The Watering Hole; Thursday February 26 2015; Weird Week Weather-Wise

It’s been a weird week, weather-wise, both in Colorado and across much of the country. Here at the foot of the Rockies, we literally went from temps in the 70s and 80s — and a completely thawed lake — to heavy snow and temps near zero, then back into bright sunshine and warming days, then back to more cold and more heavy snow.

Following are six photographs that pretty much summarize the weird weather’s week. It begins on Thursday the 19th — a bright sunny and warm day at the local lake with a scene that definitely doesn’t look like mid-winter. It’s a lake view on an incredibly still afternoon. The water was glassy smooth and after looking at the photo, I thought the reflections of the bare and leafless trees looked better when the scene was inverted — a touch of Monet, maybe? Oh, and that white stuff at the waterline is the remnant of the snow that fell a couple of weeks earlier.

Beckwith reflections 899The next day, Friday the 20th, not too much changed. It was cooler, and by afternoon the wind had picked up. Something was definitely in the air, though, and the weather forecast was looking pretty grim — this time they got it right. The following five shots show the progression of the storm; in order to avoid freezing my delicate shutter finger, each and all were taken through my front window.

First, Saturday morning, the gathering storm as it wrapped its arms around Mt. St, Charles, a 12.000 ft peak in the Front Range, the Wet Mountains.

Mt St Charles 904The snow started falling Saturday afternoon and was still coming down on Sunday morning, with close to a foot on the ground by 8AM. In the photo below, note the two almost buried cars, parked on what was once a passable road.

Snowy day 909Monday morning, the sun was out, the sky was blue, and the snow was covering everything in sight, trees included. The Front Range was still shrouded in an ice fog, however, and remained that way the entire day.

Snow scene 917Tuesday morning, the fog had dissipated and the sky over the mountains was crystal clear, and COLD!

Roundtop & St Charles 926The sun was still shining on Wednesday until around noon when the next weather front started coming over the front range. Dark clouds hailed the front’s arrival over Mt. St. Charles.

Mt St Charles 929Within the hour the Front Range was completely immersed in low clouds and fog, and by mid-afternoon the snow started to fall here. By seven PM Wednesday night, several inches had already fallen and the wind was blowing it all over the place; visibility was down to a few feet at best.

The bad part of the story is that, according to the National Weather Service, it’s likely to be Monday-next before things calm down again. So here’s some advice to everyone living east of the Rockies: don’t put your snow shovels away just yet!

I guess Emily Dickinson sort of summed it all up some 160 years ago when she wrote this little gem:

The Sky is low — the Clouds are mean.
A Travelling Flake of Snow
Across a Barn or through a Rut
Debates if it will go —

A Narrow Wind complains all Day
How some one treated him
Nature, like Us is sometimes caught
Without her Diadem.

Sure am glad all that climate change bunkum is nothing but a giant hoax. I mean hey, if it was for real, then various corners of the country might be getting some really goofy weather now and again!


68 thoughts on “The Watering Hole; Thursday February 26 2015; Weird Week Weather-Wise

      • Ours was good, wet snow, that makes snowballs easy. I expect kids are already out making snowmen and stuff, if kids still do that sort of thing. The temp is supposed to go above 40 so this isn’t going to last long.
        It looks like it’s still snowing, but it’s falling off tree limbs.

        Looks like Outstanding got every bit of what we did.

        • Wet snow may be good for snowballs, but it’s more likely to freeze on roadways when the temperature drops at night. Light, powdery snow blows off roads easier and tends to cause less of an icing problem. That’s been my experience in the Northeast. I’m not sure how other factors may influence that (such as the normal humidity.)

          If it stays above 40 (or doesn’t drop below freezing again), you might be okay down there. But if the severe cold weather stays and the temp drops, you can expect a lot of accidents and, possibly, even downed power lines. That’s why I advocate putting power, phone and cable lines below ground, like they do in NYC.

          Good luck, House. I know your part of the country isn’t as used to this as frugal and we are.

        • Light and fluffy here. The snow stopped about fifteen mins ago and now the sun is out; temp at 14 degrees in retaliation. Mountains are still hidden by the low western overcast and ice fog.

        • I only got a few inches from the storm you had, but the snow from the last two storms is still here as we never get warm enough to melt it.

  1. Sports fans, this is just sick:

    “Rathan-Mayes unleashed a late-game shooting display that will linger in the memory of those who witnessed it long after they’ve forgotten that Florida State still lost 81-77 in spite of his heroics. The 6-foot-4 freshman guard scored 30 points in the final 4:38 of Wednesday’s game, a stunningly swift barrage that included six 3-pointers, a pair of layups and eight free throws.”

  2. (on the west coast the birds are singing the song of spring)

    Clara, our local wild Falcon has laid her third egg. She generally has four – the last could arrive Friday!

    Hope none of you experience power outages.

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        No Throttling: broadband providers may not impair or degrade lawful Internet traffic on the basis of content, applications, services or non-harmful devices.

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        • To hear the RWNJs define it, those are all bad things.

          Earlier in the meeting the FCC ruled that North Carolina and Tennessee couldn’t prevent municipal broadband providers from expanding outside their territories, or that other municipalities couldn’t create their own broadband systems.

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    • Thanks, TtT – that is a damn scary photo, then again this is even scarier:

      Trump says he is serious about 2016 bid, is hiring staff and delaying TV gig

  4. HuffPo headline:

    “Rachel Maddow Says It’s ‘Untenable’ For Fox News To Continue To Stand By O’Reilly”

    What reality is Maddow in? All that matters to Fox is viewership. If they were concerned about lies the network would have shut down years ago. All that matters to Rupert is ratings. Period.

  5. Texas conservatives hold cake-cutting over 10-year gay marriage ban. Most of those guys don’t look like “confident” heteros to me.

    • I’m not sure I understand. A “10-year gay marriage ban”? They only passed a ban that would be in effect for ten years? What is the point of that? Are they admitting that in ten years’ time, even the so-called “minds” of Texans may change on the subject?

      And they’re celebrating this? With a cake? So they’re having a “gay old time” about this? What, exactly, is the message they’re trying to send?

    • I’m still wondering about the timing behind the “librul media’s” sudden decision to hold Bill0 accountable. Sites like MMfA have been documenting his dishonesty on a daily basis for years but the MSM is still treating the news like it’s sudden or unexpected. All these people suddenly coming forward now does lend some support to the claim that it’s retaliation for his freak out over Brian Williams. They have all known these things for years and it’s not like they have to make anything up. Did they finally decide that Bill0’s blustering, threats, and branding as “far-left loons” can’t hurt them any more than failing to call him out?

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