Colorado Snowpack
Western U.S. snowpack and reservoir storage update; new drought numbers are in
Considering the recent flow of moisture toward the western U.S. from the Pacific (atmospheric river events), let's check in on how the water situation looks presently, particularly the Colorado River system. Just after Christmas, a series of atmospheric rivers brought dangerous amounts of rain and snow to California during a 3-week period. So
Snowfall Forecast
Colorado weather: Mountain snow will be heavy at times, when and where we might see snow across Eastern CO
As the latest storm in a series of systems that continue to bring amazing amounts of rain and snow to the west coast is moving inland this morning. It'll track across the Great Basin today and tonight, and bring another round of moderate to heavy snow for our mountains early Wednesday, with some of that rain and snow pushing across the plains during the day Wednesday. The ongoing atmospheric river that has pushed anomalous moisture into Cali
Atmospheric River
Atmospheric River: how much moisture hits Colorado and Denver's next chance for snow
We've written about the wet weather pattern across the western US, especially with this latest storm slamming into California, but a lot of that water will not make it to Colorado, which leaves Denver's snow chances low for quite awhile. Atmospheric River delivering torrential rain, snow, and wind to California; significant flooding possible this weekOne storm is not a drought buster, however, the current extended pattern in place over California could make a significant dent in the ongoing dro
Atmospheric River
Atmospheric River delivering torrential rain, snow, and wind to California; significant flooding possible this week
One storm is not a drought buster, however, the current extended pattern in place over California could make a significant dent in the ongoing drought there – but at a cost. Precipitation totals along coastal California (northern California in particular) have been significant over the last 14 days, with heavy snow inundating the Sierra Nevada mountains – delivering feet upon feet of snow, and precipitation totals in excess of 10" over the two week period. Snowfall over the last seven days:
Colorado Weather
Colorado weather: Next system will deliver heavy mountain snow, with some snow for Northeast Colorado as well
We hope everyone had a very merry holiday weekend, and are enjoying the thaw after last week's deep freeze – assuming you were lucky enough to avoid the thawing of frozen pipes! Temperatures today will be near 50°F across the greater Denver metro area, with highs near 60°F on Tuesday. We should manage one more mostly mild day Wednesday before our our next weather system arrives Wednesday evening. Here's your hourly planner if you live along the urban corridor: The chance of precipitation mov
State of the Atmosphere
The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, January 24th, 2021
Well, we are quickly approaching the end of the first month of 2021, and if you were hoping the year would turn things around in the snow department, you can probably pile this on to the list of disappointments to start the year! I say probably, as we do still have a chance for some snow this week, but odds of anything significant across Northeast Colorado look low. Officially Denver has recorded just 1.9" of snow so far this month, well below the longterm average of 6.5" for January. It's pos