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Perhaps it Just Seemed Drier this Year

Storm Clouds Forming West of Lamar

 

The National Weather Service website for local precipitation levels from the past year shows that for the most part, 2017 was actually wetter than 2016.

A lot of our moisture has come in scattered rainfalls, usually measuring less than half an inch at a time spread over a 24 hour period. Some, however, have been one inch or more when spring and summer storms have blanketed a good portion of southeast Colorado.  The case in point is these calendar references to several communities hit with thunderstorms in and around Prowers County last year where accumulations from these listed amounts were almost half the annual total.

Rainfall in inches on specific days for four area towns:

Holly

March 29

1.12”

April 30

1.35”

July 16

1.41”

July 29

3.25”

August 7

2.35”

August 11

2.30”

La Junta March 31

1.26”

May 9

1.15”

May 10

0.92”

May 11

1.53”

July 14

2.12”

July 27

1.68”

Lamar

April 30

0.93”

May 11

1.33”

July 16

1.97”

July 29

1.05”

August 11

1.70”

Sept 24

1.57”

Las Animas

March 29

0.43”

May 11

1.22”

July 28

1.18”

July 29

1.46”

July 31

2.49”

August 11

0.11”

 

Rainfall totals in inches for 2017, taken from compass/distance
reference point at measuring station:

2016 Annual Precipitation 2017 Annual Precipitation
Campo – 7.8 Miles ESE 20.57

23.46

Springfield – 0.5 NW

14.43 20.52
Walsh – 5.4 SSW 14.39

19.89

Las Animas – 8.1 NE

16.01 18.72
Cheyenne Wells – 10.78 SE 14.98

0.5 SE – 21.93

Kit Carson – 3.2 SE

15.87 27.07
Ordway – 1.3 E 16.16

19.69

Eads – 0.45 E

15.97 21.27
Sheridan Lake – 1.9 N 20.69

4.2 E – 25.73

Trinidad – 9 NE

12.89 1.9 ENE – 25.06
La Junta – 1.05 N 11.63

23.38

Rocky Ford – 0.45 E

15.00 21.54
Holly – 0.1 ENE 14.03

26.00

Two Buttes – 10.0 WNW

13.57 22.87
Lamar – 2.9 S 16.89

23.09

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