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Weird weather? [Colorado]

post #1 of 24
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Being new to the front range, is this weather normal? I mean October was pretty awesome with a bit of snow and a lot of snow forecasted and now that November is here it's dry as hell and in the mid 60s today. This suxs, I want grey skys, 20s-30s and white stuff falling from the sky on a regular basis. piss on this high pressure nice weather garbage.This isn't turning out to be the Antarctica I thought it was suppose to be from last months preview!
post #2 of 24

Golfing in winter is normal in the Denver area. Don't expect snow on the ground all the time. Remember, you are below 6,000 feet (I'm guessing, but you get the picture) and the ski areas start at 9,000 feet. The weather on the Front Range is not indicative of weather in the mountains. Be happy you aren't shoveling and dealing with ice, etc. When it does snow big on the Front Range, the roads can go to hell in a hand basket pretty quickly.

post #3 of 24

Transplants are so cute. ;)

 

You will not be getting those days of gray skies, sorry. This is one of the sunniest places in the country. As MastersRacer said, the weather down here is not the weather up in the mountains. HIgh pressure does kind of suck, but we get a lot of it. It's usually in the 50s on Christmas Day, which is always nice for taking your toys out to play. 

 

Just watch for the bank of clouds sitting up in the hills, and smile at it, while it's beautiful down here. We will get some weather, don't worry. But annual average snowfall in Denver is only 60 inches or so, nothing like other parts of the country. 

 

That said, temperature and weather can swing wildly. Once I went to class up in Boulder in shorts, and came out to 2 inches of snow. Always be prepared ... take a jacket, and take sunscreen, no matter what.

post #4 of 24

Just wait till you have to ski when it's sunny. What a nightmare!

post #5 of 24
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Just wait till you have to ski when it's sunny. What a nightmare!
We skied copper sunday...only day it didn't snow last week...very nice views, but I would like to ski some fresh
post #6 of 24
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We skied copper sunday...only day it didn't snow last week...very nice views, but I would like to ski some fresh

 

Patience, son.  There will be plenty of fresh snow to ski.  It's a long season.  Save some ski energy for April and May.  

 

It's going to be in the 60's this weekend on the front range.  There are not many weekends like this left.  Get out and enjoy it doing something other than skiing the same crowded, skied off run or two over and over.  Trust me on this one.

post #7 of 24
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Ahhhhhhhh its overload, I can't take it. I wanna ski every fricken day! I'm so lucky I live far enough away to not make it reasonable to duck out early from work....I'd wind up unemployed. I see all the snow on the front range peaks and I swear I see little skiers sliding up and down the slopes......
post #8 of 24

Back in the early 1980's (January) I went to Vail with my parents on a road trip. This was before web cams and instant snow reports from the internet - all we had was a weekly printed snow report in our newspaper. We left Omaha early in the morning and it was cold and snowy. Weather was very wintery all of the way to eastern Colorado, and then it changed. By the time we hit Denver it was in the low 70s! I was having a fit since I thought our trip was ruined. We headed up into the mountains and no snow. Even as we drew nearer to the Eisenhower Tunnel there was hardly any snow. Then BAM, we drove out of the tunnel and were magically back into a winter wonderland.

 

To this day as I drive through Denver I have to keep telling myself that their weather isn't indicative of the weather that is to come in another hour or so.

post #9 of 24

Lift lines at Copper and A-basin this morning:

 

 

 

Those are some of the worst lift lines of the year... to wait for some of the worst skiing of the year.

 

Only explanation I can fathom:

 

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Transplants are so cute. ;)

 

 

Me, I'm heading out for a mountain bike ride!  High of 61 today and 64 tomorrow, woohoo!

post #10 of 24

Jaded locals are cute, too, but not quite as cute as transplants.  :D

 

We skied Copper until about 10:30 this morning, and then the line was too much. Get out bright and early, that is the key.  It's just nice to be up there. Went last night, had dinner, watched hockey, took condo inventory. (Need bourbon, toothpaste, and coffee, if anyone cares.)

