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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, August 11th, 2019
The biggest takeaway today is the threat of damaging weather Sunday afternoon and evening. "Scattered thunderstorms will develop over the mountains by noon and spread across the northeast plains during the afternoon and evening hours. Storms may become severe on the plains, especially least a line from Limon to New Raymer. Impacts will be large hail up to 2 inches in diameter, damaging winds to 60 mph, and even a brief tornado. Very heavy rain may also be a factor with rainfall rates up to 2 in
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, June 30th, 2019
Denver made up a little ground on the lack of 90° days this past week with today being the 5th in a row. With that said, the streak ends with cooler days ahead due to more thunderstorm activity. Even with the recent warm spell, June will end as a cooler than average month for Denver, Colorado, and really much of the country aside from the West Coast and Southeast: It'll depend on your exact spot for being above or below average precipitation-wise, but overall a bias toward above average prec
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, November 4, 2018
On tap, another week with temperature swings and hit and miss precipitation chances. We aren't likely, however, to see the temperature swing of last week which was from 79°F to 29°F between hottest and coldest temperatures recorded over the week. This week overall will be a cooler one. We may, however, see a similar precipitation total for the week by the time we post next week's SOTA. Why do we italicize may? You'll see. Let's begin with a 'top-down approach.' Here is the middle of the atmo
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, September 23, 2018
Fall has arrived, and by Tuesday it might actually feel it across eastern Colorado. Temperatures have climbed into the upper 80s across the region this afternoon (88°F so far for a high at our station in Denver ), but cooler weather on the way. Tuesday will feature highs in the upper 70s to low 80s in Denver, followed by a markedly cooler day on Tuesday, with daytime highs in the 60s for the city. GFS MOS guidance has a high of 66°F in Denver on Tuesday, with the NAM MOS t
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, September 16th, 2018
Quiet weather remains following a week of record heat for Denver, however, there is a cooler outlook late this week and for the week following. Note that we are saying cooler, not colder. Just a quick mention of Denver's record heat: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday tied or set new record highs. Sunday, today, may also set a record high. While we 'baked' the weather pattern was clearly more active to our east with the arrival of Hurricane Florence, where dangerous flooding continu
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday June 10th, 2018
Unusual heat continues but there is a cool off coming Monday and Tuesday. Well, if you even want to call it a cool off as temperatures will only drop by about 10º to 15ºF. Since last Monday, temperatures have been in the 90s for the city; a stretch of 7 consecutive days including 3 record highs: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday tied record highs – all of which were 95ºF. Sunday closed out the streak, with our station reporting a toasty 99ºF as of 3:15pm. This is far from
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, September 14, 2015
It's been a slow six weeks around here, with sparse delivery of State of the Atmospheres recently as the state has been rather predictable: clear, warm, and calm. The start to September for the eastern two thirds of United States has been a hot one, and not surprisingly, Denver is currently running several degrees above normal for the month. Officially, the temperature is running 4.2° F above average through the first 13 days of the month. Many of the analogs Brian Bledsoe [/author/brian-bleds
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, December 28, 2014
A lot to get to in this week’s State of the Atmosphere with cold and snow on the way this week. The cold will rival that of our November outbreak and will settle in tonight through at least Wednesday. Snowfall will generally be light with this system, but a few locations could see several inches over the next three days. The Cold While the cold coming has been well advertised, that doesn’t do much to reduce its impact. Highs today may just break freezing in Denver, but if we do, that’ll be the
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The State of the Atmosphere: Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Our weekend storm is now well east of Colorado, and our weather, while cooler than last week, has calmed down. Our snowfall forecast, for the most part, worked out pretty well with what was a complex system . The biggest issue was not coming far enough west with the heaviest band of snowfall across the eastern plains. Around the metro area, snowfall totals from just a trace (DIA) to 4” (southeast Aur
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Between a lot of traveling on our end and a rather benign (to put it gently) weather pattern, it's been a quiet few weeks at Weather5280.com. It's now time to start looking at a potential pattern shift as we head into the latter half of December. There have been some great discussions as to if this pattern will ever break (we love hearing from you!), but we continue to think there is real reason to believe it will. This of co
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, November 30, 2014
I can’t believe we are closing out on another month! Time being a “constant” is hogwash if you ask me. Seemingly, Mother Nature has had some different timelines, too. Cold air hit a bit early for the season, and by mid-month we were setting record cold temperatures . Yet, at the end we are flirting with record highs. Saturday was the warmest day of the month -- tying the 1st for a high of 72-degrees. Big ups-and-downs are clearly i
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, November 23, 2014
We’re heading into the final full week of November and Thanksgiving, 2014. As we discussed in our previous post , the weather pattern for eastern Colorado has been overwhelmingly ‘normal’ since early in the week, with ongoing mountain snows. Snowfall across central and western Colorado will continue through Tuesday, with winter weather advisories and winter storm warnings up across the board. Snowfall totals will range from
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The State of the [Arctic] Atmosphere: Sunday, November 9, 2014
