Extreme Precipitation Blog

Late Spring Snow Storm Hammers Parts of Colorado

The past couple of days in Colorado have been quite dramatic in terms of the weather, with temperatures in the mid 70s to low 80s earlier in the week replaced by temperatures in the low 40s, well below normal for this time of year. The dynamics of the atmosphere made...

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Ozarks Hammered with Second Major Flood in Last 18 Months

This past weekend, the Ozark Mountains of southern Missouri and northern Arkansas experienced two days of near-continuous heavy thunderstorms. The sustained heavy rain over the steep hills of this region led to rapid runoff and a dramatic rise in local creeks and...

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Hurricane Matthew: By The Numbers

It has been over 10 years since the east coast of the United States has seen a major (category 3 or higher) hurricane hit its shores. Not since Hurricane Wilma in 2005 has a hurricane with such intensity moved ashore in the United States. Hurricane Matthew, which...

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40th Anniversary of the Big Thompson Flood

An afternoon thunderstorm situated in just the right place can spark a chain of events that can completely change a community and how it learns to respond to a flooding disaster. Such was the case the evening of July 31st above the Big Thompson Canyon in Colorado, 60...

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Stunning Microburst in Phoenix

Phoenix, along with much of the rest of the country, has been battling with excessive heat for most of the summer. In the southwest this dry heat, combined with their summer monsoonal rainfalls, can create a virulent effect in the atmosphere that accompanies the rain,...

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Deadly West Virginia Floods

The last weekend in June, a series of large thunderstorms produced historically heavy rainfall across much of West Virginia, ultimately resulting in the loss of 23 lives. The mountainous, complex landscape of West Virginia makes flooding an especially dangerous...

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