Sunday was Denver’s rainiest day in nearly a year, denting drought conditions

For most of us, Sunday was just a rare dreary, rainy day along the Front Range.

For your lawns, however, it was heavenly.

Nearly an inch of rain fell officially in Denver on Sunday, making it the city’s rainiest day in more than 10 months, and it put a significant dent in drought conditions across the metro area.

At Denver International Airport, 0.94 inches of rain fell, about what most of the metro area saw during the afternoon and evening hours.

For context, 0.94 inches of rain is equivalent to about 7% of Denver’s average annual precipitation.

It was the good, soaking type of rain badly needed along the Front Range due to a growing drought across the region. Sunday’s rain put a big dent in year-to-date and month-to-date rainfall deficits, and precipitation totals was fairly evenly distributed around eastern and central Colorado.

Spring and early summer rainfall can be hit-or-miss in eastern Colorado, due to localized thunderstorms that soak one area and leave neighboring spots rain-free.

Not sure we make it up today alone, but should put a decent dent into those totals today!#COwx #HappyLawns pic.twitter.com/XKFtVp7WjC

— Chris Bianchi (@BianchiWeather) May 24, 2020

Other Denver area rainfall totals ranged as high as 1.38 inches on Sunday. Here’s a sampling of some of those area rainfall totals:

Of course, it wasn’t just rain that fell. There was snow in some higher elevations, and you didn’t have to head too far outside of Denver to find it.

 

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