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April 3, 2016 - Although March started out slow, toward the end, it roared in like a lion with the Blizzard of 2016 on March 23. A very unique storm in that a lot of forecasters (including myself) missed on how intense this ended being. But, this is Colorado, it is winter, and it is March so anything goes. Put up some accounting of the two systems that visited our area last month over on my blog. Looking dry and warm for us over the next few days.
March 1, 2016 - The start of meteorological spring. Not much weather-wise since our big snows during the first two days of February (unless you count awesome sunrise/sunsets). I threw a report of the late January/early February snows over on my blog. You can also visit my facebook page and twitter account for additional pics. The snow is gone now thanks to many days of above-average temps (60's to 70's in some cases). Not much on the horizon for our area but some surprise severe events in central California may happen this weekend. Next week, it appears a severe weather setup is staging for the central plains and northern Texas. Time will tell. For us, more unseasonably warm weather with some pretty good winds at times.
January 9-10, 2016 - Snow is still on the ground as temps never warmed up for the last few weeks. With the additional moisture around, fog rolled in during the overnight hours of January 9 -10. Lots of deposition from the fog coated everything in white by the next morning.
January 7-8, 2016 - With snow still on the ground from Christmas Day, another little system came through the area late afternoon January 7 through early morning January 8. Got some timelapse of the snow as it came in.
Ended up with nearly 3" of snow by the morning of January 8.
Even though the roads were pretty icy and covered in snow, the commute was uneventful. By the afternoon of January 8, roads were clearing nicely.
January 1, 2016 - Happy New Year from the urban corridor and northeast Colorado. A balmy 3F outside with snow from Christmas Day still on the ground. Warm up starts today with mid-40's by the weekend. No snow in the immediate forecast so it's probably a good time to de-Christmas for another year. A toast to 2016!
December 15, 2015 - Cue next winter storm and this one packed a bit more punch with it. For once, models seem to align with reality as we ended up with nearly 7" of snow this time. Just enough to allow for a white Christmas.
November 26 - 28, 2015 - A series of winter storm systems moved across the area during this time period. Enough accumulation to make the ground white and remind drivers that it is winter. Recorded a total of about 3.5" when it was all said and done.
November 10 - 11, 2015 - First accumulating snowfall for northern Colorado area happened overnight. As with most of these systems, there was a lot of hype - some models throwing out 20+ inches for our area. Reality was maybe 1" around here with the higher amounts (and blizzard conditions) east and south of Denver. Still, it was a welcome sight as it was time for winter to show up.
October 20, 2015 - Cold front sliding down from the north with a low spinning up from the southwest meant some storm activity today. As it turned out, it got pretty cold but at least it was convective early on.
October 3, 2015 - Another disturbance moved over Colorado in the early evening hours touching off a few thunderstorms in northeast Colorado. Nothing severe but with temps in the 50's and it being early October, they were a pleasant suprise.
October 2, 2015 - A significant front moved through this evening dropping temperatures and bringing some convection to northeast Colorado. Storms were cruising at 50+ mph so there wasn't much time to set up for documentation. Did manage to get a couple of bolts as one of the cells moved through south of Loveland around 10:30pm.
September 27, 2015 - Did some photography/timelapse work on a rare event this evening - the total lunar eclipse of the Super Blood Moon. Last one was 33 years ago and the next one won't happen until 2033.
September 1, 2015 - The beginning of meteorological fall and usually signifies the end of the summer storm season here in northeast Colorado. However, the above average temps and below average rainfall may mean this is not a typical year. I did manage to get on a few storms and photo ops over the last month and a half.
July 15, 2015 - Storms built up a little earlier today with some late afternoon lightning ops. Some cool cloud structure and sunset photos were had as well.
July 10, 2015 - Chance for storms today although not severe. After waiting all day and into the evening, cells formed over the foothills and moved southeast toward Loveland. Did grab quite a few lightning pics out of these as they lasted well past midnight.
July 4, 2015 - Quiet weather over the last few days so I ventured out to the annual July 4th fireworks show held in Wellington, CO each year. As luck would have it, there were some convective storms to the northeast but quite a ways off but the firworks show was a much better play.
June 25, 2015 - Under a severe t-storm watch most of the afternoon and evening, storms were slow to fire today and remained near and south/east of Denver. However, during the evening hours, a complex formed near Cheyenne and began moving southeast, spreading out to the east and west as it moved. Lots of lightning indicated so I headed to Greeley. The idea was to get some lightning pics over the fireworks display at the Greeley Stampede. Didn't get the shot I wanted but got a lot of other pics before the system moved east toward Ft. Morgan. Headed for home and another storm blew up between Ft. Collins and Loveland. Spent the rest of the time working that storm as the core passed over me with lightning, wind, rain, and pea- to marble-sized hail. A few leaves suffered the consequence of that storm.
