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.
When snow falls, the temperature where it forms, dictates the shape it takes. It takes a shape most efficient with regards to the temperature. As it falls, it may encounter a wide variety of temps on it’s way down. The air temp may help keep it frozen, or melt it.
Over the last 10 years, February is the single most dangerous month for avalanches in Colorado. Over a quarter of the fatal avalanche accidents happened during this month. We would like to break that pattern, but that requires your active participation.
Usually, these are terms in use by Meteorologists for decades, yet they’ve only recently become relevant on the News side of the business. Earlier we discussed the ‘Pineapple Express.’
Just as there are other circulations like El Nino or La Nina, or the North Atlantic Oscillation, there are “moisture rivers”, sometimes referred to as “Atmospheric Rivers”.
What does a Red Flag Warning mean?
It was almost two years ago…in late April 2017…in Baca County…that a late-season snow storm…with winds up to 60 mph…wind chills well below zero, and drifts exceeding five feet high…killed hundreds of cattle, (sometimes while standing up, in the snow drifts.)
Globally, 2018 was 4th warmest on record, and 9 of the last 10 years make up the top ten list.
And that’s just heat.
It’s been warm for the past few months, but when does Spring actually get here?
Impressive cold settles into areas of the United States.
It might surprise you to know several things regarding this topic. One is that, “Blizzard Warnings” are far from uncommon, in southeastern Colorado. We are actually a part of the “Blizzard corridor”, much like “Tornado Alley”. This corridor runs from southeastern Colorado, to Minnesota. More warnings are issued for this region, than any other in the Country.
Also, a Blizzard Warning has absolutely nothing to do with how much snow falls!
Because you’ll only see the Storm Impact Scale on KOAA 5, we want you to have a place on the web that you can go to, to refer to the specifics of the scale.
When do we typically get the most snow?