STP 05-30-2017: Scattered Showers And Storms With A Few Heavy Downpours

Issue Date: Tuesday, May 30th, 2017
Issue Time: 10:55AM MDT


A strong late May sun quickly boosted morning temperatures on Memorial Day Monday. As a result, scattered showers and storms erupted along the mountains and foothills east of the Continental Divide before noon. Early storms were not particularly impressive, but as the afternoon wore on, storm updrafts and outflow boundaries combined to form bigger storm complexes. By late afternoon, a few heavy downpours were noted in the Urban Corridor, Palmer Ridge, Southeast Plains and Southeast Mountains. One of the strongest storm cells of the day happened to pass right across a quality controlled USGS rain-gage located in the Pinon Canyon Military Reservation. About 1.5 inches fell over a 3-hour period there, with a few shorter term downbursts in the mix. Other storms moved over the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District’s gauges with up to 0.6 inches falling per 30 minutes.

In addition, a few hail reports, up to penny size, were received with the strongest storms.

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

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