SPM 05-14-2022: Pleasant Late Spring Day, Though Still Very Dry

Issue Date: Saturday, May 14th, 2022
Issue Time: 9:35 AM MDT


As mentioned in the FTB yesterday, relatively benign zonal flow kept the conditions dry and calm across the state. There is no precipitation to report, and overall temperatures were cooler than it has been recently, as seen in the map below. For Western Colorado, yesterday’s highs were even bit below seasonal normal. It was also the first day without any high wind reports in Colorado since May 7. That’s not to say it wasn’t windy at all, just not as extreme over the past week or so.

Even with the relatively calmer weather, conditions remain especially dry with particularly high fire danger. Grass fires continued to pop up around Colorado Springs, and a fire was also ignited in the mountains near Durango. The High Park Fire in Teller County has continued to grow to now 931 acres and 0% containment

There were no flood reports yesterday. For rainfall estimates in your area, including antecedent conditions, check out the MetStorm Live QPE 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 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.