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Old 02-04-2016, 12:22 PM
 
Location: CO/UT/AZ/NM Catch me if you can!
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How cold and how long does it have to be cold to off the pine beetles, or at least significantly cut them down?
I have seen estimates that night time lows in the mountains need to fall to - 20 F to - 40 F, preferably for several weeks at a time. The current outbreak of beetle is an unprecedented epidemic. Forests in both the Canadian and American Rockies are becoming decimated. As of 2013 264,000 acres of lodgepole and ponderosa pine had been destroyed in Colorado alone. This is why I cry when I go up in the San Juans these days.

 
Old 02-04-2016, 07:12 PM
 
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The pine beetle epidemic will have lasting consequences that extend beyond just the trees. Clark's Nutcrackers depend on them for food, when they're gone, the birds are gone. The loss of the trees decimates snow pack and increases erosion, raises the water table - a whole cascading host of consequences....
 
Old 02-05-2016, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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5 below zero yesterday morning, an inch of snow overnight and this morning another snow band is moving through. Forecast for next week is sunshine and temps in the high 40's. I for one, am looking forward to a thaw.
 
Old 02-16-2016, 10:22 PM
 
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A sizable front went through Mesa County yesterday kicking off a heck of a rain.

And it's done plenty of damage. A massive rock slide has got Interstate 70 westbound closed. And this slide is huge. Westbound I-70 closed most likely until Saturday. U.s. 40 and U.S. 50 are your only alternatives to get over to Mesa County.
 
Old 02-18-2016, 12:20 PM
 
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Another front rolling through Western Colorado this morning. 55 mph gusts in Craig, 75 mph gusts in Montrose, plenty of wind in between. No moisture in Mesa Country but KKCO-11 reports that 4 to 6 inches of snow is forecast in the high country north of I-70 and 6 to 8 inches of snow south of I-70. And this system should blow out of here Friday morning.
 
Old 02-18-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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I've heard of damage in the Montrose area due to the wind. Barns, trees and signs down. It's absolutely Wizard of Oz howling outside. I'm waiting to see a cow flying by.
 
Old 02-18-2016, 02:32 PM
 
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Old 02-18-2016, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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It hasn't been verified yet, but an anemometer on Monarch Pass recorded a 148mph gust tonight. If true it would break the state record for biggest gust (147mph).
 
Old 02-19-2016, 07:03 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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It hasn't been verified yet, but an anemometer on Monarch Pass recorded a 148mph gust tonight. If true it would break the state record for biggest gust (147mph).

I can believe it. There was a 100mph gust near Telluride.
 
Old 02-19-2016, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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First windstorm here in the springs for us and it was intense last night and this morning (between n CoS and Monument).
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