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Monday's storms hit tri-county area

Eastern Grand County residents were treated to intense lightning and thunder storms on Monday evening, July 18.

According to the National Weather Service, the muggy weather on Monday created an unstable air mass that traveled vertically rather than horizontally, creating massive storm clouds.

The storms were unique in that they traveled south to north from Summit to Jackson counties, catching Grand in between, rather than the usual southwest to northeast pattern, according to Dan Leszcynski, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Boulder.

The storms were threaded together, making for a more constant weather event than what high country folks are accustomed. "Those storms pretty much held together as they went across Summit and Grand," Leszcynski said.

Summit accumulated about 3 inches of precipitation at Breckenridge, and Grand County had about .86 inches at the west side of Rocky Mountain National Park, about .70 inches at Granby, and .03 inches at Kremmling.

The heavy rains have made for low fire danger, according to U.S. Forest Service officials. Even with the intense lightning storms, no fires ignited on U.S. Forest lands in Grand County.

- Tonya Bina can be reached at 970-887-3334 ext.19603.


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