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.

Afternoon, Evening Storms Possible Thursday

Weather - Thunderstorm

By Chris Sorensen

Southeast Colorado will be the target for strong to severe storms Thursday afternoon into the late evening.

Mid-level instability across western Colorado will drift east through the morning, bringing the instability over southern and eastern Colorado during the strongest heat of the day. Primary threats will be one-inch hail, wind gusts to 60 miles per hour, heavy rain and lightning. The Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma, also shows a slight possibility for tornadoes over the eastern plains.

Weather Outlook – The Week Ahead: Continuing Hot and Dry

Weather Recap - June 19, 2016 Summary Image

By Chris Sorensen

High pressure continues to dominate across Colorado. Hot days are expected this week, with near-record temperatures Sunday. Smoke from fires may limit warming, but only by a few degrees.

Kiowa County can expect high temperatures in the mid- to upper 90s through Saturday, slightly above seasonal norms. Overnight lows will be in the mid-60s.

Very little chance of precipitation is currently in the forecast. A ten percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected Wednesday and Thursday, increasing to 20 percent each evening.

Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week June 19-25

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"When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors!"

Given that a half million lightning flashes strike the ground in Colorado each year, and that more people are killed and injured by lightning than any other weather hazard, Governor John Hickenlooper has declared the week of June 19 through June 25 as Colorado Lightning Safety Awareness Week.

Lightning in Colorado is most common in the summer months, but can be a hazard throughout the year. And although nearly all lightning victims are struck outdoors, lightning can pose a threat to those indoors as well.