By Jeff Lukas, CIRES Western Water Assessment A month has passed since the devastating floods on the Front Range, and it’s a little easier to discuss the positive effects of the extraordinary rain event for the impacted area, and across Colorado. The first was the significant drought relief that the rains brought, as shown in… Read More

NCAR’s Research Applications Laboratory and UCAR’s COMET program present a webinar this afternoon (Friday): The Great Front Range Flood of 2013 Rita Roberts, Jenny Sun, Dave Gochis, Barbara Brown, and Matt Kelsch The deadly flood that occurred in the Front Range during the week of September 10th, 2013 is believed to be the worst in… Read More

  CIRES is home to insightful and innovative scientists – we knew that already. But many of them turn out to be incredible photographers as well. Please check out our photostream on Flickr, especially the Front Range Floods photoset. THANK YOU to CIRES colleagues who shared their work.  … Read More

by Jeff Lukas, Western Water Assessment, CIRES In early September, a favorable atmospheric circulation pattern sent copious subtropical moisture streaming towards the Front Range. As that pattern persisted for three days, areas of heavy rainfall fired up repeatedly over the Front Range foothills, leading to 24-hour amounts over 5 inches in some locations and 3-day… Read More