STP 05-28-2017: Showers And Storms Dotted The State On Saturday

Issue Date: Sunday, May 28th, 2017
Issue Time: 9:45AM MDT


Although more stable air settled into most of Colorado on Saturday, showers were still common as a strong disturbance traversed the state. For the most part, 24-hour rainfall accumulations of 0.25 – 0.5 inches were common, mainly east of the Continental Divide. For many, the rainfall occurred with well below normal temperatures, making us forget that June is almost here.

Instability and the potential for heavy rainfall was limited to southeast Colorado, where a lee-side circulation developed and helped advect the necessary moisture. Several rounds of showers and storms moved across the Palmer Ridge, Southeast Plains and Raton Ridge, causing isolated heavy rainfall as well as hail. The most impressive rainfall totals appear to be in Huerfano and Baca Counties where a few locations likely saw over 1.5 inches (highest rain gauge reading was 1.25 inches). Hail of 1.75 inch diameter was reported as a severe thunderstorm (that even briefly carried a tornado warning) developed over Otero County and then trekked southeastward.

For precipitation estimates in your area, check out our Precipitation Map below. Flooding was not reported on Saturday.

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