Colorado Floods Set 24-Hour Rainfall Record: 11.85 Inches

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Colorado is poised to get a new rainfall record because of September’s flooding.

While that may not be very surprising, the location of the record is.

Weather experts announced Monday that they’ve confirmed that 11.85 inches of rain fell over 24 hours at a rain gauge at Fort Carson on Sept. 12, 2013. More than two-thirds of that fell in over just three hours.

While northern Colorado had more total rain over a larger area in September, state climatologist Nolan Doesken says no official record is kept for most rainfall in a week.

The new proposed record breaks the previous one-day, official rainfall total of 11.08 inches in Holly in 1965.

The National Climate Data Center must approve the new record before it goes into the books.

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