What a wild past few weeks we’ve had in the Colorado weather world and more specifically in NE Colorado. So much precipitation has fallen that the once very intense drought we’ve had for all of 2020 is now almost completely eradicated.

The same can’t be said for other areas of the state that are still suffering from extreme and exceptional drought.

Let’s kick it off with some impressive stats from the last 36 hours in NE Colorado.

5 – There were 5 reported tornadoes in Eastern Colorado
16″ – Up to 16″ of snow fell in Boulder and Larimer counties
1.75″ – Ping ball sized hail (1.75″ diameter) fell in Kirk, CO
6-8″ – Over a half a foot of rain fell in Phillips and Logan counties leading to Flash Flooding

Needless to say, it was quite an active time. The weather is beginning to calm down and clear out. A ridge of high pressure will be building in to the area and will bring sunshine and heat with it! We’re looking at widespread 70s and 80s by this weekend across the Front Range.

As you’ve probably noticed, another cool down looks to be in store for next week. No details on that just yet, just that yes, there is a chance at another system moving through that could bring us more moisture.

And for the first time in a really long time, we are not in dire need of this moisture. Denver has seen 6.64″ of rain in 2021 so far which is more than 3″ (!!!!) over where we should be this time of the year. That’s a huge surplus. In 2020, we only saw 8.74″ of rain for the entire year we are about 2″ away from reaching that number with 2/3rds of the year to come. (Thanks for the stat idea, Chris B! ) We typically see just over 14″ of precipitation for the entire calendar year. Saying it’s been a wet Spring is just about an understatement at this point.

~ Andy

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