Boulder and Longmont communities evacuate over 7000 people after being inundated by record rainfall. In the last 3 days, 24-hour rainfall totals of between 8 and 10 inches across much of the Boulder area were enough to qualify this storm as a 1 in 1,000 year event, meaning that it has a 0.1 percent chance of occurring in a given year.
It has entered my consciousness over the last few weeks that this has been a very good for those Asian elm trees everyone loves to hate. First I noticed that the new ones that spring up on roadbanks and in fencerows were having a banner year. Then I saw that the big, full-sized trees are looking very lush and glossy, where many years they look sort of ragged and bug-eaten. What's the difference?
Drought expanding in Wisconsin: "Three months ago, we essentially had no drought," Hopkins said. "Apparently the heavy rain in the Madison area, our June rain was just about the most on record. All of a sudden, somebody decided to turn off the water." http://www.wisconsinagconnection.com/story-state.php?Id=1084&yr=2013
Boulder area floods are a 1,000-year event. http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/imageo/2013/09/12/colorado-deluge-could-be-classified-as-a-1000-year-event/#.UjKTX5Dnaaw