A beautiful rain is falling

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It’s been raining pretty steadily overnight. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a screen shot of the Urban Drainage District’s Alert System map of one day rainfall this morning at 5:36 a.m. The closest gauge to Gulch Manor (Little Dry Creek) is reading .55 inches of precip. At 5:00 a.m. the rain was mixed with snow.

Rainfall is important to the South Platte River basin. Since the runoff has not started in earnest flows in the South Platte River are very low. Yesterday flows at the Denver gage were below 120cfs then it started raining. This morning the Colorado Division of Water Resources Denver gage is showing 285cfs and climbing.

The National Weather Service website is showing a strong band of moisture over most of northern Colorado.