The Fog Comes In On Little Cat Feet
In the bleak mid-winter
Frosty wind made moan,
Earth stood hard as iron,
Water like a stone;
Snow had fallen, snow on snow,
Snow on snow,
In the bleak mid-winter
---Christina Rossetti (born on this date in 1830)
Allen Schlag, a National Weather Service hydrologist in Bismarck, and Greg Gust, a weather service meteorologist in Grand Forks, said a combination of cold, dense air last weekend and an eddy in the river likely caused the disk. The cold, dense air — the air pressure Saturday in nearby Fargo was a record high for the city for the month of November, according to Gust — turned the river water into ice, but since the water was relatively warm it didn't happen all at once. Floating bits of ice got caught in the eddy and started to spin in a circle.
The worst blizzard in recorded history of South Dakota just swept through the state. Tens of thousands of cattle are predicted dead and the much of the state is still without power. The Rapid City Journal reports, ”Tens of thousands of cattle lie dead across South Dakota on Monday following a blizzard that could become one of the most costly in the history of the state’s agriculture industry.” The only reason I know this is because my parent’s ranch ... lies in the storm’s epicenter ... I searched the national news for more information. Nothing. Not a single report on any of major news sources that I found. Not CNN, not the NY Times, not MSNBC. I thought, Well, it is early and the state remains without power and encased in snow, perhaps tomorrow. So I checked again the next day. Nothing. It has now been four days and no national news coverage.
Rapid City Journal: Tens of thousands of cattle killed in Friday's blizzard, ranchers say
Flooding in the Front Range
Massive flash flooding across the Front Range of Colorado has resulted in at least two deaths, the destruction of multiple homes and several road closures Thursday morning.
The first reported fatality occurred from a collapsed structure in Jamestown said Andrew Barth, spokesman for the Boulder Office of Emergency Management.
Rain continued to pour throughout the night and morning, causing mud slides and rock slides.
Video of water rescue from a washed-out road near Broomfield:
Following the recent tornado outbreaks in the Plains, NOAA is cancelling the furlough plan for the entire organization, which includes the National Weather Service. NOAA faced strong Congressional pressure not to furlough National Weather Service employees (which was meant to be a cost savings measure in response to the budget sequester).
Spring in Colorado
by Tom Hennen
Snow is falling west of here. The mountains have more than a foot of it. I see the early morning sky dark as night. I won't listen to the weather report. I'll let the question of snow hang. Answers only dull the senses. Even answers that are right often make what they explain uninteresting. In nature the answers are always changing. Rain to snow, for instance. Nature can let the mysterious things alone—wet leaves plastered to tree trunks, the intricate design of fish guts. The way we don't fall off the earth at night when we look up at the North Star. The way we know this may not always be so. The way our dizziness makes us grab the long grass, hanging by our fingertips on the edge of infinity.
from Darkness Sticks to Everything
The weather's changing here in Denver - Blizzard warning: Prepare. Avoid Travel. Check media.
Appropriately there is a BIG blizzard in the Northeast today
At first it was called the Weather Bureau and it was part of the War Department. It became a civilian agency 20 years later, under the Department of Agriculture, and then was switched to the Commerce Department in 1940. These days, the National Weather Service is based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. It plays a very big role in making sure that American air travel is safe, providing up-to-minute weather updates to air traffic controller centers across the nation.
It's been mild in Colorado, but elsewhere...
-- ~John Ruskin
Worchester, England — Britons may remember 2012 as the year the weather spun off its rails in a chaotic concoction of drought, deluge and flooding, but the unpredictability of it all turns out to have been all too predictable: Around the world, extreme has become the new commonplace.
Heat, Flood or Icy Cold, Extreme Weather Rages Worldwide. Remember: Global warming doesn't just mean the Earth is getting warmer - it means more ENERGY is in the system and thus the weather is getting weirder.
Here's Lake Braddock from the bedroom window. This isn't the highest we've seen it, but also not a great day to sit on that bench.
Lake Braddock, east of Washington D.C., showing flooding after Hurricane Sandy.
