Healthy snowfall from November through April has not only erased the crippling drought across Colorado, but it’s also kept our snowpack at the highest level we’ve seen in two years!
The weather changed rapidly across El Paso County late Friday afternoon. Storm clouds brought rain, hail, and a blast of cold air. In Eastern El Paso County a funnel cloud formed and a tornado touched down 5 miles southeast of Falcon. Viewers shared video and pictures of their experience.
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We see it here all the time in the cold season. The air temperature is 40F, and it’s snowing! Weren’t we taught in school, that 32F is the freezing point (of pure water) and that snow/ice melts at 33F and above? So, how can it be snowing at 36F, 38F, 40F? Are we seeing things? Is it a mirage?!
The National Weather Service tweeted Thursday night that last week’s bomb cyclone blizzard set multiple weather records around southern Colorado.
Huge snow over the past few months has provided incredible relief to the drought situation that has plagued Colorado throughout the last year. Several factors,
Spring can be a real crap-shoot here in Colorado. You can have thunderstorms one afternoon and snow the next night. Everyone knows the saying, “Wait 5 minutes, and the weather will change.” But, are you actually prepared for what’s to come? Most say, “Kinda”, most say it is important, and most are not.
How did we get such a strong blizzard?
What does it take to get to a real “blizzard”?
Heavy snows last week have helped to dramatically cut back drought levels across central and western Colorado.
The snow is probably partly due to a developing El Nino, enhancing the southern branch of the U.S. Jet stream, and the pattern will likely continue into Spring. This is outstanding news for an area that has been drought-stricken.
In late Summer and Autumn, we were in the midst of a moderate La Niña, which is a cooling of surface waters off the north west coast of South America into the mid-Pacific.
A new satellite from NOAA, GOES-17, will hopefully improve forecasting for the western United States and Pacific Ocean.
Picture our topography here in Colorado. Tall mountain chain, Plains east. Winds usually come over these mountains, from west to east. Imagine a pool of cold air in the Plains, banked up against the mountains.
Weather of any kind, typically comes at us from repeated directions. In fact, most weather moves west to east.