SPM 09-13-2018: Critical Fire Weather for Western and North-Central CO with more Impressive Gusts at Douglas Pass ASOS

Issue Date: Thursday, September 13th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:00 AM MDT


Another beautiful and hot day yesterday with temperatures feeling more like mid-summer values than almost-fall temperatures. Enough dry air moved into the state from the desert southwest that only a few clouds were present across the state. High winds mixed down to the surface over the northwest corner of the state and the north-central mountains. Paired with low relative humidity values, a Red Flag Warning was in place. The Douglas Pass ASOS recorded a gust of 67 mph on Wednesday with another ASOS station in Moffat Country recording at 45 mph gust. During the afternoon, a fire was reported in Larimer County near Poudre Park – Seaman Fire. Currently the fire is active with 100-200 acres having already burned. A small grass fire in northeastern Colorado near the Pony Express State Wildlife area was also reported. Thankfully, this fire was quickly put out this morning and burned less than 10 acres. Still not out of the woods yet as critical and enhanced fire weather is anticipated be in-place through the start of next week. As expected, no rainfall on Wednesday except for a few sprinkles over Baca County estimated by radar.

To see how much precipitation fell over your neighborhood 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 24-hour, 48-hour and 72-hour total precipitation contain bias corrections that are not disaggregated into the hourly estimates, so there will likely be some differences. The accumulation ending time is 7AM of the date shown in the bottom right corner. Also shown optionally are fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.