Wednesday May 18, 2016:
Sunday April 17, 2016:
Well, being a weather fanatic and pure snow lover, I am super bummed the powerful spring snow we got in Colorado happened again while I was out of town. The mountains have been getting pummeled by this wet snow. According to the last 2 24-hr snow accumulation maps from NOAA, the snow totals are huge.
Meanwhile, I’m down in San Antonio, Texas watching the weather go by us. However, the cold front that is moving through west Texas should be arriving soon to San Antonio (south-central Texas). Paired with the constant stream of moisture being brought in from the Gulf of Mexico, the chances of some thunderstorms should be good in the next handful of hours today.
Looking at the Dew Point map, there is another great example of what the cold front does: There is a steep gradient along the west part of Texas. The numbers are just symbolic of how much water in the air. So along the western part of Texas, the cold front has moved through and created a lot of precipitation, thus losing a lot of moisture from the air, leaving behind a steep gradient and low dew point temperatures (30’s). This is contrasted by the large dew point ahead of the cold front (70’s)
Thursday April 14, 2016:
Special shout out to my suckafish friend, Nick. Happy Birthday you no good Texan, we’ll be seeing you real soon.
Wednesday April 13, 2016:
Tuesday April 12, 2016:
On the three satellite images below, the location of water vapor, clouds and thus energy are all in agreement with the cold front on the above Intellicast surface map and NWS radar. Whenever a cold front passes, typically there will be loss of moisture due to precipitation, on the water vapor map below, the brown areas symbolize dry air. There are brown streaks that fit behind the cold fronts on the surface maps very well.
See whats in store for the air in the next couple of hours/days:
Monday April 11, 2016: A Great Example of Cold Front/Thunderstorms
Upper air maps this morning show a significant weather event over LA, AR; The cold front coming down is bringing cold air (we just experienced this last night in CO), while a high over the Atlantic is bringing warm moist air from the Gulf, exacerbated by the still fairly strong, but dying low over the US/Canada border over Michigan. These events will bring warm moist air slamming into cold air and will lead to a narrow band of unstable atmosphere. Thus on the surface map, the wind barbs show where the air masses are colliding causing the narrow band of thunderstorms.
On the three satellite images, in the visible the shape of the remaining low is still noticeable. The water vapor and infrared show where the cold front has been slamming into the moist Gulf air, leaving that signature narrow band of precip and thunderstorms.
Yesterday’s Precip: This shows the narrow band we expect today, a day ago. The pricip line is a bit more north yesterday.
Surface Temps and Dew Points: The temp map shows where the cold front has been and where it is about to be. The dew pt. map also shows where the moisture has been lost, just along the same line as the cold front because this produces large storms. The steep gradient of temp and dew pt along the cold front shows that both quantities change rapidly along that line. This makes sense because the narrow band of storms produced by this set up.
Yesterday’s Snowfall and current snow water equivalent, respectively:
The soundings for Denver and Boulder show what we are experiencing right now: cloud cover and relatively low clouds. Thus it is relatively humid near the surface. The Duane Tower data verifies this (below). The Duane data also shows we are recovering from a substantial drop in pressure; the cold front has now passed up.
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Sunday March 13, 2016:
Don’t forget to move your clocks ahead!
Saturday March 12, 2016:
Happy to have been outside this morning, nearly 40 deg, no winds. The sky had a small cloud coverage before the sunrise. This probably had to do with the fact that the cool air around the mountains must have ben flowing down, and lifting to form clouds. Soon after the sun rose, the clouds seem to burn off.
Friday March 11, 2016:
Just another fantastic winter (yeah, its till winter even if will be 70 today…) morning. Again it was a crisp morning, about 32 deg, no clouds or winds, and fairly dry feeling, meaning a fairly stable environment.
Thursday March 10, 2016:
Today was just a wonderful morning! The sky was almost entirely clear and crystal blue. There was a thin strip of clouds just east of the mountains, and what appeared to be some sinking motion. It looks like there was a stable environment.
Wednesday March 9, 2016:
This morning felt more like a March morning should, roughly 27 deg, clear morning and frost on the ground.
Tuesday March 8, 2016:
Clear and crisp morning this morning. Could feel the water in the air, and could see the hazy effect it has around the foothills.
Saturday March 7, 2016:
This morning we had an amazing sunrise, the clouds were displaying colors a camera couldn’t replicate.
Sunday March 6, 2016:
Today was another wonderful morning in Colorado.
Thursday March 3, 2016:
Today was another wonderful morning in Colorado.