June 24, 2015 - Big storms moved over the Denver area this afternoon. Some of that activity found its way north with lots of rain, lightning, and some rainbows.
June 23, 2015 - Had a little system move through the area today that resulted in some convective activity east of Greeley late in the afternoon. The structure looking at the backside was pretty phenomenal. Chased it to east of Greeley where it was briefly severe t-storm warned. Storm died out pretty quick.
June 14 - 15, 2015 - Hanging out in southern Colorado visiting family. Had a chase on the way down from Loveland yesterday and full write-up can be found on my blog. Today (6/15), was a lightning day as a storm parked itself over Colorado Springs dumping 3.16" of rain in a short amount of time. Traveled about 2 miles to get some lightning shots as the storm approached and then died prior to overrunning Pueblo. The moisture inflow was awesome to watch.
June 13, 2015 - Didn't have to go far for some weather opportunities today. In fact, I traveled a total of 7 miles. Some unorganized storms got their act together this afternoon after coming off the foothills. Big rain makers with flooding reported all along the urban corridor and points a few miles east. The other notable event was the CG barrage these storms unleashed.
June 12, 2015 - All my chase accounts are updated and posted over at my blog. The first part of June was pretty wild with sever weather and lots of rain reported. Most notable was the tornadic storms that struck the Longmont/Berthoud area on June 4, 2015. Those storms caused damage to houses and resulted in massive flooding issues. Looking ahead, we get a little quieter in the coming week.
May 26, 2015 - Been a while since I updated my web site. Finally getting around to getting my chase logs and other content uploaded. April was quiet but May brought some chase opportunities with it. Interesting enough, the month has been filled with a lot of rain and not much severe weather in northeast Colorado. Flooding has been the big news the last few weeks. Hope to get all caught up in the next few days as chasing slows down for a bit due to uncooperative weather. A quick video from my chase of May 1, 2015. More pics and writeup can be found on my blog.
March 3 - 4, 2015 - The last of the past weeks snowy weather came into the Loveland area the evening of March 3, 2015. Brief, heavy bands came and went through the night.
By early morning, 2" of new snow had fallen. Not a lot but with the cold winds and warmer pavement temperatures, it was enough to make the morning commute for folks a bit tricky.
Warming up through the end of the week. May see 60's by next week.
February 25, 2015 - Another winter storm system and another few inches of snow. This time, the snow started filling in from the south and east shortly after noon and by 1:30pm, snow was falling in the Loveland area. A couple of lighter snow bands moved through coating the ground in white. Got about an 1" of snow from those.
Light snow continued off and on all day without much accumulation. A heavier band moved through the area starting about 8pm. When it was all said and done, we received another 4"of snow.
More snow and cold in store for us the next couple of days. Pattern breaks and we head into the 40's by the middle of next week.
February 20 - 22, 2015 - As mentioned last week, a more significant winter system came through northeastern Colorado dumping about 7.5" snow in the area. Full write-up (pics and video) can be found here.
February 15 - 16, 2015 - Cue next system. This one arrived in two waves. Clouds thickened throughout the afternoon of 2/15/15 and by evening, a wet 1/4" had settled on the grass and glass. A few showers overnight and by early morning of 2/16/15, we had about 1" in Loveland and about 2" further south near Westminster. The warm roads and colder wind made for some icy/slushy road conditions for commuters on I-25.
By the evening of 2/16/15, the second wave had come through leaving about 4" of snow in north Denver and a messy drive on the roads. As with other systems before, the heavier snows were associated with banding and some spots just didn't see much. The drive home found a lot of drivers overly optimistic about their driving abilities only to have them dashed as they ended off the roadway or as shown below, spinning out and pointed the wrong direction on a very busy interstate. Up north in Loveland, maybe 1.5" of snow on the ground. Warmer weather returned quickly and the remnants of this storm were gone in a couple of days.
Next up, potential big snow maker for the upcoming weekend.
February 4, 2015 - It's February in northeast Colorado. That means a lot of time between storms and when we do get them, they are quick hitters. Today was no different as a fast moving system struck the area leaving some snow and ice in its wake. Final tally was about 2" here in Loveland.
January 11 - 12, 2015 - Yet another system visited our area last night. Snow started late evening and by the time it was done, we got another 1" of snow on the ground. Roads were fine as the temps had moderated some. Warm up on the way and no precip anticipated for the next week or so.
January 7, 2015 - An arctic blast came down last night and hit some moisture along the way. A very shallow layer that resulted in some freezing drizzle and fog this morning. Made the roadways a mess and vehicles needing some serious scraping.
