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Partly cloudy skies, rainfall to linger over El Paso County most of the week

July 15, 2013 Updated: July 15, 2013 at 1:50 pm
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photo - Fountain Creek was a swollen, but not overflowing on Monday morning. (Jerilee Bennett)
Fountain Creek was a swollen, but not overflowing on Monday morning. (Jerilee Bennett) 

Although a flash flood watch will expire at noon Monday, the National Weather Service forecasts isolated showers and thunderstorms will linger over El Paso County for the rest of the week.

Meteorologist John Kalina said storm systems passing over the Pikes Peak region are moving west and will most likely taper off by noon.

"The fog and low-lying clouds in the area will persist up to late morning," Kalina said.

Tuesday and Wednesday will be partly cloudy, with very isolated thunderstorms over the Pikes Peak region, Kalina said. The weather service predicts temperatures will reach a high into the low 80s by Tuesday, dipping into the mid 50s by Tuesday night and possibly rising again to 87 degrees by Wednesday.

Isolated thunderstorms Wednesday and Thursday will bring some rain to the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest burn scars, Kalina said, but with a 10 percent chance of precipitation, it will hardly be measurable.

"It's gonna be really hit-and-miss for much of the area," Kalina said. "But for El Paso County and Colorado Springs, we don't have much reason to be concerned with flash flooding or heavy rains at the moment."

Rainfall levels for July in El Paso County have surpassed recorded averages by more than an inch, weather service meteorologist Patrick Cioffi said.

In the past 24 hours, the county has seen up to 1.5 inches of recorded rainfall and the Colorado Springs Airport reported .55 of an inch, surpassing a record rainfall of .45 inches since 1947.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the Waldo Canyon area received almost .75 of an inch since Sunday, with Cascade measuring .71.

Black Forest bore the brunt of the storm, with about an inch of precipitation measured during Sunday's storm and into Monday, Cioffi said.

"El Paso County stands at about 2.41 inches of rain, which is high for this time in July," Cioffi said. "The average is 1.07 inches, so the county is sitting at double its usual rainfall."

Even with all the storms and downpours, Colorado remains in a drought, Cioffi said.

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