The Weather Wire
June 2007 Volume 15 Number 06
Avg High 71.4
Avg Low 44.6
Snow - 0.0"
Season Snow - 72.6"
Precipitation - 1.79"
Avg High 82.1
Avg Low 53.0
Avg Snow - 0"
Avg Precip - 1.56"
Watches and Warnings|
There always seems to be some confusion when weather watches and warnings are issued. Not to mention what constitutes a severe thunderstorm. So below find the definitions for severe weather events.
In general a watch means conditions are favorable for that event, while a warning means that the event is already occurring or is imminent.
Definitions used with Summer Severe Events
Severe Thunderstorm Watch: Conditions are favorable for the formation of severe thunderstorms in AND NEAR the watch area. By definition, a severe thunderstorm has hail ¾ inch or larger, and/or winds GE 58mph. Note heavy rain is not a necessary component of a severe thunderstorm. Watch the sky and stay tuned to know when warnings are issued.
Severe Thunderstorm Warning: Issued when severe weather has been reported by spotters or indicated by radar. A severe thunderstorm warning indicates the storm has hail ¾ inch or large, and/or winds GE 58mph. Warnings indicate imminent danger to life and property to those in the path of the storm.
Tornado Watch: Conditions are favorable for the formation of tornadoes in AND NEAR the watch area. Implicit in this watch are the possibility of severe thunderstorms, as defined above. Remain alert for approaching storms. Know what counties are in the watch area by listening to NOAA Weather Radio or your local radio/television outlets.
Tornado Warning: A tornado has been sighted by spotters in the field, or indicated by NWS Doppler radar.
Flash Flood Watch: Issued when heavy rain may develop and result in flash flooding in or near the watch area.
Flash Flood Warning: Flash flooding in the warning area has developed or is imminent!
Urban and Small Stream Flood Advisory: Local flooding of small streams, streets, or low lying areas such as railroad underpasses is occurring or is imminent. Note: this is issued for lesser rainfall events than a flash flood, though danger to life and property still may exist.
Note: Watches tend to cover a large geographic area (many counties), and tend to be issued for moderately long time periods (3-6 hours). Warnings cover a much smaller area (portion of a county or portions of several counties) for a much shorter time period (30-60 minutes typical).
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As in many endeavors, awareness equals safety. One component of awareness is education, and Skyview Weather has a number of educational classes intended to promote weather awareness and increased safety. At this time, the following classes are available. We highly recommend these safety classes for your facility, please contact us for more information!
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Little change, or perhaps improvement, in overall drought conditions across Colorado occurred in May.
The map below shows forecasted temperature deviances for June 2007. As can be seen, .normal temperatures are expected for Eastern Colorado for June 2007, with Central and Western portions of Colorado expected to have above normal temperatures.
The map below shows forecasted precipitation deviances for June2007. Normal precipitation is expected for much of Colorado for June 2007, though extreme Western Colorado may see below normal precipitation.
As can be seen in the below map, little overall change is anticipated for much of Colorado through August, though some worsening of drought conditions possible extreme Western Colorado.
May 2007 had an unusually high number of thunderstorm days with a total of 17. This compares to a normal total of only 6. There were two days with small hail reported at DIA the 5th and the 29th. Total rainfall for the month finished below normal with a total of 1.79 inches, which was 0.53 inch below normal. May 2007 marked the 6th May in a row with below normal precipitation. Again we must note that many areas in the Metro area and along the Front Range had much more precipitation than did DIA. No snow fell during the month which is 1.3 inches below normal. No rain or snow records set during the month.
The temperatures during May 2007 were near normal with an average temperature of 58.0 degrees, which is only 0.8 degrees above the normal of 57.2 degrees. Temperatures ranged from a high of 85 degrees on the 13th down to a low of 35 degrees registered on the 24th. There are normally around 2 days with low temperatures dropping below the freezing mark, but not this year. Normally May is the first occurrence of the year with a 90 degree reading, but again not this year.
June is severe weather month for Denver. Severe thunderstorms and tornadoes are notorious in Denver and across eastern Colorado during June. Over 40 percent of the tornadoes that occur in Colorado are observed during June. June tornadoes and severe thunderstorms have caused extensive property damage in and near the Denver metro area in years past.
Some of the more notable tornadoes occurred in: Thornton on June 3, 1981, southeast Denver and Aurora on June 8, 1986 and east Denver on June 13, 1984. In addition, on June 13, 1984 powerful thunderstorms dumped large hail, making it one of the worst and costliest hail storms in Denver history. During June 2001, a major hail storm moved across Denver International Airport on the 20th, dropping hailstones as big as two inches in diameter.
Even though there are frequent tornado occurrences in eastern Colorado during June, there has not been a tornado related death since 1960. However, there have been several deaths attributed to lightning during June.
Cool weather can still occur in early June. The latest freeze on record in Denver occurred on June 2, 1951 when the mercury dropped to 30 degrees. This is also the record low temperature for June. Snow has been reported in the city as late as June 11th when in 1947 a trace of snow was reported. The wettest June was in 1882 when 4.96 inches of rain fell and the driest June was 1890 with only a trace of precipitation recorded. The maximum 24 hour precipitation was 3.16 inches on June 11, 1970.
By the end of June, the mercury has been known to climb to 100 degrees or higher. The record high temperature for June is 104 degrees set on June 26th 1994. Other high temperature records reaching 100 degrees or higher are: 102 set June 23rd 1954, 102 set June 27th 1990, June 29th 1990 and June 30th 1990, 100 degrees set June 25th 1991. The warmest June occurred in 1994 with an average temperature of 73.5 degrees. The coldest June was 60.6 degrees in 1967.
Sunrise/Sunset (Denver area)
May 2007 to Sept 2007