January 3, 2015 - Happy New Year! The cold came down on us pretty hard the last couple of days. Another shot of snow was on its way as these little systems continued to visit our area. By 9:30am, snow was starting to enter the area from the north. Enough upslope was around to promise accumulation but just how much was the question. The snow began around 10:00am and by noon, the area was socked in.
Once this storm had passed, we picked up an additional 1.75" of snow. Total accumulation from the last week of storms has been about 9.5". The cold weather managed to keep the cornice on the edge of the roof going over the last few days. Warmer weather on the way so I expect the cornice to be gone soon.
December 29, 2014 - After a couple of days of snow and wind, temps were going to take a nose dive with readings well below 0F in the coming days. Drove a little bit today and as the video shows, roads were not bad starting out but by nightfall, ice became the norm.
December 26, 2014 - Woke up to a winter wonderland as most of the accumulating snow occurred during the overnight hours. Measured out 4.6" this go round.
December 25, 2014 - Merry Christmas! After a rather dull month of weather, another cold front came into the area with the promise of more snow. This morning started out with a great sunrise.
The clouds began thickening up and radar returns showed the snow to be making its way south and east out of Wyoming and Nebraska. We were still in a dry slot of sorts.
By 3pm, light snow started falling and accumulating on grassy areas and vehicles. Radar showed the area had filled in with moisture and accumulating snow looked to be a sure bet this time around.
November 23, 2014 - Been a while since I had anything to update weather-wise for our area. However, a significant cold front dropped down last week ushering in below zero temps and bringing with it, a little bit of snow. I put some pics and video of it over on my blog. Another cool front dropped in last night but not too bad as temps dropped about 20F. Little moisture with this one. Looks dry this coming week with highs nearing 60F for Thanksgiving Day.
August 23, 2014 - Slight risk yesterday and pop-up chances today. Chased both days but ended up being chase the rain shield as the severe weather, structure, and lightning were few and far between. Scratched out a quick log about the last couple of days over on my blog.
August 9, 2014 - Monsoon continues but with a twist, upper air dynamics were a bit more robust today. Severe weather (including tornadoes) was possible in the eastern plains of Colorado, western Kansas, and western to central Nebraska. Starting at noon, the usual storm buildup got underway. It quickly went grungy, with low-topped, mostly virga producing, cells. Just too dry at the surface here in northern Colorado. The first promising cell came down from up north in the late afternoon. Lots of CG lightning indicated. By the time I caught up with it near Greeley, it went grungy and lightning strikes dwindled. Did have a nice anvil-look to it with some mammatus clouds.
Fortunately, another cell formed up the Poudre Canyon and was traveling southeast. It was compact and went up about 40K feet. From a few miles away, I saw some nice anvil crawlers and best of all, CG strikes. I set up and let it come to me. Lots of nice pics from this one.
August 5, 2014 - More monsoon action today as storms built up over the mountains and moved eastward. Storms looked worse than reality as they were low-topped and not much shear available. Some rain and what has been typical for this summer, lots of CC lightning with a few CG's thrown in. Still looking for a storm full of CG's.
July 28, 2014 - Monsoon returned to the eastern slopes today as we get set up for some possible flooding over the next two days. Storms formed east of Denver and then moved west/southwest. Lots of landspouts reported as the storms did not move much and put down a lot of rain in some areas. Watched as the first wave passed over Thornton around 5pm.
Made it north in time to watch a complex of storms between Nunn, CO and Briggsdale, CO. Nice looking tops and a lot of rain. Snagged a quick lightning pic as the complex neared FT. Collins, CO and dissipated.
July 25, 2014 - Pulse storms fired up in the foothills this afternoon and unlike the last couple of days, they actually formed in a manner to take them over our area (instead of Denver and the Palmer Divide). No chasing required as I waited for the storms to come off the foothills and straight for me. After initially heading out at about 12:30pm thinking storms would mature, I took a break and went back out at about 3:20pm. I set up east of Loveland and watched.
The core ran over me and turned into a rainy blob as it continued east and died.
July 15, 2014 - Final day of storms as a big ridge of high pressure begins building in from the west. As expected, storms would be fewer and rainfall amounts lighter than previous days. I did manage to catch a rogue gardenshower coming out of the foothills this evening. Got some lightning and video out of it.
July 14, 2014 - Another round of thunderstorms. However, this time, instead of going around us, we got targeted. Day started out with the usual storms forming southeast of Denver.
July 13, 2014 - Day 5 of monsoonal flow turned out to be a chase day after seeing good storms start firing northwest of Cheyenne, WY. Not a great day of documentation but fun nonetheless. Full write-up over on my blog.
July 12, 2014 - Day 4 of monsoonal flow gave us the best chance for significant rains here in northern Colorado. After a morning of low clouds, some clearing took place and storms got underway in the mountains. Unfortunately, once the storms moved off the foothills, they dried up. Just not much in the way of ascent to get all the water onto the ground.
