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Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Hot, Dry

Weather Outlook - July 10, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

After a chance of isolated thunderstorms Sunday afternoon into the evening, the week will start off hot and dry.

Sunday's high will be near 100. Winds will be out of the south at 15-20 miles per hour by the afternoon, with gusts to 30 mph, as a low pressure system develops in the area.

Severe storms will be possible near the Kansas border later in the day, particularly in Prowers and Baca Counties, where large hail - potentially golf ball-size - may be possible.

Weekend Weather Outlook: Storms Continue, Tornado Risk Friday

Weather Outlook - July 8, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

Friday morning started off with thunderstorms across southeast Colorado, and even a tornado warning in the middle of the night for Kiowa and Prowers Counties. Chances of storms will continue through the weekend, along with hot days.

The best chances of thunderstorms will be Friday evening following early morning of rain across the county. One-tenth to one-quarter inch of precipitation is possible, however higher amounts can be expected in areas impacted by thunderstorms.

Tornado Warning Issued in Kiowa County Early Friday Morning

Tornado

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.

Weekend Weather Outlook: Cool, Wet with a Risk of Flash Floods

Weather Outlook - July 1, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

UPDATE: a Flash Flood Watch is in effect until midnight, and rainfall amounts are now projected to be in the three-quarters to one inch range.

Monsoon-like moisture typically expected in late July and early August has made an unfortunate appearance for harvest season.

The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, confirms a potentially active day in Kiowa County Friday, with a risk of strong winds, hail to one inch, and even the possibility of tornadoes.

Weather Outlook: the Week Ahead - Cooler, Chances of Rain

Weather Outlook - June 26, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

A varying chance of showers and thunderstorms continues this week, joined by slightly cooler temperatures as an upper high pressure ridge builds into the area Monday, with a shortwave dropping down across the plains.

High temperatures will be in the upper 80s to around 90 throughout the week, with lows near 60.

Lightning and Wildfires

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Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week concludes today, with wildfires being the final topic. Friday's article can be found here.

During the past week we have presented lightning information and safety rules. Although wildfires are not an actual weather phenomenon, wildfires are directly related to lightning and other weather elements.

Weekend Weather Outlook: Chances of Thunderstorms

Weekend Weather Outlook - June 24, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

After a high temperature near 100 Friday, Kiowa County can look forward to a cooling trend into next week and chances of showers and thunderstorms.

Watch for afternoon and evening and evening thunderstorms Friday as unstable air continues to drift east from Utah. Small hail, locally heavy rain, damaging winds and lightning are possibilities.

Storms may return each evening through at least Tuesday. Rainfall amounts of less than one-tenth inch are expected, though amounts could be higher where storms occur.