Saturday, May 10, 2014

Springtime In the Rockies?

Let's hear it for global warming!

As I write this, it is the morning of May 10, 2014. Rather early in the morning; about quarter to six. I'm an early riser.

Today's weather forecast is calling for snow. Snow.

We've already had eighty-degree days this month – just a few days a go, in fact. I've been wearing shorts and been happily shoeless. Riding my bike again. In other words, it's been summer-like.

But seeing is believing. Check out the accompanying graphics, copied off of the Weather Underground page.

The Weather Underground page is usually pretty accurate. I supplement its forecasts with one from the National Weather Service site. More often than not, they agree. As with TV weather people and other weather sources, just about everyone cribs their forecast from the NWS.

So the Weather Underground has, for several days now, been saying there is a one hundred percent chance of snow on Sunday. Up to six inches around where I live, and up to a couple of feet in the mountains. Happy Mother's Day! 

The mountain snow is good for the snowpack, which is good for the runoff and the tributaries and the lower altitudes. Supposedly it's been rather dry this year, which is hard to believe in the aftermath of last September.

Anyway, that's the forecast. Snow.