SPM 05-16-2019: A Handful of Eastern Colorado Towns Hit 90°F with Hot, Spring Temperatures Statewide

Issue Date: Thursday, May 16th, 2019
Issue Time: 9:10AM MDT


Another day of warming under the ridge, means Colorado was able to hit the 90°F mark in Lamar, La Junta, Pueblo, Wray and Greeley. While this benchmark occurred a little early than normal, it is not too unusual. Without much moisture under the ridge, only light showers occurred yesterday. The majority of the totals over the mountains were under 0.1 inches with isolated totals of 0.1 inches over the San Juan Mountains. Storms that formed out east grazed the border counties. With a bit more moisture in place, radar estimated 0.25 inches were able to fall. Only one storm report from yesterday. A gust of 58 mph was recorded at a mesonet in Basalt due to a high-based thunderstorm in the vicinity. There was no flooding reported.

To see precipitation totals from Wednesday, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below. Please note the 0.5 inches over Summit County is not correct.

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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.