In the best case scenario, a storm is never named. It putters out well before it reaches land, or if on land, it's just a lot of rain, a regular annoying damp day but nothing dangerous, definitely not a hurricane, and no one is any the wiser. That storm hasn't hurt even a flea, that we know of. Other times storms start small and rise to an occasion of terror, becoming quite powerful and doing dreadful things. Sometimes they do a little damage, and sometimes it's so much it takes many years of recovery. There's one named Isaac heading up the coast right now, causing power outages, flooding, and all sorts of trouble. But along with the existence of tropical storms and hurricanes as weather patterns ranging from highly destructive to a temporary, relatively painless blip on the radar, there also exists this strange "humanizing" thing we do with major storms: We insist on naming them. How does that work, exactly?
Something in the Water?
Recently some Arvada residents have noticed a distinctive taste and smell in their drinking water. With a prolonged string of temperatures at or surpassing 90 degrees this summer, the water temperature in the reservoir has raised to the point where an algae bloom has occurred. As algae die off, these small plants release natural compounds that give the water an unpleasant taste. In addition, tastes and smells generally become more pronounced in warm water.
A matter of degree
Traditionally the road is not cleared of deep snow until Memorial Day. This year marks the third-earliest opening in the high, scenic pass .
The North Wind Doth Blow
The North wind doth blow and we shall have snow,
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.
Drift of snow hanging on our roof - part of the big Denver weekend blizzard. Photo by Ben Pettis.
Biggest February snowfall on record
This doesn't factor in wind-blown drifts of course. My major concern now is whether my low-slung little car can negotiate the mounds of snow in the streets. Guess I won't venture out again today.
Big storm hitting the Denver Metro Area! 6"-22" of accumulation is expected today and tomorrow. I shoveled a good foot of snow from the sidewalks so far. School was cancelled last night -a first for Jeffco Schools. I'm working from home as well. Spring may be on its way but it doesn't look like it today.
- ~Carl Reiner
And what will poor robin do then, poor thing?
He'll sit in a barn and keep himself warm
and hide his head under his wing, poor thing.
--Traditional Nursery Rhyme
An Addendum to Jason's posting yesterday:
We tied a record for a high temperature yesterday--98 degrees.
It seems that summer saves a few hot days for the beginning of school so that teachers and kids can swelter miserably in un-air conditioned classrooms...at least that's how I remember it!
Airplanes can cause rain, snow according to a new study.
It turns out, when an aeroplane passes through one of these clouds the movement of air around the tips of the propeller, or over the wings of a jet, causes a sudden cooling of the air, sometimes down to the critical point where the droplets freeze. They then can fall to earth as snow or rain, depending on whether or not the air is warm enough to melt them on the way down.
It's the day before the first day of Summer and we are having snow in Colorado's mountains. It's cold and heavy rain down on the flat-land.
Rain, rain go away
Come again another day
(but not too soon...)
Rain to continiue till the weekend in Denver.Flash flood watches in effect. Tornadoes spotted near Broomfield. Ahhh, Springtime in Colorado!
These are beautiful works of art.
Temperatures are supposed to be in the 60's (!) for the next five days and our snow is melting fast. The splashback leads to a really dirty car, so today I drug out the hose and sprayed off my filthy Honda. It dried almost instantly because the wind is whipping around with gusts as high as the temperature.
Climate change has increased its importance.
It was on this day in 1870 that the U.S. National Weather Service was established.
At first it was called the Weather Bureau and it was part of the War Department because, it was said, "military discipline would probably secure the greatest promptness, regularity, and accuracy in the required observations." It became a civilian agency 20 years later, under the Department of Agriculture, and then was switched to the Commerce Department in 1940. These days, the National Weather Service is based out of Silver Spring, Maryland. It plays a very big role in making sure that American air travel is safe, providing up-to-minute weather updates to air traffic controller centers across the nation.
This must have taken some skill...
Just watch... you'll see the car I'm referring to.
It's the 125th year of groundhog predictions
Blizzard hits the Midwest!
Not a good day to be Punxsutawney Phil (the Official Groundhog).
Cold sweeps the nation
"There is no bad weather, only bad clothing."
Drive Safe Out There!
It's not your imagination--Climate Change
The figures show that nine of the 10 warmest years on record have occurred since the beginning of 2001.
Winter storm warnings today in Colorado
Blow, Blow, thou Winter Wind
by William Shakespeare
Blow, blow, thou winter wind,
Thou art not so unkind
As man's ingratitude, as man's ingratitude.
Though thou the waters warp,
Thy teeth are not so sharp,
Although thy breath be rude, although thy breath be rude.
Tea lovers take note: India's farmers say climate change is hurting tea growers.
