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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, June 13th, 2021
Temperatures will be near to and will set records this week - prepare for a hot one! The hottest temperature so far this year has been 95 in Denver, 94 in Fort Collins, 98 in Greeley, 91 in Boulder, 87 in Castle Rock, and 93 in Colorado Springs. We are likely to see those numbers replaced this week. The setup: A very large dome of high pressure will be in place this week across the Western US. Let's call it a Drought High as its presence will be reinforced by the significant drought conditions
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The State of the Atmosphere: Tuesday, June 1st, 2021
Another wet week across the High Plains as our impressive streak of wet weather continues. Even as drought continues to worsen across much of the western United States, those east of the Continental Divide have been able to buck that trend (in some cases quite impressively) in recent months. Even areas that have seen less moisture overall in the last couple months were able to pick up some appreciable moisture this past week – namely those communities located across Southeast Colorado. The map
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, May 23rd, 2021
Another active severe weather day across Eastern Colorado as our busy and wet weather pattern continues to deliver to the eastern half of the state. A Tornado Watch was issued once more for east-central and Northeast Colorado, while a Severe Thunderstorm Watch was posted for the southeast corner of the state this afternoon. Like yesterday, several Tornado Warnings have been issued this afternoon, with the greatest severe threat now moving east and northeast of the state this evening. With ye
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, May 16th, 2021
The pattern continues. Another meandering trough will keep us cool and unsettled through the first half of the coming week, before we warm up and dry out a bit for the latter half. At 500mb we see the trough move through the Great Basin and eventually across Southeast Colorado by Tuesday and Wednesday: The result of which will be a continued cool and unsettled pattern across the area, with showers and storms likely Monday and Tuesday, and quite possibly Wednesday as well. The severe thre
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, May 9th, 2021
Well, when I sat down to write today's SOTA, in the first iteration I accidentally wrote "Sunday, February 9th, 2021" in the title! Snow is on the mind today as we look ahead to the next several days, with anomalous cold and wet weather in place to end the weekend and start the week. As Marie Kondo might ask, does this spark joy? Not particularly! The moisture is WELCOME, but trying to weed through an iffy (at best) snowfall forecast in May is tiresome. 🙃 Looking at an updated precipitation
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, April 25th, 2021
The official high today so far is 80°F out at DIA, but intra-hour reading had us at 81°F, so it could be that ends up being the official high today when records are set. In either event, a warm, warm day along the Front Range and much deserved! Today was the warmest it's been in the Mile High City since April 5th, and will either tie or nearly tie the warmest temperatures of 2021 for the city as well. Outside of the warm first week or so of the month, it's been a chilly one! In fact, yesterday
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The State of the Atmosphere: Sunday, April 18th, 2021
With plenty of sunshine and temperatures breaking the 50-degree mark across the metro area this afternoon, today's feeling very nice after a chilly and wet week. The mild weather will be short-lived, however, as another rather potent cold front will swing through northern Colorado on Monday, and bring with it another round of rain and snow to much of the state. Tomorrow's highs will depend largely on the timing of the front, but it looks to push into northern Colorado pretty early in the day
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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