Articles | Volume 10, issue 11
Research article
01 Nov 2017
Research article |  | 01 Nov 2017

Precipitable water characteristics during the 2013 Colorado flood using ground-based GPS measurements

Hannah K. Huelsing, Junhong Wang, Carl Mears, and John J. Braun


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ED: Publish subject to technical corrections (09 Sep 2017) by Roeland Van Malderen
Short summary
The precipitable water (PW) was examined for the 2013 Colorado flood to determine how climatologically abnormal this event was. The seasonal PW maximum extended into early September and the September monthly mean PW exceeded the 99th percentile of climatology with a value 25% higher than the 40-year climatology. The above-normal, near-saturation PW values during the flood were the result of large-scale moisture transport into Colorado from the eastern tropical Pacific and the Gulf of Mexico.