SPM 06-11-2018: Hot, Dry Streak Continues with Gusty Winds Fueling Fires

Issue Date: Monday, June 11, 2018
Issue Time: 09:30AM MDT


Another hot, dry day for Colorado on Sunday. Temperatures over the eastern plains reached or were close to 100F with the highest temperature reading at Lamar (104F). Western Colorado NWS and RAWS sites recorded temperatures in the 80F to 90F range with Grand Junction reaching 94F. Yesterday, the Pacific trough moved into the Great Basin, which increased wind speeds and fanned the fires across the state. The 416 fire was able to double in size this weekend due to critical fire conditions. Most gusts over western Colorado were in the 30-40 mph range. The image below shows the RAWS max wind gusts from yesterday. Unfortunately, there was no measurable precipitation on Sunday even with the passage of a cold front last night. There were a few rain drops over the Baca County, but not enough to register on today’s State Precipitation Map. For rainfall estimates over 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.