SPM 09-14-2018: Day 3 of Critical Fire Weather for Western and North-Central Colorado

Issue Date: Friday, September 14th, 2018
Issue Time: 09:15 AM MDT


Above average temperatures once again on Thursday with highs reaching the upper 90Fs over eastern Colorado. Lamar’s high was able to reach 100F! Over western Colorado, highs were in the upper-80Fs to low 90Fs with mountains locations above 70F. To keep this in perspective, these temperatures are 10-15F above average for this time of year. Large Red Flag Warning for western and north-central Colorado yesterday with the upper-level jet sagging southward. Thankfully, no new fires were started and progress continued on the Seaman Fire. It helps that the fire is burning within the 2012 Hewlett Fire burn scar. The flared up Silver Creek Fire continued its expansion and promoted pre-evacuation notices to communities NE of the fire. Unfortunately, enhanced and critical fire weather will continue to promote fire growth over the northwest corner of the state again today. Quite a different weather story when compared to 5 years ago (2013 floods). Please continue to use caution with any activity that could produce a spark.

With dry conditions the last two days, not too much to see on 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.