SPM 05-14-2018: Hail Producing Thunderstorms Cause Damage to Planes at DIA

Issue Date: Monday, May 14, 2018
Issue Time: 10:30AM MDT


Sunday was another day of cool temperatures and wet weather for the northeast portion of the state. Elsewhere in the lower elevations, it remained quiet dry with pleasant temperatures in the mid-70s and low 80s. Midday clearing and a passing upper level disturbance combined to form several thunderstorms over the Front Range and Palmer Ridge that moved into the Urban Corridor. Another set of storms formed over the Northeast Plains along a line of convergence. With low freezing levels, large hail was reported with the thunderstorms, and the storm just north of Elizabeth produced hail 1.5 inches in diameter. While not the strongest storm, the most impactful storm passed over DIA late last night and produced 0.75 inch hail. This hail caused damage to several planes, which in turn lead to cancellations this morning. Max 1-hour rain rates were estimated at 1 inch with storm totals up to 1.5 inches.

Despite the hail and heavy rainfall, no flooding was reported Sunday. For an estimate of rainfall totals in your area, scroll down to the 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.