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CO Climate Center Still Searching For Flood Data

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A scene in west Loveland right off Highway 34 on Sept. 17, 2013.

Today marks the preliminary deadline for the Colorado Climate Center’s data collection from the September floods. Scientists have precise estimates of rainfall totals from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs.

But State Climatologist Nolan Doesken says there are a few locations where data points are spotty.

“We’ve found a couple of places where we know heavy rains fell, but we have little or no data,” he said.

One area is north and west of Glen Haven. Another is the area west of Carter Lake to the east side of Estes Park.

Credit MetStat, Inc. and Applied Weather Associates in collaboration with CSU, CU and NOAA. / Google Earth
Google Earth
A view of missing rain gauge totals near Glen Haven and Carter Lake in Larimer County.

Information can be emailed to or people can call the Colorado Climate Center at 970 491-3690.

The Colorado Climate Center has largely compiled rainfall totals using manual and automated gauges. It has a special section of its website devoted to flood data, and is collaborating with local researchers on a Google Earth map that plots all the data points.

Doesken says he expects the Climate Center to release a report on the Colorado floods in the coming months.

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