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From NBCNews11.com: (James Hopkins)

Deep monsoonal moisture continues to stream over a good portion of eastern Colorado and western Colorado. This steady stream of moisture will persist for the next two days and possibly longer. Thunderstorms producing heavy showers will be common in the watch area. Showers will be slow to dissipate during the night and steady light rain during the morning hours will be possible, keeping the soils loose and saturated…

Flash Flood watch is for portions of Colorado and Utah, including the following areas: in Colorado: Animas River basin, central Colorado river basin, central Gunnison and Uncompahgre river basin, Debeque to Silt corridor, Flattops, Four corners/upper Dolores river, Gore and Elk mountains/central mountain valleys, Grand Valley, Grand and Battlement Mesas, northwest San Juan mountains, Paradox valley/lower Dolores river, Roan and Tavaputs plateaus, San Juan river basin, southwest San Juan mountains, Uncompahgre plateau and Dallas divide, upper Gunnison river valley and west Elk and Sawatch mountains.

From the Summit Daily News (Robert Allen):

Rick Bly, NWS observer in Breckenridge, said July brought above-average precipitation to the area, with 2.54 inches having fallen by early Friday afternoon. The average is 2.32 inches. In the past year, there were only three months of above-average precipitation. April was 14 percent above normal and October 2009 was also above normal. “We’ve had a concerning lack of moisture,” Bly said. “So it’s good that we’re getting caught up a little bit here.”[…]

Bly said that on July 29, Breckenridge received 1.13 inches of rain — a rare occurrence. “I’ve been keeping records for about 35 years, and I think over an inch in precipitation (has fallen) in less than 24 hours less than a dozen times in all those years,” he said.

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