Growers in tropical Assam state, India's main tea growing region, say rising temperatures have led not only to a drop in production but to subtle, unwelcome changes in the flavor of their brews.
December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse
December 2010 Blizzard Timelapse from Michael Black on Vimeo. Filmed using a Canon DLSR on tripod with remote timer taking a photo once every five minutes. Timeframe: Approximately 20 hours in 40 seconds.
And fall starts next Thursday...
Denver broke a record for heat Sunday with a temperature of 96 degrees. The old record was 93 degrees. The poor Broncos had to play in this heat, but they still managed to beat the Seattle Seahawks.
Monday another heat record fell. It was 94 degrees today! My air conditioner is running right now!
I don't remember it being that bad...
Casper, Wyoming has been named among a list of cities said by the Farmers' Almanac to be America's worst, in terms of weather.
The Farmers' Almanac's "Ten Worst Weather Cities" appears in the 194-year-old publication's 2011 edition. Casper came in as the nation's third worst winter city, after Syracuse, N.Y. and Duluth, Minn.
With 181 days of sub-freezing temperatures each year, Casper' winter is exceptionally long and cold. Snow is common, and has occurred as early as September and as late as early June. The average daily winter temperature is 22°F on average.
The cold is only compounded by the fact that Casper is among the top five windiest spots in the nation, with wind gusts clocked at over 60 m.p.h.
Christmas in July?
Virga is defined as "rain or snow that evaporates before hitting the ground". It makes for a pretty sky. Native Americans in the southwest call virga "walking rain".
It's a very warm 70 degrees outside and I just finished washing my car for the first time in over a year. My problem was that my old hose didn't reach far enough to do the job in the driveway. I bought a new (100 foot) hose last week on special at Home Depot, and now I'm all set.
12 inches in Broomfield
I thought it was difficult getting around in a foot of snow this morning, but take a look at the poor Mama Eagle sitting on her eggs in the snow: Fort St. Vrain Eagle Cam
Small dog warnings
A Chihuahua named Tinker Bell was blown away by a 70-mph wind gust. Amazingly she was found two days later.
The snow continues to come down; we've collected 16-inches on the back picnic table so far. The kids have a second snow-day off from school. This is a thick, wet, heavy snow, so there's a number of tree limbs down throughout the neighborhood. It'll be a slow drive to work today.
No school today as a big winter storm works its way across the Denver metro area. We could see snow totals between 10"-18" by the time this is all over.
To celebrate a weekend of snow in April, here's Ten Cases of Extreme Weather.
Spring is here, a day when most Denver residents are delighted to say, "Good riddance, winter, and don't let the door hit your ice on the way out." Odd thing, though. This feels like the winter that wasn't.DenverPost.com: The Winter that Wasn't.
I like not having to shovel, but...
It's La Nina that is causing the very mild, warm winter Colorado has been experiencing. And the forecast is for three more months of the same.
Small dog warnings
A high wind warning is in effect for the Denver metro area this morning. Steady winds from 20-40 mph will be broken up by gusts from 60-80 mph. Hope my roof is stuck on tight. The house is rocking!
I walked my dogs early this morning with a temperature of -9 degrees. I checked later and discovered the wind chill temp was -36 degrees! No wonder my fingers were frostbite tingly after only five minutes!
We got 3.9 inches of very dry snow yesterday, but the mountains got new snow measured in feet!
Cold or mild?
Farmer's Almanac predictions for winter 08-09--depends on where you live.
It's still summer!
As the rain clouds finally lifted we could see snow on the mountains! It looks more like October than August to the west of here.
It's a global warming issue
Cyclone Nargis kills 100,000 in Myanmar
What's the difference between a hurricane, typhoon, and cyclone? Turns out it depends on where the storm began.
Lion Vs Lamb
March 2008 started out both Lion and Lamb - we had a beautiful first day of the month, followed by snow and cold. It's been the same way since - really warm, spring-like weather followed by snow, which melts off in a couple days. Today we have two to three inches of slushy snow that will probably melt off by Wednesday. The week will be in the upper 50's with snow again for the weekend.
