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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, April 11th, 2021
The state of the atmosphere this week reminds us we aren't done with the cold season around here, with a week of chilly temperatures, rain, and snow on tap for much of the state. Most of Monday will be similar to today – highs in the low to mid 50s, with mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies. Later in the day, things start to change, with an increased chance of precipitation Monday evening and overnight into Tuesday. The chance of rain and snow will be in the forecast from Monday evening throu
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, April 5th, 2021
Monday will feature more record setting warmth across the state ahead of our next weather system. The forecast of 82°F for Denver today would tie the previous record for the date set in 1991, should it verify, and some guidance suggest we could even break that high by a degree or two. Sunday we saw many daily records fall across a huge portion of the country, including many long standing records across Colorado. With a high of 80°F Sunday in Denver, we broke the old record for the date by 4°F
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, March 28th, 2021
It's certainly been a March to remember, as 2021 will end up one of the wettest and snowiest on record for Denver – though not likely to take first place in either. Still, the final days of the month will feature, you guessed it, another sharp cold front and chance of rain and snow across the state. With 3.67" of precipitation so far this month at Denver International Airport, we know the month will end as at least the 2nd wettest March on record. With the record wettest being 4.56" (set in 19
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, March 7th, 2021
The State of the Atmosphere today is nothing short of splendid. A look at temperatures across Northeast Colorado shortly before noon have most areas sitting comfortably in the low to mid 60s, with many locales set to hit the 70 degree mark again this afternoon. As we outlined for you on Friday , these mild temperatures will stick with us for a couple more days befo
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, March 1st, 2021
It's March, and the first day of climatological spring! After last week's big snowstorm , we know many of the snow lovers in the group are looking ahead to Denver's snowiest month on average and wondering if it'll pick up where February left off. Denver’s Top Five March SnowstormsWhat is Denver’s snowi
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, February 21st, 2021
Yesterday's snowfall forecast worked out quite well, in what was another exciting snowfall event for some folks across the region – though over a notably smaller area than the storm prior. We placed a swath of 2 - 4" across the south and southeast side of town and this ended up working out quite well. The snow came down in a hurry, and for areas that saw more than a short burst
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, February 14th, 2021
Well, today might be for lovers, but there's not a lot to love about our snowfall forecast! A true, good old fashioned bust, at least for most of the Denver area. But hey, at least it's horribly cold? As we opined last night, despite being consistent day in and day out, the models were well overdone with the amount of moisture we'd see from this system. So, instead of a low-end 2 - 3" event, we only managed a 1/2" to 2" in most locations. Below is a look at snowfall totals over the last 48 h
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, February 7th, 2021
There's a lot to get to in this week's SOTA, but first let's take a look at temperatures this morning across the region, while they aren't all that cold here against the foothills of the Rockies, you do not have to travel far to find the arctic cold that once looked like it would be a bit more impactful for our neck of the woods. The most extreme cold Sunday morning is found across North Dakota and Minnesota, though just on the other side of the Colorado/Wyoming and Colorado/Nebraska state lin
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, January 31st, 2021
In recent weeks we've tracked what appeared to be one of the better signals for a snowstorm across Northeast Colorado than what we've seen from previous events this snow season. The snow remains on track, but how much we'll see is in question. Cold air by the weekend appears to be less of a question. It will be much colder, especially as compared to the warmth we'll see over the next days. Two chances of snow are in the forecast for the coming week, as well as what looks like a rather pronounce
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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
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, January 17th, 2021
Even as we watch the chance for snow increase across the I-25 corridor and Front Range mountains Monday afternoon and night, it's hard to bee all that excited about possible totals as we track things today. Yet another storm that may deliver a couple inches to some folks, but for most of us a dusting to 1 or 2" will be about as well as we'll do with the incoming system. A check on the timeline shows another nice afternoon today with highs around 50°F across the metro area, before turning coole
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, January 11th, 2021
This weekend's snowfall worked out just about as expect across the state, with a nice snow during much of the day Saturday and Saturday night delivering from a Trace to 4" of snow across the I-25 corridor and adjacent plains. The "boom" totals were around 4", while others ended up with less than an inch. The majority of those from Colorado Springs to the Wyoming state line saw from 1 to 3" of snow, including 1.9" officially for Denver. Here's a look at totals from across the forecast area:
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, January 4th, 2021
Happy New Year to all. We hope you had a quiet, wonderful, and safe New Year's weekend. We look forward to sharing the weather with you in the year ahead! The state of the atmosphere to start 2021 remains mostly unremarkable across the region. While we do see a few snow chances on the horizon, nothing convincingly so at this time and our mountains will need more than that to catch up after a slow start to the season. Status on La Niña and Latest NMME Model OutlookHappy New Year Insiders! La
