SPM 05-12-2019: Scattered Showers Dotted the State

Issue Date: Sunday, May 12th, 2019
Issue Time: 9:10 AM MDT


A cold front from the north brought just enough forcing to eastern Colorado for the development of scattered showers and a couple thunderstorms yesterday. Moisture was limited, so the main impacts were gusty winds and light rainfall as the activity drifted southward with time. The heaviest rain, relatively speaking, fell over the Palmer Ridge and Southeast Plains thanks to slightly better moisture and instability. West of the Divide, scattered showers dotted the higher terrain as sunshine played on residual moisture from Friday’s precipitation. Rainfall was generally light, as moisture remained below average for this time of year. The heaviest precipitation, relatively speaking, fell over the San Juan Mountains where slightly better moisture was in place.

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 vulnerable fire burn areas (post 2012), which are updated throughout the season to include new, vulnerable burn areas. The home button in the top left corner resets the map to the original zoom.