SPM 05-17-2019: Gusty Winds for Western Colorado and a 97°F High in Lamer

Issue Date: Friday, May 17th, 2019
Issue Time: 9:20AM MDT


Despite increasing cloud cover over the state, high temperatures were still well above the seasonal average for another day. With nearly no cloud cover over the far eastern plains, most areas were able to hit above the 90°F mark with Lamar reaching 97°F! Strong surface winds were present over western Colorado and were generally measured in the 20-25 mph range with gusts between 45-60 mph. A gust of 73 mph was recorded over Douglas Pass! Without much low level moisture, storms weren’t able to drop a lot of rainfall. CoCoRaHs in La Plata County recorded between 0.16 and 0.22 inches. The highest observation of the day was in Mineral County where 0.25 inches was recorded. As anticipated, rainfall over the Northeast Plains produced under 0.2 inches. Flooding was not reported on Thursday.

To see precipitation totals from yesterday, scroll down to the State Precipitation Map below. Note the 0.25 inches in Summit County is incorrect. We are working to fix this error.

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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.