A Flooding Disaster on the High Plains
Virtually the only hazards issued by the National Weather Service today across the contiguous United States are Flood Warnings. Nebraska and Iowa have been hit particularly hard by flooding following last week's "bomb cyclone ", a historic storm which delivered heavy snow and rain to the Plains States, following what has been a cold end to the winter for the region. Seven day precipitation anomalies show just how wet it's been for the heart of the country, with some of th
Parts of Louisiana Devastated by Flooding; National Media Quiet
It's an election year, the Olympics are on, and crazy guys are climbing Trump Tower with suction cups attached to their hands and feet. With these and other "important" news stories (often told by animated GIF) taking up precious air time, you'll be hard-pressed to find significant news coverage of events that don't include shocking statements from political candidates or click-worthy media. Usually, however, weather is just the
Rainfall Totals
Map: Colorado Rainfall Totals July 30, 2014
Below is a map rainfall totals as of this morning from the CoCoRaHS network . These are two day totals (yesterday and today) and will be updated as more data becomes available. The greatest rainfall total so far comes from 0.5 miles east of Eads, Colorado, where 6.21 inches of rain has been recorded since yesterday afternoon. Most locations within the Denver area are reporting anywhere from 0.5 to 2.5 inches of rain so far, including 1.50" at our weather station in cen
Denver Forecast
Tuesday PM Update: Heavy Rain, Flooding Concerns Through Wednesday
Heavy rain reached northeast Colorado early this afternoon, and has really grown in intensity over the last hour. It is expected to continue off and on through Wednesday. A Flash Flood Watch is in effect for nearly all of Colorado through Wednesday PM, including the city and county of Denver. The overall synopsis has not changed since our post yesterday . Heavy rain with slow moving storms will mean an increased threat
Denver Forecast
Monday Update: Addressing Flood Potential Across Colorado
The cooler air we’ve been promising for some time now has arrived, and will continue to bring temperatures well below seasonal norms through the end of the week. Wednesday looks to be the coolest day of the week with highs in the low to mid 70s for Denver, and likely a few locations in the 60s across the Plains. (Some spots could see near record-cool highs for the date.) The focus over the coming days will not be the temperatures, h
Rainfall Totals
Flooding Rains Ease, but Here Comes the Heat
Our drought-reducing progress will go on pause for a while as warmer and drier weather returns to the region. Temperatures over the next week will climb above normal levels for the state as high pressure builds in. The best precipitation chances over the next week look to be in the mountains, with very little over northeast Colorado and the Plains. Rainfall totals It’s been a heck of a run so far this this summer, however, and most of the monsoon season is still ahead of us. According to the la
Severe Weather
Update: Severe Weather Threat Today, Flash Flooding Concerns
It’s shaping up to be an active 24 hours for Colorado. After seeing another round of showers and storms Monday, Tuesday evening is looking to be more even more widespread with rain and storms. We pinpointed today as our greatest severe weather threat, and that appears to hold true. The Storm Prediction Center continues with a Slight Risk for severe weather for the eastern half of Colorado for today. We should see ingredients start to come together for a few severe storms by mid to late aftern
Severe Weather
Storms Continue and Temperatures Tumble Midweek
The start of the coming week promises to deliver more weather adventures for Colorado. As I already mentioned last week , eastern Colorado could see temperatures well below normal by the middle of the week as an upper level closed low digs in across the Great Lakes. The greatest temperature anomalies appear to be in store for Wednesday, when temperatures could be anywhere from 10 to 30 degrees F below normal across portions of east
Flooding Rains Hit Drought-Stricken Southeast Colorado
Drought recovery across southeast Colorado comes at a price. The parched earth struggles to handle the rapid heavy rainfall like we saw last night, leading to enhanced flooding threats and insult to injury to farmers and ranchers in the area. Heavy rains brought dangerous flash flooding to much of Colorado Saturday, including some of the hardest hit drought areas of our state. The NWS Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service’s precipitation analysis estimates that anywhere from a half inch to ove
Severe Weather
Stormy Outlook for Colorado Through the Period
As we discussed on Monday, Colorado is entering a more active period for afternoon storms after a brief lull to start the month. We have chances for afternoon storms in the forecast each of the next seven days, with a few of those days being very good chances. If you missed Brian Bledsoe's monsoon outlook from late June, definitely check it out as it outlines what we think will be a good monsoon season for m
Flooding Rains Kick Off Holiday Weekend
The same slow moving upper level storm system is still swirling over the desert southwest. This is the system that has given us days of severe weather, and a continued stormy pattern for this weekend. The center of that system is over Arizona at this time. It will be spinning moisture over Colorado throughout weekend. This will keep our storms scattered across the state. Although the threat for tornadoes, hail, and wind is lower than it has been, the threat for flooding is higher. As of Frid
Why the Dreaded Dry Slot May Not be Such a Bad Thing This Time Around
All week we have been talking about the different possible tracks this weekend's storm could take. A more southern route would mean an absolute soaking for the Front Range, while a more northern route would mean more downsloping and less precipitation for western portions of eastern Colorado, or dry slotting. Update on storm track Last night we discussed that most of the models were coming into better agreement, and that the favored track appeared to be a more northern one. Several more model r