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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.

Weather Outlook – Warming by Mid-Week

National Weather Map for May 1, 2016

By Chris Sorensen

After a few weeks of cooler temperatures, rain, and even some late-season snow last Friday, temperatures will begin climbing to levels more like spring by the middle of the week.

First, a few more days of cooler temperatures start the week. Sunday's high will be in the upper 40s with a chance of afternoon showers continuing into the evening. Look for north winds 15-25 miles per hour and an overnight low near freezing.

Monday and Tuesday's highs will be in the mid-50s to mid-60s, with overnight lows in the 30s.

Flash Flood Safety

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By NWS Staff

Only two years ago major flooding in September resulted from over eight inches of rain that fell over a large area from northern Jefferson County to the Wyoming border. This rain caused flash flooding in a number of creeks and rivers, causing considerable flash flooding. Runoff from area streams combined to cause major flooding along the South Platte River. Mitigation is still ongoing to repair flood damage along the streams and rivers in and near the foothills from Larimer County to El Paso County and along the tributaries to the South Platte River.

Understanding Severe Weather Watches and Warnings

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By NWS Staff

When the National Weather Service sees the potential for severe weather, a stream of weather information flows from our forecast offices to you.

Each National Weather Service forecast office has a web site, a Facebook page, and a Twitter feed where you can find vital Information highlighting upcoming weather hazards. The hazardous weather outlook, a text product, highlights weather hazards seven days in advance.