National Weather Service

January 25, 2014--Early trends point to El Nino cycle (Montrose Daily Press)

Although it’s early to think about weather patterns toward the end of the year, models and trends show that Colorado could be headed for a southernly winter storm system. “We are still neutral in the cycle. The models are hinting at going toward an El Nino cycle next fall,” the National Weather Service’s Aldis Strautins said.


January 2, 2014--Drought expectations for 2014 (11 News)

We are entering the new year still in drought conditions, but in the next two weeks and over the next several months, we should be seeing a pattern change. National Weather Service officials says current models predict a pretty average year in terms of precipitation.


December 23, 2013--Time to dust off the white Christmas lament (Pueblo Chieftain)

Since 1888, it has snowed on Christmas Day 18 times, for a probability of 15 percent. But there was more than an inch in only seven years, or 6 percent of the time. The record snowfall was 5.1 inches in 1987, which was the first Christmas Day snow since 1976. The last time it snowed on Christmas Day was in 2011. Snow after the 1987 storm remained on the ground until Jan.


September 25, 2013--Rain helps replenish McPhee Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

Cortez’s rainfall in September of 2.74 inches has more than doubled the 30-year average, of 1.31 inches as of Monday, said National Weather Service observer Jim Andrus. “We’re still seeing the benefits of the monsoon season, and catching the edge of recent tropical storms in Mexico,” Andrus said.


September 24, 2013--South Platte River expected to rise about 2 feet near Kersey (7 News)

A flood warning is in effect for the Kersey area in Weld County Tuesday. The South Platte River is forecast to rise about two feet as water from Sunday's rain continues to move down the river and its tributaries, the National Weather Service said. The flood warning continues through Tuesday evening to late Tuesday night, or until the water level flows below flood stage.


September 23, 2013--Fall arrives with a deluge (Durango Herald)

Similar to what happened just four days ago in Southwest Colorado, severe rain and hailstorms closed off streets and highways around Durango and La Plata County. The storms came almost simultaneously with the onset of fall, which officially began Sunday at 2:44 p.m. Mountain Daylight Time. Flooding and mud slides brought destruction and confusion to the area.


September 20, 2013--Massive rainfall alleviates drought (ourcoloradonews.com)

For the past few years the state has been in a drought and the last two summers it has experienced devastating wild land fires and record breaking temperatures. But that drought came to an end in a matter of days for parts of Colorado as rain pummeled the Front Range causing devastating flash flooding in 17 counties.


September 18, 2013--Water has receded, but not the crisis for flooded Colorado (Los Angeles Times)

Even as flooding recedes, Colorado is reeling. Communities up and down the state's Front Range remain isolated by washed-out roads, stranded by rushing creeks and without water and power. By Tuesday morning more than 3,000 people had been rescued in Boulder and Larimer counties, the areas hit the hardest by the flooding, officials said.


September 15, 2013--Severe flooding in Colorado linked to global warming (Environmental News Network)

According to local meteorologists, what happened in Colorado was made worse by climate change. How? To find the connection, we have to look back at the opposite of wet — the very, very dry weather that's become all too common in the Centennial State.


September 14, 2013--Flooding forces people to evacuate across N.M.(Durango Herald)

Heavy rain pushed previously drought-stricken rivers from their banks and flooded streets and mountain canyons across New Mexico on Friday, forcing evacuations from Las Vegas to the U.S.-Mexico border.


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