Colorado’s climate center documents state’s recent rains

By on September 20, 2013

The small mountain town Jamestown was cut off because of Boulder County flood. (Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency)


Following heavy rains in Colorado that began Sept. 8, the Colorado Climate Center will be compiling data on the deluge, according to a release from Colorado State University. The rains brought about some of the most extreme flooding that the state has ever seen.

Most data on the rainfall comes from automated rain gauges maintained by federal and local agencies. Insights will also be gleaned from the National Weather Service’s radar system and Colorado State’s Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network.

For those areas that don’t have automated gauges, Colorado State climatologists are asking for all data available from third parties. Many people have weather stations and cameras, they say, and sharing that data could help fill in gaps and improve the overall record of the rain events.

Image: The small mountain town Jamestown was cut off because of Boulder County flood. (Credit: Federal Emergency Management Agency)

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