SPM 06-12-2018: Cooler High Temperatures Bring Relief from Weekend Heat

Issue Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Issue Time: 10:20AM MDT


A cold front that moved through the state on Sunday night helped bring some relief from the heat on Monday. High temperatures were quite a bit lower over the eastern plains (10-15F) with most other locations seeing a decrease in high temperatures closer to 5F. Unfortunately, the dry streak continues with no precipitation anywhere in the state on Monday.

The 416 fire continues to burn in the San Juan National Forest and has now scorched 23,378 acres as of this morning. Containment remains at 15 percent and thankfully winds died down over the area yesterday. The forecast still looks on track for some subtropical moisture arriving this Thursday to the San Juan Mountains. Hopefully these will be more wetting rains rather than storms that produce gusty winds and lightning that could potentially start another fire. The bigger northward push of the subtropical moisture is forecast for this weekend. There will be a much better chance of these rains producing meaningful moisture and providing some relief to the area. This is still quite far out, so the details can change quite a bit. Tune back to the FTO on Thursday for the evolving details of this potentially beneficial rainfall event.

If you’re interested in the rain that has fallen over the last 72-hours, 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.