell over your neighborhood the last 72-hours, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below.

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The map below shows radar-estimated, rainfall gage-adjusted Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) across Colorado. The map is updated daily during the operational season (May 1 – Sep 30) by 11AM. The following six layers are currently available: 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation, as well as maximum 1-hour, 2-hour and 6-hour precipitation over the past 24 hour period (to estimate where flash flooding may have occurred). The 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation contain bias corrections that are not disaggregated into the hourly estimates, so there will likely be some differences. The accumulation ending time is 7AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.

SPM 09-12-2018: Strong Winds Aloft Mix to the Surface Producing Impressive Gusts Over Northwest Colorado

Issue Date: Wednesday, September 12th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:25 AM MDT

Summary:

Beautiful day on Tuesday with a few broken high temperature records. A passing shortwave increased cloud cover over the northeast portion of the state and eastern high terrains in the afternoon hours. Not much rainfall to be had with these storms as drier air moved into the region from the southwest. The highest totals for the day were over the Northeast Plains/Palmer Ridge area. Radar rainfall estimations indicate just under 0.5 inches fell over this area. Over the northwest corner of the state critical fire weather returned. Most surface winds were in the 15-25 mph range, and there were some impressive gusts recorded. A Meeker ASOS recorded a gust of 45 mph and the Douglas Pass ASOS recorded a 53mph gust. Thankfully, no new fires were reported on day 1 of 3 with critical fire conditions.

To see how much precipitation fell over your neighborhood the last 72-hours, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below.

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The map below shows radar-estimated, rainfall gage-adjusted Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) across Colorado. The map is updated daily during the operational season (May 1 – Sep 30) by 11AM. The following six layers are currently available: 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation, as well as maximum 1-hour, 2-hour and 6-hour precipitation over the past 24 hour period (to estimate where flash flooding may have occurred). The 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation contain bias corrections that are not disaggregated into the hourly estimates, so there will likely be some differences. The accumulation ending time is 7AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.

SPM 09-11-2018: More Sunshine and Isolated Afternoon Showers

Issue Date: Tuesday, September 11th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:34 AM MDT

Summary:

More sunshine and above average temperatures for Colorado on Monday. With drier air being entrained from the west the last couple of days, storms became more isolated in nature yesterday. Light showers were present in the afternoon hours over the Southeast Mountains and San Juan Mountains with more cloud cover over the Front Range. The highest mountain totals were located over Archuleta County where 0.15 inches of rainfall were estimated by radar. An isolated thunderstorm was able to fire along a line of convergence over eastern plains in Lincoln County. It was nearly stationary, so an Areal Flood Advisory was issued though low-level moisture wasn’t too impressive. Radar indicates just over 0.5 inches of rain fell. This same storm, due to the high-base and large temperature/dew point spread produced strong outflow winds. A gust of 62 mph was recorded at the Limon airport at 5:15 PM. Flooding was not reported on Monday.

To see how much precipitation fell over your neighborhood the last 72-hours, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below.

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The map below shows radar-estimated, rainfall gage-adjusted Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) across Colorado. The map is updated daily during the operational season (May 1 – Sep 30) by 11AM. The following six layers are currently available: 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation, as well as maximum 1-hour, 2-hour and 6-hour precipitation over the past 24 hour period (to estimate where flash flooding may have occurred). The 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation contain bias corrections that are not disaggregated into the hourly estimates, so there will likely be some differences. The accumulation ending time is 7AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.

SPM 09-10-2018: Sunny and Warm with Isolated Showers and Thunderstorms

Issue Date: Monday, September 10th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:05 AM MDT

Summary:

Lots of sunshine and comfortable temperatures across the state to round out the weekend. With drier air being entrained from the west, low-level moisture was on the decrease. However, there was enough residual moisture for a few scatters showers and thunderstorms over the higher terrains. A passing shortwave also helped enhance coverage (minimal extent) over the higher terrains south of I-70. Storm totals over the higher terrains yesterday were generally under 0.2 inches though areas near the Continental Divide received just over 0.25 inches. The highest CoCoRaHS station on Sunday was in La Plata County and recorded 0.17 inches. There was also small hail reported with these thunderstorms. There was an isolated storm that was able to form over the Northeast Plains. With better moisture to the east, totals were also able to increase. Max 1-hour radar estimates were around 0.5 inches. As anticipated, flooding was not reported on Sunday.

To see how much precipitation fell over your neighborhood the last 72-hours, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below.

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The map below shows radar-estimated, rainfall gage-adjusted Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) across Colorado. The map is updated daily during the operational season (May 1 – Sep 30) by 11AM. The following six layers are currently available: 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation, as well as maximum 1-hour, 2-hour and 6-hour precipitation over the past 24 hour period (to estimate where flash flooding may have occurred). The 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation contain bias corrections that are not disaggregated into the hourly estimates, so there will likely be some differences. The accumulation ending time is 7AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.