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This could be a rough summer
« on: May 23, 2011, 07:35:31 AM »
So far the weather in 2011 has not been kind to the eastern part of the country. I'm sure we're all aware of what happened in Joplin, MO last night. Puffin is not too far away from there for those of you that's don't know that so here's hoping he'll make an appearance to tell us he's okay.

Below is the year to date severe weather map that has not included the past week of activity. At this point according to NOAA we are nstionally close to reaching our annual average for the number of tornodaos. It's not ever June yet.

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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2011, 07:57:32 AM »
And they are predicting an active hurricane season, 12-18 named storms. Kind of doubt that the US will be missed by all of them as we were last year.
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #2 on: May 23, 2011, 07:59:06 AM »
Shhhhh... I will take all the misses I can get. I don't want to go through another 2004-2005.
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #3 on: May 23, 2011, 11:38:40 PM »
Thats an excellent graphic NP.
 
With all this rain, The Mississippi is going to be running high for a long time.
 
Here there is a lot of seasonal tourist business dependent on the areas lakes and rivers.
But with the lakes at or nearly at full flood stage, a lot of campgrounds and resorts are in the water. The rivers are at or over the banks and will be for a long time. This is the second time thats happened 3 years.
The local ranchers have been delayed about 10 days from making their first cutting of hay. Might need another week of dry weather to get equipment in the fields.
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2011, 07:06:33 AM »
Glad to see you're apparently okay Puffin in spite of all the regionally nasty weather. Mother Nature has been brutal beyond words in that region of the country this year.
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #5 on: May 24, 2011, 12:35:45 PM »
....ditto Puff!!....

....there's an old adage the Colorado farmers out on the prairie have grounded in generations of experience-

....when there is a lot of spring snow still remaining in the mountains....there's going to be a lot of severe storms and hail....

....Aspen Mountain ski slope just re-opened this past weekend- they have 70" of base, got near 2 feet this weekend....

....it will all be heading east....
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #6 on: May 24, 2011, 09:51:30 PM »
Those that had season lift tickets at the ski resorts got their money's worth this year!!!
 
Weird day. This morning clear blue cloudless skies, mid 80's, after a night of thunderstorms.
Even got the yard mowed . It was a good day for a mow.
We are now on a Tornado watch until 3am tomorrow.
The storm that will probably effect us is now around Oklahoma City, about 300 miles away.
 
 
 
 
 
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« Reply #7 on: May 24, 2011, 11:30:50 PM »
Oh dear. Will be thinking of you and Mrs. Puff.  Hope the "wild cam" and wildlife is ok, too.
My cousins are reporting a lot of lightning activity in Arlington TX (between Ft. Worth and Dallas) and they have a tornado watch too.
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« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2011, 06:45:01 AM »
Did anyone see hovering telephone pole yesterday on the news? The radar images were spectacular. I don't think I've ever seen that much lavender on doppler. Anyhow in case you didn't see the pole here's a copy someone posted on youtube.

Oklahoma Tornado near El Reno- amazing footage. May 24, 2011 Small | Large
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« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2011, 07:45:59 AM »
Probably the single most sphincter tightening moment of that individuals life.
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2011, 11:00:06 PM »
The weather channel crew thats out on "The great American Tornado Hunt" had perfect timing.
That guy Mike Bettis of the Weather channel was 5 minutes from Joplin when the tornado hit. He started broadcasting while the debris was still falling from the sky. Hopefully the coverage of the storms will ensure that people no longer ignore the sirens.
We had "Tornado Watch" till 3pm today. Still safe.
 
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« Reply #11 on: May 25, 2011, 11:33:26 PM »
Glad you are ok, Puff!  Good pics as usual!
NP, that hovering pole is downright chilling. Wizard of Oz Wicked Witch background music anyone??
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #12 on: May 25, 2011, 11:54:33 PM »
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...when there is a lot of spring snow still remaining in the mountains....there's going to be a lot of severe storms ...[/]
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....an article in the DENVER POST today noting the traditional 'start of the summer season' Memorial Day holiday 3-day weekend metropolitan mass dash to the mountain camp grounds and national forests isn't going to happen this year....

....the POST reports May snow pack in the high country is at 135% of the May 30-year average with 4 to 10 feet of snow still remaining....and still accumulating; the avalanche danger remains extreme- had a younger guy killed this weekend skiing down Torrey Peak....

....high country campgrounds and National Forests will remain closed until further notice....

....Trail Ridge Road up in Rocky Mountain Park will not be open for the traditional Memorial Day weekend for first time in recent memory due to the deep snow pack and blizzard conditions which keep negating the road crews' efforts to clear the popular high country alpine road and they are hoping to have it open 'sometime in early June'....

....campgrounds and National Forest in the lower foothills are really iffy due to remaining snow pack and saturated ground....

....commercial rafting firms are wanting to lick their chops, but that sword can cut two ways as the runoff can get too heavy and too deadly dangerous to operate float trips (last year  a college girl got dumped out of the raft, and then got caught deep under a garage-size boulder in a hydraulic hole- they had to wait until August to have the Army Corps of Engineers go up to actually dam & divert the river to finally retrieve her) ....

....all that moisture will definitely be heading east and it is looking like an eventful summer for storm chasing and storm cellar construction out across the fruited plains....

....the current system passed over the mile high bunker the other day and it looked and sounded like the developing troublemaker it has turned out to be; I lucked out, but they did have a funnel barely touch down on the northwest side of the metro area for a brief period. That's a rarity here, tho Colorado ranks 9th in the nation for tornado occurences, however the overwhelming bulk of those start to occur out on my eastern horizon....

....a side note- there have been a couple studies showing how the heat of the Denver metropolitan area actually increases the intensity of the thunderboomers passing overhead by 20 to 50%....before they head off east....

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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2011, 09:21:40 AM »
The weater here at the castle was anti-climactic last night. Rain and distant thunder.  North of us seemed to be getting a pounding. I'll take snow over tornado season anyday!
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Re: This could be a rough summer
« Reply #14 on: May 26, 2011, 09:56:51 AM »
I got a little hail and a tree down up the road.  Sat on the front porch and watched for a while.
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