People look at the weather and say "what global warming?" but the truth is global warming means more energy is going into the planet's weather system. More energy produces more dynamic weather responses both in the summer and winter. That's why we can see record cold and increased snowfall in the winter, followed by a long, hot summer. One way to see the effects of global warming is by looking at Arctic Ice:
The Arctic is global warming's canary in the coal mine. It's a highly sensitive region, and it's being profoundly affected by the changing climate. Most scientists view what's happening now in the Arctic as a harbinger of things to come.The National Resources Defense Counsel has released this article: Global Warming Puts the Arctic on Thin Ice. It contains information on the ice melt situation, and while the NRDC is an "environmental action group" I believe their message reflects findings from the scientific community. Besides, even if we act on global warming and are wrong that it's our fault, how worse off will we be than if we do nothing about it at all?
From the "No Duh" Dept.
Snow heavier than expected. Driving home was a long trip with near-whiteout conditions. Mom reports she left for Choir practice as the snow started falling, but turned back when conditions got too rough. It took her an hour to drive back to Broomfield from Arvada.
"Snow-eater" at work
The Chinook winds have been at work today and our snow is disappearing fast. The streets are full of splashy puddles, and all the cars are dirty!
Too little too late
According to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (which just picked up its Nobel Peace Prize), we are in for a minimum of 90 more years of warming [no matter what we do to make changes].Quoted from Newsweek magazine Dec. 31, 2007
100 words for snow
We received three inches of snow last night, but after it fell the wind pushed most of it off the sidewalks, leaving behind a weird, lumpy, crunch, crusty, icy, thin cover of snow. It was kind of like the top of a creme brulee only not as sweet. I wonder what the Eskimo's would call it?
Cold, snowy, icy today, so...
Winter is on my head, but eternal spring is in my heart.
Victor Hugo, French poet, novelist, dramatist
Should I list this under Art or Weather?
While we have one more month of summer left, the crickets have gone crazy. The past few nights have had a couple chirping every now and again, but last night we heard five or six going at it non-stop. They were loud, too - it sounded like they were using our yard as a concert hall. Even this morning they were still going at it. First the crickets chrip, then the weather changes...
A global warming lesson from the Anasazi
Why did the Anasazi leave their cliff dwelling homes in what is now the Four Corners region? Anthropologists believe it was because of a severe, prolonged drought. And it look
HOT HOT HOT
We broke a record for heat yesterday, hitting 97 degrees. That's quite a bit over the old 94 degrees. Happily, it's forecast to be bit cooler today (80's).
The Metro Area spent most of last night hunkering down and getting ready, because there was "100%" chance of snow over night with accumulation up to 12-inches in the foothills. I got up at 5:00am to get ready to shovel. Instead, the sidewalk is dry as
What month is this?
Today it got up to 51°F. Tomorrow is supposed to be 42°F, and Friday is 34° and snow. Sure doesn't feel like April...
Yesterday morning and again this morning the neighborhood was full of birdsong as the sun rose in the East. We have tulips poking their stems up in the front, and the evergreen bushes are looking a little greener. With the time change, can spring be fa
Signs of Spring
This morning I heard two different V's of Canada geese flying over and honking loudly. I believe they're heading back North for the Summer. Also, the Bald Eagle is sittiing faithfully on her nest at the Posted by Kerry to Weather
The temperature was 71 degrees today in Denver! Yippee!
The Pioneer Spirit
Reminiscences from Aunt Lois:
My sympathy to you during this very cold winter. Your area has had it much worse than we have here in Central Iowa. High heating bills are a natural consequence of Polar Air and Wind Chills. I haven't heard the
Another storm has blown in bringing 2-6 inches of snow. While this isn't a big storm, we are running into some trouble: there's no place to put the snow when we shovel it off the driveway. The piles left over from the last storms are still 4-6 FEET hig
It's still winter
Another snowstorm has come through dropping 3-4 inches overnight. The new snow brings a couple benefits:
- The temperature has gone up: yesterday it was 1°F, and today it's up to 16°F!
- Ben needs an "at-home" service project for a cub
"The Ununited States, When It Comes to the Weather"
The New York Times reports on the idea that, because the United States is so large, we don't have "national
Hold on to your hat!
