SPM 09-16-2018: Broken Record of Heat

Issue Date: Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Issue Time: 9:30 AM MDT


If it feels like you have been reading similar State Precipitation Map discussions for a few days now, that’s because you have. Due to the strong, high pressure ridge still in place across Colorado, the weather yesterday was marked by abundant sunshine and near-record high temperatures. Low relative humidity values and gusty winds brought Red Flag conditions to portions of northwest Colorado again yesterday, promoting ideal conditions for the new “Boone Draw” fire in Moffat County to continue to grow. It is now at 8,079 acres and 5% containment.

No flash flooding was reported yesterday. For a look at precipitation estimates in your area, please see 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.