Weekend Weather Outlook – Hot, with Storms Friday

Weather - Thunderstorm

By Chris Sorensen

Enjoy "cooler" weather while you can - Friday will only reach 90 before temperatures rise toward 100 for the week ahead. Severe thunderstorms with strong winds, large hail, and even some tornadoes are a possibility for Friday afternoon into the late evening.

Eastern Kiowa, Prowers and Baca Counties have the greatest potential to be impacted by storms Friday afternoon as high pressure shifts east into Colorado. Hail may reach two inches in diameter, and outflow wind gusts from storms could reach 60 miles per hour.

Sand Creek to Host Program on Fort Larned

Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site Near Eads, Colorado

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, the National Park Service has launched the Find Your Park campaign. The Park Service is inviting Americans to discover parks near them. With this in mind, Sand Creek Massacre National Historic Site (NHS) in southeastern Colorado has partnered with Fort Larned National Historic Site (NHS) in western Kansas to link two national parks that share common bonds of turmoil during the Civil War and Indian Wars.

Hickenlooper Orders Flags Lowered to Honor the Victims of the Attack in Dallas, Texas

Remembering - Flags at Half Staff

Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper Friday ordered flags be lowered to half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the attack in Dallas, Texas, and as proclaimed by President Barack Obama. Flags should be lowered until sunset on July 12, 2016.

The full text of the president's proclamation:


Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release July 8, 2016



Tornado Warning Issued in Kiowa County Early Friday Morning


By Chris Sorensen

A tornado warning was issued around 2:30 a.m. Friday for portions of south central Kiowa and northwest Prowers County.

Radar indicated a storm capable of producing large hail and tornadoes seven miles southeast of Queens reservoirs.

The warning expired about 30 minutes later, and no reports of damage had been received.

Public Hearings Scheduled for US 50 Corridor

Road Construction

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is hosting public hearings in the counties of: Pueblo, Otero, Bent, and Prowers to provide the public opportunities to comment on the US 50 Corridor East Tier 1 Draft Environmental Impact Study (EIS). The project recommends improvements on US 50, extending from Pueblo to the Kansas state line.

On June 10, 2016 a notice that the draft document was made available was published in the Federal Register informing the public that a 45-day public comment period.