STP 05-27-2015: How Many Different Ways Can One Say “Scattered Showers and Thunderstorms?”

Issue Date: Wednesday, May 27th, 2015
Issue Time: 9:00 AM MDT

Summary:

FLOOD WARNINGS CONTINUE FOR PORTIONS OF THE CACHE LA POUDRE, SOUTH PLATTE, AND ARKANSAS RIVERS.

Weak ridging moved overhead yesterday and led to a slight downtick in the number of showers and thunderstorms across the state. However, an embedded weak disturbance still provided a trigger mechanism for scattered storms to develop. Moisture on Tuesday was up a bit from Monday, so a few storms produced heavier rain. A local storm report from 4 miles NNE of Colorado Springs observed 0.5 inches of rainfall in 10 minutes, equal to a 1-hour rain rate of 3 inches/hour! Storm motions kept flash flooding from being realized, so that is a positive note. Rainfall totals from CoCoRaHS observers show that most locations that received rain reported less than 0.25 inches, but the big winners were:

El Paso County: 0.63 inches
Elbert County: 0.61 inches
Otero County: 0.59 inches
Park County: 0.59 inches
Douglas County: 0.56 inches
Kiowa County: 0.50 inches

No flash flooding was reported yesterday. Be sure to check out the radar-estimated rainfall map below.

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