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Flash Flood Warning for Campers in Wyoming and Colorado

In his Friday forecast, 06/24/07, regional weatherman Don Day advised caution if planning a camping trip.

Stay away from camping near rivers, streams and wash-out areas.

There are two reasons for this.

Wyoming, Montana and Colorado have had a fair amount of snow this spring.

As we move into summer and temperatures rise, the snow will melt and come down from the mountains.

Rivers, streams and channels that usually wash away during these times may suddenly experience flash flooding.

Watch the video below to hear Don Day’s explanation.

Add to that the afternoon thunderstorms we get this time of year and that puts more water in those streams.

That perfect camping spot may look safe when you arrive at the campsite.

But look around you to see if it is an area where water likes to flow.

Those cuts in the landscape are clearly visible in places like Wyoming.

That low spot near the water or that washout may look nice and seem practical, but this time of year it can be dangerous.

Take the high ground.

The white you see in the photo below is snow on the tops of mountain ranges.

attachment-Snow Wyoming Colorado

Nothing described here is unusual.

It’s what happens in this part of the country at this time of year.

Thunderstorms may occur, usually in the late afternoon.

Watch for flash flooding and lighting.

The many open spaces in Wyoming make it a very bad idea to stay outside during a thunderstorm.

Lighting can go a long way around a storm. You don’t have to stand under the rain to get hit by a lightning bolt.

The good news is that those storms don’t last long, so you can get back outside right away when they pass.

Laramie Peak Wyoming bison

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Gallery credit: Glenn Woods

The Lighthouses Of Wyoming

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Gallery credit: Glenn Woods

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