A FLASH FLOOD WATCH will go into effect this afternoon for most of Southern Colorado. Daytime heating and moisture will combine with a disturbance moving through Colorado to develop numerous thunderstorms. Any one of them will be more than capable of producing very heavy rain. Burn scars and areas that have seen recent heavy rain will be under the greatest risk for flash flooding. This FLASH FLOOD WATCH will remain in effect through 6pm Wednesday. The 11 Breaking Weather Team will be tracking this threat closely for you the next two days.
Snow and 48-mile-an-hour winds have grounded two planes trying to rescue a seriously ill worker at the South Pole. The person --whose name hasn't been released -- works for Colorado-based Raytheon Polar Services.
Raytheon is the Antarctic logistics contractor for the National Science Foundation -- which manages the U-S Antarctic research program. Two Twin Otter planes are grounded at an air station. One will fly to the research station and the other will serve as a backup. It's 13-hundred miles from the air station to the South Pole and the roundtrip flight is 30 hours.
Raytheon's medical director was airlifted from the South Pole in April 2001 for gall bladder surgery when he diagnosed his own illness. In 1999, Dr. Jerri Nielsen was flown out of Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station after detecting her own breast cancer.