National Weather Service

July 16, 2014--Grasshopper plagues: agricultural nightmare or ecological boon? (High Country News)

In early June, meteorologists at the National Weather Service in Albuquerque, New Mexico, were puzzled: There was a big splotch on the radar that didn’t look like any weather system they’d ever seen. Maybe their software had a bug? Turns out, the dark green blob hovering over Albuquerque wasn’t a software glitch at all but a giant swarm of grasshoppers.

June 6, 2014--Lake Powell rising a foot every day (Deseret News)

A big snowpack that is being eaten away by high temperatures is causing the water at Lake Powell to rise a foot a day — good news for boaters and other water revelers. "This is a good year to boat at Lake Powell," said Paul Ostapuk, a spokesman for Friends of Lake Powell.

May 23, 2014--Dust bowl days: Will we cut carbon pollution fast enough to prevent permanent droughts? (Climate Progress)

Large parts of the Southwest are drier than they were during the 1930s Dust Bowl. And the latest science says unrestricted carbon pollution will make this a near-permanent situation post-2050 in a growing portion of this country and around the world — for a thousand years or more! Earlier this month, the U.S.

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 (

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.

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