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, December 27th, 2020
It's hard to believe, but this is the last State of the Atmosphere of 2020. The last days of the month will feature another turn toward cold after Christmas Day warmth and Saturday's absolutely beautiful weather across the region. A large trough off the West Coast will move inland tonight and early Monday, then into the Great Basin by Monday evening. Overnight Monday and through the day Tuesday the trough moves overhead: Before eventually intensifying south and east of our area Wednesday a
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, December 21st, 2020
Happy Winter Solstice to you all! We celebrate this year's shortest day of the year with some of the warmest weather we've seen in some time – albeit windy as well. Temperatures this afternoon are in the mid 50s along the Front Range, with those winds helping to provide us with a few mild days before the next cold front comes flying through Tuesday evening. Midday temperatures across the region | Weather5280Highs Tuesday will be even a few degrees warmer ahead of the front. Highs in Denver a
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, December 13th, 2020
With the return of a full sky of sun today, we watch our latest snowstorm depart and look ahead to the next week. In Denver, snowfall totals remained light. Denver International Airport recorded 2.0" of snow Saturday evening, bringing the total for the week to 3.2". For the snow lovers out there not exactly exciting totals, but as we discussed over the last week the most probabilistic totals from the two events was somewhere in the Trace to 4" range, which is about where everyone across the re
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, December 6th, 2020
The state of the atmosphere remains quite quiet across the region as we head into the second week of December. As we outlined for our Insiders last week, the first half of the month is expected to remain so, barring an over performing storm due in late this coming week . We continue to track those changes set to arrive by Thursday evening or so, but there is not y
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, November 29th, 2020
Since Tuesday's storm , the weather has turned much quieter across the region to end November. Yes, we had a quick-hitting system fly through Thanksgiving e vening [https://www.weather5280.com/2020/11/25/thanksgiving-day-forecast-for-denve
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, November 16th, 2020
The next system we are tracking is one to impact our area Friday through the weekend. Until then, expect quite warm conditions - especially Wednesday when Denver will be near 70 degrees. During the past week, heavy periods of snowfall impacted the mountains and the metro areas benefited from a bit of snowfall also. In terms of percent of average, here is how the past week performed: Temperatures over the past week averaged cooler than a 'normal' week. Looking ahead to the upcoming week, we ha
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, November 8th, 2020
As we discussed in our last update , the weather system that has brought wind and isolated showers to the Front Range and Eastern Colorado last night and today has delivered some big time snow to the mountains of Southwest Colorado. The heavier snow we saw overnight, and the showers we're seeing across Eastern Colorado will come to an end this morning, before
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, October 18th, 2020
A cold front moved through last night around 9pm and thank goodness! While it won't deliver any appreciable moisture to Northern Colorado, the wind shift, cooler temperatures, increased humidity, and even some light drizzle all will help make today an altogether different day for fire fighting along the Front Range than what we saw with Saturday's explosive fire growth. Temperatures dropped into the 20s and 30s across Northeast Colorado Sunday morning, with relative humidity values from 90 to
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The State of the Atmosphere: Monday, October 5th, 2020
We've updated both our Insiders and Insider Pros in recent days with an extended outlook that looks much the same as it has for the month of October and likely beyond for much of the region . The pattern remains very persistent. The next five days especially will remain quite warm and dry. While highs in the
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The State of the Atmosphere, Sunday, September 27th, 2020
With this passage of the cold front this morning, today feels about as fall-like as any day so far this month across Northeast Colorado. Temperatures as of late morning were in the 40s and 50s across the region, which is about where they will stay for most of the day. Below is a look at observations across NECO as of 11:30 am, some 20 to 30°F cooler than the same time yesterday: Unfortunately, outside of a few light showers and and there this system won't deliver much in the way of moisture
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The State of the Atmosphere, Monday, September 21st, 2020
As we've been tracking since last winter, the forecast La Niña has established itself in the equatorial Pacific, and will be a big driver of our weather in the coming weeks and months ahead. You can read about what implications that may have on our winter patter in our most recent Insider post here: La Niña status and an updated look at analog years for the upcoming winterWe’ve been writing about La Niña for months now. It is established, and is getting stronger. You can see the sea surface an
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, September 13th, 2020
The state of the atmosphere has me incredibly grateful to live where we do this week, with fires ravaging the west, and a very active tropical season continuing in the Atlantic. Wildfires in the west Wildfires in the west continue to cause incredible devastation, as more than 4 million acres have now burned across California, Oregon, and Washington this year. The deadly fires have claimed the lives of at least 23 people [https://www.nytimes.com/2020/09/13/us/oregon-wildfires-california-washing