STP 07-31-2016: Deeper Moisture Nudged in from the West

Issue Date: Sunday, July 31st, 2016
Issue Time: 9:00 AM MDT


As the high pressure aloft shifted to the east, deeper moisture was allowed to enter the state from the west. The increase in moisture fueled an increase in thunderstorms across the High Country and Western Slope, especially over the higher terrain across southwestern Colorado. Heavy rain and 0.50 inch diameter hail was reported 5 miles E of Norwood (San Miguel County). Additionally, 0.50 inch diameter hail was reported 3 miles WNW of Breen (La Plata County), where moderate rain also lasted long enough to just wet the ground. Scattered showers and weak thunderstorms continued overnight across portions of the Grand Valley, Southwest Slope, and San Juan Mountains. A few are still ongoing for those regions, and an additional wave has brought showers to the Northwest Slope this morning.

A few isolated-to-scattered thunderstorms rumbled over eastern Colorado, but much less in numbers and intensity than previous days. For these regions, the most active were the Raton Ridge and Southeast Plains, where a couple of stronger thunderstorms tapped into deeper moisture to produce hail and heavy rain. 2.40 inches of rain and 0.88 inch diameter hail was reported 10 miles SSW of Kim (Las Animas County).

No flash flooding was reported. For a closer look at rainfall totals in your area, please see the STP map below for a look at 24-hour precipitation totals.

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