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Dangerous Heat Wave in the West Expanding Eastward; Severe Weather in the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest

Dangerous and record-breaking heat will continue for much of the West through Saturday, and expand over central and eastern portions of the country through this weekend. Locally heavy rainfall and flash flooding will continue along the coastal Mid-Atlantic and in the Four Corners region. Strong to severe thunderstorms are possible across portions of the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest. Read More >


GOES-East Geocolor revealing widespread blowing dust across southern Colorado. Courtesy Bill Line (Atmospheric Scientist; NOAA/ NESDIS)

A major storm system moved across the region during the day on December 15th, providing widespread impacts to southern Colorado. Across southern Colorado, extreme winds, high to extreme fire danger, dust storms, heavy mountain snow, and snow squalls were all observed. 


Storm Highlights:

  • 107 MPH at Lamar at 844 AM MST

  • 101 MPH at 2 SSW Manitou Springs 1156 AM MST

  • 100 MPH at US Air Force Academy at 1118 AM MST

  • 92 MPH at Colorado Springs Airport at 1254 PM MST

  • 89 MPH at Pueblo Airport at 1016 AM MST


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