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Summit County: Monday rainstorm sets all-time record

The steeple of Father Dyer Church in Breckenridge was damaged by a July 18 lightning strike. PHOTO BY CARL SCOFIELD. Click on the image to visit Scofield's photography website.

July 18 24-hour precipitation total is the greatest on record; all of Summit County under flash flood watches and warnings for Tuesday afternoon and evening

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Monday’s rainstorm will go down in the history books as the largest 24-hour precipitation total on record, according to Breckenridge weather watcher Rick Bly, who tallied 3.17 inches of water at his downtown weather station.

The previous record was set way back in the early 1890s, when weather observers measured 2.6 inches of rain in a 24-hour span.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” said Bly, adding that he and his wife unplugged all their electrical appliances during the height of the storm just to be safe.

Bly has been measuring precipitation in Breckenridge for more than three decades. During that time, he said he’s only measured more than one inch of rain during a 24-hour period four or five times, with the biggest total during his watch at 1.7 inches. Yesterday’s storm was 100-year event, he said. Continue reading

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