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Old 02-24-2010, 06:09 PM
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I misssed out on the Colorado weather biggies, but I was lucky enough to live thru Hurricane Camille, a monster category 5 hurricane that ravaged the Biloxi Mississippi area in '69. Just got back from a two week leave the day before it hit. As soon as I got off the plane in Mobile AL, I could sense that something nasty was brewing out in the gulf. It was an utterly unsettling feeling.....the so-called calm before the storm. When I got back to Keesler AFB, things got pretty crazy very rapidly. We all spent a frightful nigh in the halls of the barracks, and awoke to absolute destruction in the morning. I can still see it clearly in my mind more than 40 years later.

I'm thankful to be living away from the coasts. Colorado is a good place to be for those who fear hurricanes! That hurricane crap is pretty scary stuff. Also lived thru Hurricane Isabel in Virginia Beach, but that was a minor cat 1 storm. Because of the direction in which the wind was blowing we kept the front door open thru the entire storm which made it easier to hear the howling wind, along with the trees and tree branches cracking and thudding against the ground. The little cat 1 storm knocked out the power for 10 days. Cat 1 storms are still scary though. Blizzards are rather tame in comparison, at least the ones I've experienced.

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Old 02-25-2010, 12:23 PM
Location: Fort Collins, USA
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None of this changes the fact that Colorado is essentially a pretty arid state, located a long way from the major sources of its moisture. That makes the climatic precipation patterns here both fairly dry and relatively unreliable from year to year. Long-time Coloradans understand that, but many "newbies" don't. And, sadly we continue to encourage population growth and poor water management practices that are severely straining a somewhat capricious and overappropriated water supply.
I'm sure people that are in agriculture are more attuned to their environment then urban dwellers (they have to be if they are to survive economically). But I've lived in Colorado for almost 30 years and to the extent that there is any conservation ethic (still fairly anemic, IMO) it's a recent phenonenom. For example, when I moved to Fort Collins in 1991, the average per capita water consumption was around 250 gallons per person/ per day. Now it's 150 gallons per person/per day even though the city is still mostly bluegrass lawns. Water was unmetered and there were abundant supplies in 1991, and people watered to excess. In fact, you can find a lot of "old timers" who defend the bluegrass lawn as a Colorado tradition. I've had to explain repeatedly to people that the urban landscape along the Colorado Front Range is artifical and would not survive without irrigation and it's not all newcomers or out-of-staters who don't know this.
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Old 02-25-2010, 07:10 PM
Location: NOCO
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Its always disappointing when people have problems on the roads in winter (and summer, in that matter). I try to alter my driving style to make the people around me safer when there is snow on the ground, especially since I'm usually on the roads before plowing. The conditions aren't as dangerous as a group of people in thousand pound plus machines grouped together in the conditions. I do get angry about all the salt use on the roads, the overconfidence it inspires on cleared and salted roads doesn't translate well to when that's not the case.

Im surprised the real estate agent didn't give her the "It doesn't snow here much at all, and when it does, it melts fast, and in the rare case that it sticks, that guy down the street plows the roads and driveways for free"
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