SPM 06-09-2019: Severe Thunderstorms and Tornadoes for the Plains with Flooding Problems Increasing Over Southwest Colorado

Issue Date: Sunday, June 9th, 2019
Issue Time: 9:25AM MDT


Rainfall yesterday was mostly confined to the northeast corner of the state as the trough pushed through the state. A Severe Thunderstorm Watch was issued during the afternoon. The first set of storms formed over the KS/CO border in the early afternoon, but quickly exited the state to the east. Two landspout reports came in from Kit Carson and Yuma, but as of this morning, there was no damage reported. Quite a bit of rainfall accumulated over these counties as well with the back building storms. Totals just over 1.5 inches were estimated by radar. Additional storms set up over the eastern Front Range during the afternoon, which brought a showers and thunderstorms to the Urban Corridor. These storms produced 0.5 inches of rain with hail reports up to 1.5 inches over north Denver. A wind gust of 64 mph, hail up to 1.75 inches and another tornado were reported with a severe storm in Elbert County. So as anticipated when the front dropped south, severe thunderstorm activity increased over the adjacent plains. Flooding was not reported with any of these storms.

Melting over western Colorado, especially southwest Colorado, continued to increase runoff. Flooding from snowmelt and debris flows were reported near Wolf Creek Pass again overnight. This area remains under a Flood Warning. The Flood Warning for the San Antonio and Conejos Rivers in southeastern Conejos County continues as well (through Monday evening). The public reported flooding throughout the headwaters of the Rio Grande and San Juan Rivers, so a more broad Flood Warning was put in place (see today’s FTB) with Del Norte still experiencing minor flooding. Willow Creek in north central Mineral County also had flooding issues on the south side of town. Finally, an advisory was issued for west, central Rio Grande County. Areal Flood Advisories also persisted for the Gunnison River above Grand Junction, the La Plata River at Hesperus and for the Mancos River in Montezuma County. For the latest warnings and advisories, see today’s FTB post as well as NWS Grand Junction and Pueblo.

AHPS gages (click me!) currently at Action or Minor Flooding Stages:

  • Mancos River near Mancos
  • La Plata River above Hesperus
  • San Juan River at Pagosa Springs
  • Navajo River near Chromo
  • Rio Grande near Del Norte
  • Eagle River at Gypsum
  • Gunnison River at Delta

To see estimated precipitation totals over your area on Saturday, scroll down to 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.