SPM 09-16-2017: Strongest Thunderstorms Kicked Off Behind the Cold Front

Issue Date: Saturday, September 16, 2017
Issue Time: 10:20 AM MDT


The upper-level low that was responsible for the unsettled day on Thursday continued to produce showers and thunderstorms yesterday, mainly across the western half of the state. Rain rates were generally light-to-moderate, with the heaviest report being 0.36 inches of rain in 20 minutes in Orchard Mesa. Additionally, light snow fell on the higher peaks. During the nighttime hours, a few showers continued across the western slope, but the main show was along/east of the Front Range as a cold front pushed southward through the area. Behind the cold front, moisture and upslope flow increased, kicking off a couple stronger thunderstorms that rumbled across the Front Range, Urban Corridor, and Northeast Plains.

Only two storm reports were submitted to the National Weather Service yesterday:
0.75 inch hail: 2 miles N of Firestone (Weld County), Orchard Mesa (Mesa County)

Flash flooding was not reported on Friday. For a look at precipitation estimates in your area, please see our State Precipitation Map below.

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The map below shows radar-estimated, rainfall gage-adjusted Quantitative Precipitation Estimates (QPE) across Colorado. The map is updated daily during the operational season (May 1 – Sep 30) by 11AM. The following six layers are currently available: 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation, as well as maximum 1-hour, 2-hour and 6-hour precipitation over the past 24 hour period (to estimate where flash flooding may have occurred). The accumulation ending time is 6AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas since 2012. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.

Note: We have identified a possible underestimation in QPE over the southwest part of the state. We are working to on this issue, and will provide an update as soon as possible.