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Old 29th October 2009, 02:57 AM   #6401
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Old 29th October 2009, 03:04 AM   #6402
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Old 29th October 2009, 04:55 AM   #6403
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Big snowstorm here in Colorado, the first of the year. 1 foot of snow drifting against the back fence, and another foot due by the morning. Stayed indoors today and plan to do the same tomorrow. By Saturday, it should be cleared out enough for the Halloween trick-or-treaters to get around, although it will be around freezing in the evening.

Interesting discussion, folks - don't mind me, I'm just looking out the window at all the snowflakes drifting out of the night sky. The pix was taken a couple of years ago, but it looked pretty similar today.
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Old 29th October 2009, 05:08 AM   #6404
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Did Boulder get snow before you? Was talking with someone in Boulder over the weekend. Lots of snow.
Glad I'm not there.
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Old 29th October 2009, 05:14 AM   #6405
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The I-25 corridor running up and down the Front Range pretty much got dumped on at once. Really wet stuff at first, big fat snowflakes that turned to slush when they hit the ground. But they kept on coming, the temperatures dropped, and we had a steady 20 mph wind out of the North. Sometimes a whiteout condition - I didn't envy the few drivers when this happened - but fortunately most schools and many businesses are closed, so traffic (as seen on Channel 7 News) looked light.

As temps dropped, snowflakes got smaller and more wind-blown, and kept on coming steadily out of the North. I'm looking out my window now (which faces East), and I see pools of light from the streetlamps with snow drifting sideways through the cone of yellow-orange light. The sky is a pearly dark color, that smooth featureless sky of a snowstorm at night. Beautiful in an eerie way, but I'm very glad I'm warm and cosy inside and the electric power in Northern Colorado is reliable.

Colorado is a beautiful place, but it can also kill you - anyone outside tonight better be well-protected wearing boots with a good grip. A snowstorm with near-whiteout conditions and a steady 20 mph wind out of Canada is nothing to fool with, as Karna and I found out a few years ago when we were surprised by a sudden change in weather when we were in Boulder. A 15-mile drive back home sounds easy enough when the weather is bright and clear, but it's another thing altogether in the dark with snow coming directly at the windshield and no sign of the road except for marker poles every 50 feet or so.

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Old 29th October 2009, 05:25 AM   #6406
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Perhaps you could post a picture for the less fortunate in the morning, Lynn.
It would probably be a relatively good use of bandwidth
It sounds like a Christmas card scene.
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Old 29th October 2009, 05:42 AM   #6407
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Stay tuned with Channel 7 News, which is what Karna and I were watching today. I don't envy the commuters, although the main roads (as usual) are clear. It's the residential areas that don't get plowed as often. It looks like schools across the Front Range cities will be closed tomorrow as well. Traffic at the airport is reduced although flights are still coming and going on a regular basis.

This isn't as bad as the 7 successive snowstorms a couple of years ago (when I had my accident) that pretty much shut down things all across the state, with people sleeping at the airport for days at a time and thousands of cattle starving on the plains. The old-timers (anyone that's been here more than a few years) said you had go back 15 years to get a succession of blizzards that matched that one. You can bet I'm careful after that experience - I wear only hard-core outdoor clothing when I have to go outside in snowy weather. If I had been wearing good boots that day the accident probably would have resulted in nothing worse than skinned knees and elbows. No more snow-shoveling either - next year we bought a Honda snow-thrower to keep the driveway and sidewalks clear, instead of doing it the hard way with a snow-shovel.

The forecast is for this thing to clear out by tomorrow evening, and clear, cold, and sunny over the weekend. It's so dry here that the sun alone melts a lot of snow - it sublimates directly into the air without turning into slush, as it would back East. It'll be clear and cold, and you see the weird sight of 3 feet of snow piled in windblown drifts on the Northern side of buildings while it is bone-dry and clear everywhere else.

The coldest weather is usually very dry - the time when it dropped to -15F the snow was only a light dusting on the ground, and the stars were razor-sharp at night. Cold like that feels unusual - oddly enough not as bone-chilling as New York City with that terrible icy wind off the Atlantic, but more something that gradually crept up on you, as parts of your face went numb. If you breathed too deep, you'd feel it - the cold would burn your lungs and you'd cough.

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Since you asked, this is what it looks like outside my window right now - adjusted in Photoshop to match the subjective impression. What you can't quite see are the snowflakes flying through the cones of light cast by the streetlamps.

What's interesting about this picture is that the mast for the powerlines, along with the distant hillside, can't be seen at all visually, but the camera saw it just fine. On the other hand, the camera doesn't quite capture the smooth tonality of the sky, and it took a lot of Photoshop twiddling to get the color even halfway right. It does convey the impression of a dark, cold night, and that's what it looks like outside the window right now.
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Old 29th October 2009, 06:57 AM   #6409
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I miss Colorado a lot. Having been there a few times skiing and backpacking in the show was actually a very memorable experience. Just recently I've been figuring how to convert my slides to digital without too much trouble.
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A nice set of pictures at the Denver Post.
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