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Old 02-20-2014, 10:42 AM
Status: "Sleepless in the San Juans" (set 17 hours ago)
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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The System was DOA here in the Four Corners. We had some overcast skies for a few hours and a few gusts of wind. No moisture. Today is sunny and cool with higher temps expected to resume tomorrow.

 
Old 02-20-2014, 10:44 PM
 
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The wind is howling tonight. Crazy weather, but that is what people told me about Colorado just wait a bit and the weather will change.

Charlie.
 
Old 02-22-2014, 02:25 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Howling wind today.

US National Weather Service Grand Junction Colorado


Areas of snow and blowing snow will continue for the northern and central Colorado mountains the rest of today and tonight with improving conditions Sunday lasting into Monday. The rest of the area will see mostly clear to partly cloudy skies and generally dry weather. Unsettled and slightly cooler conditions return the middle of the coming week.
 
Old 02-22-2014, 08:57 PM
 
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Unfortunately, we are entering the period of the year when winds are generally the most persistent and strong over much of the region. In areas with low or no snowcover, the wind can be brutally desiccating to soil moisture. The "Black Blizzards" of the Dust Bowl in the 1930's on Colorado's Eastern Plains occurred with the most severity in March and April. A lot of snowpack can simply sublimate--evaporate without passing through the liquid state, thus lost to the ground it covers. Way too much of Colorado and the Southwest is already in rough shape for drought conditions. This kind of windy weather will only make it worse.
 
Old 02-22-2014, 11:16 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Unfortunately, we are entering the period of the year when winds are generally the most persistent and strong over much of the region. In areas with low or no snowcover, the wind can be brutally desiccating to soil moisture. The "Black Blizzards" of the Dust Bowl in the 1930's on Colorado's Eastern Plains occurred with the most severity in March and April. A lot of snowpack can simply sublimate--evaporate without passing through the liquid state, thus lost to the ground it covers. Way too much of Colorado and the Southwest is already in rough shape for drought conditions. This kind of windy weather will only make it worse.
It looks like we could see a lot of snow in March. This would be good news indeed. As a side note California is expected to get a lot of rain and snow as well.


This is from the national weather service in Pueblo:

A lion-like March? A strong jet stream has developed over the central Pacific. This jet energy is expected to slowly translate to the east, and should begin impacting the West Coast and eventually the Rockies by the latter half of next week. This could potentially bring a period of stormy weather to our area for the first part of March...so stay tuned!
 
Old 02-23-2014, 08:11 AM
 
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As bad a shape as much of the Southwest is in for moisture, central and southern California is in much worse shape. If a wet March does not develop, they will be in probably the most dire water situation in a century. Considering that, despite California's massive overpopulation and other problems, it remains the US's Number 1 agricultural state in diversity of crops, so the effects of that water shortage will be felt nationwide. Something that I find absolutely appalling about today's (mostly metropolitan) Americans is that they don't have a clue where their food comes from, and just how fragile the food supply chain to them is becoming. They think of a serious drought as nothing more than a news bite or small inconvenience to them. It will be a harsh awakening when they realize it can, and probably will be much more than that at some point.
 
Old 02-23-2014, 08:48 AM
 
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jazzlover wrote: Americans don't have a clue where their food comes from

Everybody knows that it comes from.....the supermarket!
 
Old 02-23-2014, 08:57 AM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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As bad a shape as much of the Southwest is in for moisture, central and southern California is in much worse shape. If a wet March does not develop, they will be in probably the most dire water situation in a century. Considering that, despite California's massive overpopulation and other problems, it remains the US's Number 1 agricultural state in diversity of crops, so the effects of that water shortage will be felt nationwide. Something that I find absolutely appalling about today's (mostly metropolitan) Americans is that they don't have a clue where their food comes from, and just how fragile the food supply chain to them is becoming. They think of a serious drought as nothing more than a news bite or small inconvenience to them. It will be a harsh awakening when they realize it can, and probably will be much more than that at some point.
The forecast calls for snow/ rain and a lot of the area you just talked about in March but time will tell. However according to Bureau of Reclamation as of now the Arkansas frying pan is going to have a lot of water for the cities and frames.

This is from the Chieftain:


If snow continues, valley cities and farms could reap benefits

ROCKY FORD The Bureau of Reclamation has estimated a banner year for Fryingpan-Arkansas flows with a disclaimer.

See more at: The Pueblo Chieftain | If snow continues, valley cities and farms could
 
Old 02-23-2014, 09:03 AM
 
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^The frames are overjoyed!
 
Old 02-23-2014, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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.day one...today and tonight

scattered snow and blowing snow over portions of the colorado
northern and central mountains will gradually diminish today.
Visibility will occasionally be reduced to less than 3 miles over
vail and rabbit ears passes...mainly this morning.

.days two through seven...monday through saturday

a series of disturbances will produce persistent snow and blowing
snow...mainly in the northern and central colorado mountains
through monday through wednesday of next week. Mountain travel
may be hazardous at times...especially over rabbit ears and vail
passes.

The next significant winter storm is possible thursday through
saturday when a stronger pacific storm is expected to affect the
area. There will be a chance of valley rain and mountain snow
across eastern utah and western colorado.
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