July 11, 2014 - Monsoon arrived in Colorado a couple of days ago. Days heated up into the 90's but storms became more frequent. Slow storm motions, anemic shear, and precipitable water (PW) values at nearly 1.5" signalled flash flooding season. Alas, here in northern Colorado, we are still waiting for those rains. Maybe tomorrow. Some pics from today around the Loveland, CO area.
June 25, 2014 - Typical June weather in Colorado kicked off the summer solstice over the last few days. Afternoon thunderstorms struck every day - some with quite a kick as the folks in Ft. Collins found out last night. Golf-ball hail struck the southern end of the city and caused pretty good damage to cars, homes, and yards. Here in Loveland, we missed out on the hail but managed to see a good lightning show. In fact, Loveland really wasn't all that affected by these storms over the last couple of days. No chasing as such but managed to grab some lightning pics and video. We dry out and warm up for the next few days.
May 25, 2014 - Same closed-off low now progressing further east. This meant storms would be fewer in our area. What was fun was watching all the clouds and rain forming in the foothills and mountains due to the increased instability. Storm motions were to the west - northwest. Not much action here in northern Colorado except for some heavier showers north and west of Ft. Collins. Did manage to snap some pics and get some timelapse done.
May 24, 2014 - Closed-off low still impacted the area today. The most interesting note of the day was the tornado-warned storm in southwest Denver. The warning came from a SLC (scary looking cloud) that was observed at the front of the storm (not where you would find a tornado). The storm was traveling west - northwest as well. While many chasers were shaking their heads at this one, several took on the local media for being overly dramatic and unnecessarily scaring the public. Scott Hammel wrote a great article on this and it can be found here. I was watching this day with interest as it looked like another potential flood event for Loveland. You can find my write-up on this event on my blog.
May 23, 2014 - A stubborn, closed-off low in the southwest fueled some interesting weather here in northern Colorado the last couple of days. Yesterday (5/23/14), copious amounts of rain found its way to the Loveland area where local flooding took place. Amounts ranged from 3.2" - 4" in a four-hour period. Lightning was intense with this storm. Unfortunately, I failed miserably at getting any of it documented. I have included a screen grab of the estimated storm total rainfall as of 9:26pm.
May 11, 2014 - Winter really did not want to let go as yet another advertised "major" winter storm was forecasted to impact us over Mother's Day. Not so fast. Though models were calling for anywhere from 2-12" of snow in the urban corridor, what we really got was a trace to 9" (west and south of Denver). Here in Loveland, we picked up about .5" (models had us nearly 10").
May 7, 2014 - The first severe weather of the season graced our area today with numerous warnings issued throughout the day. Aside from some hail and brief, heavy rain along the urban corridor, most of the action was to our east in the Akron area. Looks like several landspout tornadoes were seen and documented by folks. Here in Loveland, we mostly had lightning. Grabbed some video of the lightning show.
April 13, 2014 - As typical, the forecasted amount of snow failed to materialize. We ended up with just enough snow to cover the grass and vehicles. Thanks to the brisk and cold wind, much of that snow turned to ice, leading to a lot of scraping of windshields for so little accumulation. Put a few clips together from this event.
April 11, 2014 - Another three months and another quiet period of weather for our area. This year is looking very similar to last year in terms of early weather systems. Even the severe weather has taken a bit of hiatus except for areas in the south and southeast portions of the US.
The last couple of days have been very spring-like with temps in the 70's to near 80F here in northern Colorado. Expect one more day of nice weather before it all comes crashing down Saturday night and Sunday. Most models pointing to a 6.5" snowfall for our area by Monday morning or so. Winter continues...
January 1, 2014 - Like last year, 2013 went out with a whimper as far as weather goes. Healthcare reform is the "current event" this year. I continued to add content to my web site and making changes in formats etc.
2014 started out with a nice little convective snow shower for parts of northern Colorado. Most of the graupel and such came down east of the urban corridor but it was nice to see. We will continue with near normal temps but below normal precip. Like last year, as of this post, the long range weather models show absolutely nothing of interest for the next 10 or more days. I am hopeful the weather will be more active this year. As always, I plan to be out documenting the weather as often as possible.
So, a toast to 2014 and what it has to bring. Hope everyone has a happy and safe 2014!
December 21, 2013 - Quiet period since the major flooding over 3 months ago. Even the snow appears to be avoiding our area once again this year. Did have an accumulating snow event at the beginning of the month. Wrote up a short piece on it in my blog.
Not much in the near future as we return to normal temps and remain snow-free. No white Christmas this year (except for the few areas of snow remaining from the beginning of the month).
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Northern Colorado Weather!