More wild weather--Yesterday several major roadways in the Broomfield area were closed due to blowing and drifting snow. It wasn't new snow, just the accumulation from the three snowstorms we've had. Winds of 72 mph were recorded in Broomfield and a gu
Another weekend, another snowstorm
If I had wanted to live in Buffao, NY I would have moved there! This is getting old, old, old. After two days of temps close to 50 and lots of nice melting, we now have a 9 inch coating of new snow over the old dirty drifts. I had finally establish
Here We Go Again
A winter storm watch covers the Denver Metro Area and the Front Range. The snow started falling around 11:00am today, and by the time I got home at 5 o'clock three to four inches had accumulated. Right now it's falling at a rate of about an inch an hou
Yesterday, just before dark, the shoveling crew from the homeowners' association got a start on digging out my area. There were 6 of them armed with shovels and they managed to clear one lane in each driveway in the subdivision. Today they came back th
First Day of Winter
Yep, today is the Winter Solstice and Colorado "celebrated" it in style! We got 30 inches of snow in Broomfield, with drifts 4 to 5 feet high due to the strong winds that came with the snow. It has stopped now, but nothing is moving--streets are empty,
Scenes from a Blizzard 2006
Colorado was hit by its biggest winter storm in three years yesterday. The snow started falling early yesterday morning and did not stop until 11:00 today. We have two to three feet with drifts up to four. The entire metro area is shut down, with the a
There are winter mornings when the cold without
only adds to the warmth within,
and the more it snows and the harder it blows,
brighter the fires blaze.
October means Snow
A big storm blew in last night, bring heavy, wet snow. It should continue through noon, dumping two to seven inches. There was a potential for school closures, so Ben had both the TV running, and the 9News
The lawn maintenance people in my neighborhood were here Friday blowing out the sprinklers. Another sign of changing seasons. Hopefully we won't get two feet of snow like Buffalo, NY did this past week. I'd like more autumn before real winter hits.
Political will is a renewable resource.
Last night I attended a showing of "An Inconvenient Truth", Al Gore's film about global warming. I found it to be convincing, depressing, but ultimately impressive in its arguements. Here<
Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.
Last day of summer
In typical Colorado style, we are having winter weather on this last day of summer. We have had wind and cold rain down here on the flats, and they got snow above 8000 feet in the mountains today. Tomorrow's highs for us will only be in the 50's and on
The signs are everywhere
How do I know fall is around the corner? We had to turn on the furnace on Saturday as the mornings were so chilly, and the kids are asking for extra blankets. Finally, May got out her flannel sheets. All we need now is some Posted by Jason to Weather
And yet ANOTHER sign of Fall
I fill my bird feeder each morning and, during the summer, it is empty by 2:00 in the afternoon. This morning when I filled the feeder there was still a little seed left in the bottom. Guess the songbirds are starting to head South.
Still another sign of Fall
I was in a fabric store on Saturday and they had out all their costume patterns and Halloween-related bolts of cloth. I guess Moms do need a couple of months to get costumes together, so maybe it's not really so early after all. Pirate costumes seemed
Bitter winter, big heating bills ahead
The Farmers' Almanac winter forecast for 2006-2007 says frigid temps are ahead for most of the US this winter. Almanac forecaster Caleb Weatherbee says:
It will b
Rain fall brings rock fall
The heavy rains the metro area has been receiving has loosened rocks along the foothills. "A boulder the size of a small car slid onto an unoccupied vehicle on U.S. 6 in Clear Creek Can
Told you it was hot!
Too Hot Too Soon
April Flowers, May Snow Showers
The power went out at 3:30 this morning. It seemed like there was a storm going on outside - I thought I saw flashes of lightning. However this morning there was a quarter inch of snow on the grass and trees, and I had to scrape ice and crusty snow fro
Springtime in Colorado
More on global warming
When they said it was going to snow they weren't kidding. Yesterday it was in the upper 50's,
Are you rusted yet?
Why do I continue to read the weather forecast in the paper each day and believe it??? Slow learner, I guess. Sure am glad I didn't ride my scooter to work this morning (when it was
Song of Solomon 2:11-12
Happy First day of Spring!
I received new gloves for Christmas and put them to good use shoveling the walks this mor
We got our first official freeze of the season yesterday, Oct. 14th. It reached 32 degrees at DIA's National Weather Service station at 2:16 A.M.
Our front yard tree - the one that turns first in the neighborhood - has gone
If you think it's been wetter than usual this month, you're right. Denver has received nearly twice as much moisture in August as normal.
2.84 inches of rain=total for August 2004
1.62 inches= normal for August
An "extreme winter" is predicted by the Farmer's Almanac for the 2004 season. The 188 year old almanac uses a closely guarded secret formula to calculate the weather, and clai
We have had an unusually wet, cool summer after a five year drought in Colorado, but weather experts say it will take a whole season of good snow this winter to provide meaningful relief. We may be off to a good start since Friday it