STP 07-29-2016: Hot and Mostly Dry over the High Country, Strong/Severe Thunderstorms East

Issue Date: Friday, July 29th, 2016
Issue Time: 9:00 AM MDT


The High Country and Western Slope remained mainly dry yesterday as the atmosphere could only an isolated shower/weak thunderstorm or two. Virga was noted under a few showers/thunderstorms; very little rain, if any, reached the surface, as gusty winds were the main result. Due to nearby shower/thunderstorm activity, an outflow wind gust of 39 mph was recorded at the Grand Junction Airport, and a gust of 47 mph was recorded at the La Plata County Airport.

The big weather story of the day were the isolated-to-scattered strong/severe thunderstorms that rumbled across portions of the Urban Corridor, Front Range, Palmer Ridge, Southeast Plains, and Northeast Plains. Heavy rain caused standing water on roadways in Limon, flooded roads in Security-Widefield (where a water rescue was needed), street flooding 2 miles NW of Peterson AFB, and likely caused street/field flooding/ponding underneath the majority of strong/severe thunderstorms due to a combination of heavy rain and hail. The largest reported hail stones were 2.5 inches in diameter: 2 miles S of Peterson AFB (El Paso County), 4 miles WSW of Falcon (El Paso County).

For a complete look at 24-hour precipitation totals, please take a look at the Storm Total Precipitation map below. Keep in mind that hail contamination has likely inflated rainfall totals as estimated by the radar.

Storm Total Precip Legend