Hazardous Weather Outlook
by Mary Jo Shelton
July 11, 2004

HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
700 AM MDT SUN JUL 11 2004

THIS HAZARDOUS WEATHER OUTLOOK IS FOR SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO, SOUTHERN SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS BETWEEN 7500 AND 11000 FT- TRINIDAD VICINITY/WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY BELOW 9000 FT-AND THAT MEANS YOU.

TODAY...
SCATTERED THUNDERSTORMS ARE ONCE AGAIN LIKELY (SORRY) TO OCCUR OVER THE MOUNTAINS THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING.  THESE STORMS ARE NOT EXPECTED TO BECOME SEVERE.  HOWEVER...I HAVE BEEN WRONG IN THE PAST...LIKE YESTERDAY SO LETS JUST SAY THAT ANY THUNDERSTORMS THAT DO DEVELOP WILL HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO PRODUCE LOCALLY HEAVY RAIN AS WELL AS FREQUENT CLOUD TO GROUND LIGHTNING AND REALLY LOUD THUNDER.  DOGS WILL HIDE.

SEVERE WEATHER STATEMENT…whoops
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
217 PM MDT SUN JUL 11 2004

A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 300 PM MDT FOR LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  PEOPLE LIVING IN THE WATCH AREA WHICH INCLUDES THE SANTA FE TRAIL RANCH BETTER DUCK…...AGAIN.  OK, SO I SAID THE SAME THING YESTERDAY.  LISTEN THIS TIME…

AT 205 PM A NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SPOTTER SAW 3/8 INCH DIAMETER HAIL PELTING HIS CAR, SOUTH OF TRINIDAD.  CATTLE WILL BE BRUISED.

AT 217 PM MDT RADAR SHOWED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM CENTERED OVER EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...OR ABOUT 8 MILES NORTH OF RATON NEW MEXICO...NOT MOVING VERY DAMN FAST.

SOME LOCATIONS IN THE PATH OF THIS SEVERE THUNDERSTORM INCLUDE...THE SHELTON'S…

AND OPEN COUNTRY OF EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY ADJACENT TO I-25 MILE MARKER 2 THRU 6.  YOU DO THE MATH.

IF YOU ARE IN THE PATH OF THIS THUNDERSTORM EXPECT PENNY SIZE HAIL AND A BUTT-LOAD OF RAIN.

A SMALL CRAFT WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR ALL AREA LAKES, SOME OF WHICH ARE NEW.

All kidding aside, the Santa Fe Trail Ranch has been gifted with anywhere from 1.25 inches of precipitation to over 3 inches in the last 48 hours depending on what cloud you were under.  Our weather "targets" (as opposed to spotters) report a mix of hard rain and hail to light rain and no hail.  At Moondog Ranch, we received 1 3/4 inches of rain yesterday, 1 1/4 inches today and 2 inches of pea sized hail that is still melting slowly as the sun sets.  Kinda looks like the stuff I used to ski on in Iowa...

mj