Looks like it is getting to be summer thunderstorm season already. This is the time of year when Colorado’s eastern plains receive most of their annual precipitation. Many small draws, gullies, and ravines on the plains are dry for much of the year, until a big thunderstorm rolls over and drops a lot of rain. The result can be a flash flood. CNHP ecologist Renée Rondeau took these photos in southeastern Colorado after a teriffic storm.
The next day, you can see the flood debris held by the shrubs. Intact vegetation is important for preventing erosion during these severe weather events.