SPM 09-15-2018: Late-Summer Heat Continued

Issue Date: Saturday, September 15th, 2018
Issue Time: 9:30 AM MDT


The State Precipitation Map is blank again thanks to another day of hot and dry conditions statewide. The upper-level ridge responsible for it all hasn’t budged much over the last few days, but thankfully winds relaxed a bit yesterday and reduced the areal extent of Red Flag Warnings. The Silver Creek Fire continues to burn in portions of western Grand County and eastern Routt County, with containment at last update around 53%. Looking ahead to today, another day of hot and dry conditions is expected across Colorado, so please use extra caution with any outdoor activities that may produce a spark.

No flash flooding was reported yesterday. For a look at precipitation estimates in your area, please see the State Precipitation Map below.

Click Here For Map Overview

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.