Weather Science

Is Cold Air Damming a real thing?

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.

What is a Backdoor Cold Front?

Weather of any kind, typically comes at us from repeated directions. In fact, most weather moves west to east.

What’s this “Fluff Factor”?

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.

Avalanche

Avalanche on Monarch Pass remind us to never take chances

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.

Ever heard of “Channelization”?

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.’

Ever heard of 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”.

Blizzard warnings explained

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!

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