You’d most likely have to have been living under a rock for the past few days if you’re unaware of the MAJOR change of weather we’re about to experience in the next 24 hours. Indeed, Brendan laid the groundwork for the pattern change this past Tuesday on the blog . Not much has changed in the overall big picture he painted for us then, though we obviously have
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, October 26, 2014
MISSING: Winter. Okay, not entirely. While Denver’s average first measurable snowfall came and went last week, there are still many snowy months ahead. We were spoiled with a cool(er) wet summer, so a streak of warm, calm weather only seems fair. Right? Now we’ll see if we can follow this with a more interesting winter than recent years. We finished this past week with record warm temperatures. Denver recorded a high of 82 degrees at Denver International Airport Friday, breaking the old record
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, October 20th, 2014
Recap of month so far If it feels like we have had a lot of warm days so far in October, you’re not mistaken: Denver is now a not-insignificant +2.2℉ above normal for temperatures month-to-date. In fact, the last 7 consecutive days (including today) have featured well above-normal temperatures, and over this one-week period, we’re actually averaging a sizable 7.7℉ above normal. What has caused this prolonged stretch of above normal temperatures? Quite simply, we’re in an amplified -- or “blocky
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, October 12, 2014
The weather pattern really quiets down over the next week to 10 days after today’s system works through the region and exists Monday. If you’re not quite ready for snow, this forecast is for you; if you’re jumping at the bit for our first measurable snow… we’re going to keep you waiting a while longer. Sunday and Sunday night Afternoon highs will be chilly across the region Sunday, as a strong upper level trough passes through. We may see our high temperatures for the day early, with temperatur
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Whoever ordered a quiet weather pattern is rejoicing in their decision. We are now in, perhaps, the longest stretch of calm days that we’ve had in months. First, the reason. Remember the pronounced blocking pattern that was the persistent Great Lakes low(s) of last winter…? aka “Polar Vortex”..grrr at that term. Well, a similar blocking pattern has a low parked over the Great Lakes region with no intention of moving any time soon. We are on the compensatory ridge of the pattern. The current rid
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, September 14, 2014
You’ve no doubt felt this weekend’s warm-up. It would be very hard not to notice, coming from that frigid end of the week we had. Friday and Saturday morning were both within 2-degrees of setting record lows at DIA. The trace of snow Friday morning did not qualify as a “first snowfall” so officially Denver hasn’t had its first snow yet. Short term Outlook: Look at us now, back to average temperatures this weekend. Hold the presses though, we have another shot of colder air to move through tomo
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, September 7, 2014
Warm Start to the Week; (Near-) Record Cold Finish? While all eyes are on the late-week cold shot that Weather5280 team members have been discussing (primarily on Twitter) for the better part of the last week, let’s take a look at the more benign weather expected to start off the week before tackling the late-week cold. Monday offers us a blend of clouds and sun with a slight chance of scattered late day thunderstorms, though I think most areas will remain dry. High temperatures will be near- o
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, August 17, 2014
Looking back at the first half of August, 2014 Now that more than half of the month of August has passed, it is prudent to take a look back on the conditions we experienced during the first half of the month in order to see how the month is shaping up overall and to inform our forecast for the remainder of the month. On August 2, our average high started falling once again (from 90 to 89), and on August 9 our average overnight l
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, August 11, 2014
A brief State of the Atmosphere today to get you set for the rest of the week. Yesterday’s perigee full moon, or supermoon , will likely be chalked down as a ‘bust’ by most Denver area residents. The clouds just didn’t clear in time for a good view as the moon came above the horizon keeping it out of sight for most spectators. Despite some insisting the moon was just late , n
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, August 3, 2014
Warmer week ahead and storm chances Temperatures this week will run very close to normal for this time of the year following last week’s fall-like temperatures . Highs are forecast to be in the upper 80s and low 90s Monday through Friday, varying day to day largely based on any storm chances and afternoon clouds that form. Monday’s highs will be in the mid to upper 80s for the Denver area before a better ch
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, June 2, 2014
Hot start the week and heightened fire danger A very similar week to last is on tap for eastern Colorado as our weather looks to start dry and warm and end cooler and unsettled. Highs Tuesday will be our warmest of the year it looks like, with MOS guidance printing highs in the mid 90s for Denver. It'll be even warmer than that across southeast Colorado where highs could approach the triple digit mark by Tuesday afternoon. Check out the 2 meter temps the NAM has for tomorrow afternoon for south
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, May 5, 2014
Last week's active weather across the United States gave way to much drier and warmer conditions nearly nationwide this weekend. Highs Sunday climbed to triple digit readings across south central Kansas. The high of 102 in Wichita, KS was the earliest date on record for the city breaking 100 degrees. Temperatures weren't quite as hot across northeast Colorado on Sunday, but still mighty warm. Denver International Airport topped out at 85 degrees, just three degrees short of the record high for
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, April 21, 2014
With another beautiful spring weekend under our belt, it's time to start looking at what the coming week has in store for us. The coming week looks to start warm and windy across eastern Colorado, but big changes could be on the way by the middle of next weekend, with a chance for isolated storms across extreme eastern Colorado for the middle of the week. Warm and Windy We've got Tuesday as the pick day of the week temperature-wise this week, though none of the next five days look particularly