Weather Outlook: The Week Ahead – Rain, then Warming

National Weather Map for May 15, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

An approaching upper level disturbance and adequate moisture in the atmosphere will allow for the development of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms Sunday afternoon and evening.

Varying chances of rain and thunderstorms remain in the forecast through Thursday, with the best likelihood of precipitation expected Monday afternoon through Tuesday, where one-tenth to one-quarter inch possible each day.

Weekend Weather Outlook - Cooler, Rain Possible

National Weather Map for May 13, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

Friday will wrap up the work week with warm and dry conditions that will be replaced with cooler temperatures and the potential for rain over the weekend.

The high temperature Friday will be in the upper 70s before falling to the low 40s overnight. Northwest winds in the 10 to 15 mile per hour range will shift to the east later in the day.

Saturday leads off a cooling trend for daytime highs. Expect lower 60s - below seasonal averages - through the weekend into the early part of the coming week, with Tuesday potentially reaching only the upper 50s.

Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Severe Storms Sunday Afternoon

National Weather Map for May 8, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

May 8, 2016

Warmer weather and periodic chances of thunderstorms continue this week.

High temperatures will be in the mid-70s throughout most of the forecast period. Wednesday will be slightly cooler, with a high in the upper 60s, while Friday's high will reach 80. Overnight lows will be in the 40s this week.

Drought, Dry Conditions Improve Dramatically

By Chris Sorensen

Following another round of state-wide precipitation, remaining areas of moderate drought in Colorado dissipated and abnormally dry areas receded in most areas.

Kiowa County has returned to normal conditions after rain and snow a week ago, as have most neighboring counties throughout southeast Colorado.

An area of moderate drought across most of Baca County and smaller portions of Bent, Prowers and Las Animas Counties has turned to abnormally dry conditions. Portions of southwest Colorado also remain abnormally dry.

Weekend Weather Outlook

By Chris Sorensen

Spring has sprung in Kiowa County, with warmer temperatures and chances of thunderstorms making their annual appearance.

Saturday starts off windy, with afternoon south winds 25-30 miles per hour and gusts to 40 mph. Temperatures will be in the low 80s, falling to the low 40s overnight. There is a slight chance of isolated showers earlier in the day.

Sunday's high will be around 75, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms that will continue into the evening. The overnight low will be near 40.

Weather Service: When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors

Severe Weather - Thunderstorm

By NWS Staff

Thunderstorms produce some of the most dangerous weather on Earth, Including tornadoes, flash floods, Large hail, and destructive straight-line winds. However, the most dangerous aspect of thunderstorms in Colorado is lightning.

Lightning usually kills and injures more people in Colorado than any other thunderstorm hazard. In 2015 there was one documented fatality and 23 lightning strike survivors in Colorado, some with serious to critical injuries.