STP 05-29-2015: Scattered Thunderstorms Rumbled Across Colorado

Issue Date: Friday, May 29th, 2015
Issue Time: 9:00 AM MDT


An upper-level disturbance aided thunderstorm development yesterday, producing scattered thunderstorms statewide. Moisture near the surface was lessened compared to the previous day for most locations, resulting in less heavy rain at the surface and no flash flooding issues. The Northeast Plains, Southeast Plains, and Palmer Ridge retained better low-level moisture, and provided quite the show in the way of severe thunderstorms. The following are severe storm reports from the National Weather Service:

1.5 inch hail: NNW of Iliff (Logan County), Walsh (Baca County)
1.0 inch hail: 1 mile N of Elizabeth (Elbert County), 6 miles E of Denver (Arapahoe County)
Tornado: 15 miles S of Vilas (Baca County), 6 miles S Kim (Las Animas County)
Funnel Cloud: 8 miles SE of Kim (Las Animas County)

As far as rainfall totals are concerned, most locations received less than 0.25 inches of rainfall. CoCoRaHS observations from the following counties are yesterday’s “big winners:”

Las Animas: 1.68 inches
Baca: 0.78 inches
Yuma: 0.77 inches
Kit Carson: 0.60 inches
Cheyenne: 0.55 inches

No flash flooding was reported.