El Paso County Rain

An incredible amount of rain fell last Thursday evening/Friday morning across El Paso County, especially on the southeast side of Colorado Springs.  Check out the rainfall graphic below, courtesy of the National Weather Service in Pueblo:

Three factors led to this rain event:  ample moisture, an upper level disturbance, and upslope winds at the surface.   These factors contributed to the "training" of showers and thunderstorms, meaning cells persistently moved over areas that had already seen heavy rain.   The Colorado Springs Airport bore the brunt of this effect, reporting 4.97" over the two days.  It seems like we couldn't buy a raindrop at the airport all summer.  And here we practically made up for it in the blink of an eye.  A deluge like this is pretty rare for Colorado Springs...in fact, it may be YEARS before we see experience anything like it again.

AM/Noon Meteorologist,

Branden Borremans















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  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Oct 7, 2008 at 05:54 PM
    We all look at the same weather information, but we all have different ways of interpretting it. Some stations stay close to what the NWS forecasts, others do more of their own work and thus the different numbers. It is all about interpretation... Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by ed Location: widefield on Oct 5, 2008 at 08:36 PM
    I have noticed it now too. WHy are your predictions here always about 3 to 5 degrees warmer than those of all the other news stations and the NWS? Do you guys all use diferent weather predicting software or computers?
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Sep 21, 2008 at 12:12 PM
    ...And why is kktv forecast always warmer than anyone else's...KRDO, KFOX, even the NWS forecast is cooler than yours. I see all these 80's in yours and not in the others...
  • by julio Location: 80907 on Sep 20, 2008 at 07:07 PM
    What is with all the 80's for the next few weeks? Is it ever going to stinking cool of here? We had like two weeks of cool wet weather in the last 5 months....
  • by Branden Borremans Location: Weather Center on Sep 18, 2008 at 07:00 AM
    Ryan and Julio...Our winter will be dictated by how warm or cool sea surface temperatures will be in the Equatorial Pacific (El Nino or La Nina). El Nino is characterized by WARMER than sea surface temperatures, La Nina COOLER than normal. Last year, we were under the influence of a La Nina, which lead to paltry snow amounts east of the mountains. By contrast, an El Nino pattern developed the previous winter, leading to multiple snowstorms and blizzards. Based on the most recent El Nino/La Nina forecasts, it appears "neutral" conditions will prevail, meaning neither El Nino nor La Nina will be the dominiant signal this winter. Therefore, with neither process having a significant impact, I would expect this winter to be more active than last, though NOT as active as 2006/2007. Thanks for checking out our blog.
  • by ryan Location: monument on Sep 16, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    branden do you think we will see a lot of snow this winter I hope it doesn't snow in may or june I hope it snows a lot in october november december january febuary march and only once in april
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Sep 15, 2008 at 07:49 PM
    So Branden, Any news on what me might see this winter? Does it look like a "normal" year or another lame one like last winter?
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