Spring in Colorado

You just got to love the weather in Colorado, particularly the spring weather.
This past week, it was in the low 70’s for a couple days, but from Thursday to Friday the temperatures dropped 35 degrees and we got about 6 inches of snow.

Well today the temps started warming up and now the snow is mostly melted. It will warm up to the 60’s but we are now into a pattern of rain/snow storms every 3-5 days.

One thing is for sure, this moisture will help green up the yards for summer.

You have to love Spring in Colorado.

Health advisory issued as smoke flows into Colorado – The Denver Post

Health advisory issued as smoke flows into Colorado – The Denver Post.
It is just plain nasty in Denver right now because of the smoke that is coming into the area because of the fires in Southern California.

The weather is just right and it is funneling all that smoke up here. When I was driving home from work, it was so bad it felt like it was dusk and the sun wasn’t setting for another couple of hours.

Hopefully it will clear up soon, but they are saying it won’t clear up until the weekend.

It is just plain nasty out right now.

Incredible Thunderstorm Hits Denver Metro Area

Luckily I didn’t get hit with the hail, but the rain was amazing. I have never seen it hit us this bad here.

Damage reports are just coming in and it doesn’t sound good in the Arvada, Golden, and Lakewood. Trees are down, power is out, and there is a lot of hail still on the ground. Hail and the winds were pretty significant.

We’ll have to see how things go in the morning.

Can you own the rain…

A column in the Denver Post this morning by Daniel Fitzgerald asked that very question.  Can you own the rain?
Kris Holstrom lives on the western slope of Colorado and wanted to capture the rain that fell off her roof to be able to water her yard and her burgeoning organic farming business.  It wouldn’t have been that much and she applied to do that through the State of Colorado.

But the State Engineer said no and the Water Court of Colorado agreed.  They ruled that the rain that fell on her house was tributary to the San Miguel River and thereby previously appropriated.  She can’t capture rain and use it on her garden.

This is the same thinking that is causing water problems in the western United States, prior appropriation or otherwise known as first-in-time, first-in-right.  This is the same rule that has applied to water appropriation since the west was settled.

Since there is a tremendous increase in population the consumption and need of water is ever-growing.  We (the residents of Colorado and the West) need to start planning and developing innovative solutions to water management.  Being stuck in the same ol’ ways will not help us, but hurt us.

Studies have been done in capturing water that runs off the roofs and used to water gardens and also for waste supply (like toilets) and it will save a lot of water while still returning it to the river or transpired into the air to fall as rain somewhere else. 

Most likely, the water from this persons roof would not make it to the river.  It would have either evaporated or transpired through the vegetation.

We in the West need innovative technologies and a new thinking of water management.  If we don’t the water crisis will only get worse.

Severe Storms Rush Through Washington, DC

Severe Storms Rush Through Region, Killing One Person – washingtonpost.com
I am in Washington, D.C., for work and the storms have been crazy.  When this story came through it got really dark and it started pouring rain.  The lightning was right over downtown and the thunder was almost right after it.

Tonight, another line of storms came through and hit just as I was headed to my hotel at 9 PM.  I am glad that I had brought my umbrella.  It was coming down pretty good and there was lightning all over the place.  I was pretty nervous.

I am glad that I didn’t know about the tornado watch.  I would have been more concerned than I was.

Snow, freezing temperatures tonight, Tuesday

Snow, freezing temperatures tonight, Tuesday : The Rocky Mountain News
Tell me about it. I was playing softball and the umpire didn’t stop the game and made us stand out there and freeze. I thought we were going to kill ourselves.

It was so dark we could barely see the ball, the wind was blowing so it was tough to catch the balls that you could see, the bases were so slippery and covered with mud – if you could find the bag you will kill yourself when you slipped on it, and it was so cold and wet that you couldn’t grip the bat.

Well we lost and now I am wet, cold, and miserable.

I am ready to crawl into bed and just get warm. I need something warm to drink.

From Spring to Winter

Well spring has been short-lived in Denver. After the last few days of mid-60’s and 74 today, winter returns tomorrow.
The weather forecasters were telling us that the weather coming for Sunday wouldn’t be a problem and that at most it would be flurries. But it is now worse.

We are supposed to get 3-6 inches at our house with more nearby. And it is supposed to be quite windy, so we may see blizzard conditions. Great job weather forecasters.

Now don’t get me wrong, I am loving the snow. It means that we are having a great water year and everything is going to be quite green. After many dry years, the reservoirs should be full and we may be able to make a dent in filling other reservoirs in the west.

Let it snow, but it would be good to have some better forecasting so we can be prepared for it.

Weather Channel, Site Could Go On Auction Block

Weather Channel, Site Could Go On Auction Block | WebProNews
The Weather Channel may be going on the auction block and the prize will be weather.com.

The article tries to play up the asking price, probably around $5 million. WebProNews was comparing it to the sale of Business.com for $350 Million. But the buyer is not only getting a website, they are getting one of the leading channels on cable and satellite that has no competition.

It is wrong to compare the sale of Weather.com to Business.com. It is not even close.

Anniversary of 2006 Blizzard

Today marks the first annivesary of the first of two blizzards to hit Denver over Christmas last year.  It was plain nasty around here.
I had to pick my sister in-law up from the airport.  It just started to snow on my way there.  It took me 30 minutes to get to the airport and two hours to get home.  It was not a fun day.

The forecast for this year, warm near 50 degrees.  The next chance for snow is tomorrow and it is only for a couple of inches.

We need snow here in Denver, I am just hoping that we don’t get 30+ inches at one time.