 

That line at Abasin is nothing, btw, probably 2 or 3 min worth. Should have stopped by on the way home. 

post #11 of 24

How much of the Basin is open? Is Lenawee a collision avoidance nightmare?

That weather looks pretty sunny too. Must have been horrible. Was it bad enough to need sunscreen?

post #12 of 24
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Originally Posted by Jason Robertson View Post

Being new to the front range, is this weather normal? I mean October was pretty awesome with a bit of snow and a lot of snow forecasted and now that November is here it's dry as hell and in the mid 60s today. This suxs, I want grey skys, 20s-30s and white stuff falling from the sky on a regular basis. piss on this high pressure nice weather garbage.This isn't turning out to be the Antarctica I thought it was suppose to be from last months preview!

 

No, it is absolutely normal, in that it is totally unpredictable. Front range Colorado draws weather from all over the place- wind will push air from the gulf up, air from the arctic down, from the pacific, etc.

 

Just wait for your 70* days around the first week in January, followed by -10*.

post #13 of 24
Patience is a virtue, but still a bitch.
post #14 of 24

Lived here since 1996 and have not had many Xmas days that there was actually snow on the ground.

Most of the time when we have snow, it is melted by noon.

On the other hand, I was stuck in my house for 3 days due to a major storm.

 

I love Colorado!

post #15 of 24
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

Jaded locals are cute, too, but not quite as cute as transplants.  :D

 

We skied Copper until about 10:30 this morning, and then the line was too much. Get out bright and early, that is the key.  It's just nice to be up there. Went last night, had dinner, watched hockey, took condo inventory. (Need bourbon, toothpaste, and coffee, if anyone cares.)

 

That line at Abasin is nothing, btw, probably 2 or 3 min worth. Should have stopped by on the way home. 

You had to go up to find this out?  Always need bourbon and coffee..... I'm calling BS on this:D

post #16 of 24
What a great weekend for Mountain Biking!   Looks like another one coming up too... oh, sorry, wrong thread.   :)
 

It was shorts and short sleeves for one of my favorite rides, Mt Falcon by Morrison.  Here are a couple pictures of Red Rocks... less than an hour away from skiing at Loveland.

 

Sunset over Red Rocks from Mt Falcon

 

View of Red Rocks from Mt Falcon

 

 

post #17 of 24

I thought of this thread today ... went to play tennis at 1:30, in shorts, as it was 68 degrees out. Court was indoors, even though it was nice to play outside ... you just reserve indoors in November, because. Anyway, came outside at 3 and it was 41??? Still sunny, looked just the same, but my legs were a bit chilly. I guess a little cold front came through. 

post #18 of 24

There are guys at work that wear shorts all year round. Although, I do work in a geekie techie place. :)

post #19 of 24

It will dry out and be warm for next two weeks it looks like.  This is just the calm before the December storms.  Enjoy it.

post #20 of 24
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There are guys at work that wear shorts all year round. Although, I do work in a geekie techie place. :)

My son didn't even own pants for about a year. 

post #21 of 24

The Colorado Memes facebook page gives a good perspective on Colorado's weather:

 

https://www.facebook.com/YouKnowYoureAColoradoanWhen

 

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post #22 of 24
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Originally Posted by segbrown View Post
 

I thought of this thread today ... went to play tennis at 1:30, in shorts, as it was 68 degrees out. Court was indoors, even though it was nice to play outside ... you just reserve indoors in November, because. Anyway, came outside at 3 and it was 41??? Still sunny, looked just the same, but my legs were a bit chilly. I guess a little cold front came through. 

 

The news just said it dropped 30 degrees in four hours this afternoon.   That's some weird weather there.

post #23 of 24

Two days ago Joel was predicting doom and gloom and warm weather and now hes saying a decent storm will hit this weekend and cold temps will be back for UT/NM/CO. Ah, to be a weather forecaster, must be tough.

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Two days ago Joel was predicting doom and gloom and warm weather and now hes saying a decent storm will hit this weekend and cold temps will be back for UT/NM/CO. Ah, to be a weather forecaster, must be tough.

 

At least Joel admits it can be very tough to make an accurate forecast,unlike many other meteorologists.

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