Presently it feels like spring outside, and some of the lower elevation snowpack is already melting significantly. Although the snowpack in western Colorado is currently below normal, and even if it remains below normal through the rest of the mountain snowfall season, that does not necessarily mean that flooding from snowmelt will not occur this year during the peak snowmelt season which typically occurs in the May-early June time period.
Additionally, it is still a bit too early to speculate about the potential for heavy rainfall during the 2013 Desert Southwest Monsoon Season which typically occurs from mid July to mid September in western Colorado. However, the potential cannot be ruled out.
And any heavy rainfall on last year’s burn scarred areas in Colorado will be a major concern for flash flood potential. This includes the areas of the 2012 Waldo Canyon, High Park, Weber, and Pine Ridge wildfires, as well as some others.
Additionally, wildfires are also considered a potential threat again this coming summer season.
With that in mind, it is appropriate to let you know that Wildfire Safety is being added this year in Colorado to the National Flood Safety Awareness Week. Colorado’s Flood Safety and Wildfire Awareness week will run from March 17 through March 23.
Daily Public Information Statements will be issued each day in Colorado during the awareness week. Most of the flood and flash flood safety information can be found at the NWS Flood Safety website http://www.floodsafety.noaa.gov/