Posted on March 1, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — OK, it’s not quite spring yet, as least as far as the “official” definition, which sets the start of the loveliest season at vernal equinox, around March 21. But meteorologically speaking, March 1 is the start of spring, regardless of what the groundhogs and robins are doing, and it’s also the snowiest month of the year for our little slice of the Colorado high country. Sometimes it feels like a battle of the seasons, with winter furiously throwing more snow on to the ground in an ultimately futile effort to slow the inevitable — like the return of the robins. Continue reading
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Posted on February 24, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
In winter’s grasp …
Delicate crystals grow on stalks of dry grass near the shore of Dillon Reservoir.
FRISCO — Despite the risk of slightly frostbitten fingers, I have a strange fascination with the frost formations that grace the Colorado high country during the winter. The best time to photograph them is during the middle to late part of fall, when daily temperature fluctuations are greatest and there’s still some moist air streaming off streams, ponds and lakes. That’s the combination that fuels the best growth. Continue reading
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Posted on February 23, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
This near-total clearcut near Frisco, Colorado, may provide a higher-value ecosystem service than a slow-growing forest. bberwyn photo.
Higher albedo of snow-covered ground a factor in climate mitigation calculations
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Snow farming is nothing new for ski area operators, who have long been cultivating the white stuff to help keep their slopes covered. Now, a recent study by researchers at Darthmouth College suggests that snow farming could also make sense on a larger scale, in the context of climate-change mitigation.
In a novel look at forests and snow, their report says that replacing forests with snow-covered meadows may provide greater climatic and economic benefits than if slow-growing trees are left standing in snowy high latitudes. In those areas, persistent snow cover reflects heat back into space, partially offsetting the effect of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. Continue reading
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Posted on February 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado stands out as one of the few western states with above average precipitation during January 2014.
January 2014 cool and dry across the U.S.
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — The monthly summary from NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center tells a tale of two winters across the United States, with cold conditions and big snows in the eastern half of the country and record drought and warmth in parts of the West.
Overall, the nationally averaged temperature across the contiguous 48 states was 30.3 degrees Fahrenheit, 0.1 degrees below the 20th century average, making it the coldest January since 2011, according to the state of the climate report for January 2014. Continue reading
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Posted on January 26, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Where will the Olympic flag fly for future winter games as the global climate warms?
‘Fewer and fewer traditional winter sports regions will be able to host a Olympic Winter Games in a warmer world…’
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — By the middle of this century, many legendary winter Olympic cities will likely be to warm to host the games in the future, according to a new study from the University of Waterloo (Canada) and Management Center Innsbruck (Austria).
“The cultural legacy of the world’s celebration of winter sport is increasingly at risk,” said University of Waterloo Professor Daniel Scott, a Canada Research Chair in global tourism and lead author of the study. “Fewer and fewer traditional winter sports regions will be able to host a Olympic Winter Games in a warmer world.”
Only six of the previous Winter Olympics host cities will be cold enough to reliably host the Games by the end of this century if global warming projections prove accurate, and even under conservative warming scenarios, only 11 of the previous 19 sites could host the Games, the study found after tracking temperature increases at previous Olympic sites. Continue reading
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Posted on January 12, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Shooting into the sun with an iPhone, using the camera’s HDR to capture a bit of the iridescence in the upper level clouds as a winter storm descended on Summit County.
FRISCO —It certainly feels like the heart of winter right now in Summit County, as well it should. Mid-January is the time for snow and ice, and this year Mother Nature has delivered on time. Today’s Sunday set is a little photographic homage to the white stuff, an important part of life in the Colorado high country in so many ways. Visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for a full selection of Colorado landscape images, available as fine art prints or greeting cards. Continue reading
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Posted on December 28, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Winter water …
Looking upstream, with a little bit of early light for highlights on the ice.
FRISCO — For the first time in a few weeks, I zipped up to one of my favorite spots along the Snake River for a quick morning photo session, hoping to catch some of that thick riverside frost on the trees and bushes. In the end, I ran out of camera battery before getting the shot I wanted — my own fault, as I forgot to charge them last night. And a slight overcast muted the light, which made it a little harder to catch some of the nuanced tones in the canyon. But I was still happy with a handful of images. Winter in Colorado ROCKS! Please visit our online Fine Art America gallery for more landscape prints or greeting cards — purchasing our photography is a great way to support independent online journalism. Continue reading
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Posted on December 27, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The chilly season!
Winter sunrise glow can be intense.
FRISCO — A short and sweet photographic celebration of the winter season in Summit County, Colorado … Continue reading
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Posted on December 17, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Cool U.S. readings the exception in a record-warm month
Planet Earth record-warm in November 2013. Graphic courtesy NASA.
FRISCO — November’s cool temperatures across parts of North America were the exception, as the rest of globe reported all-time record warmth for the month. According to the National Climatic Data Center’s monthly update, the average global temperature was 1.40 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average.
Many regions saw all-time record highs, including southern Russia, northwest Kazakhstan, south India, southern Madagascar, parts of the central and south Indian Ocean, and sections of the Pacific Ocean.
Northern Australia, parts of North America, south west Greenland, and parts of the Southern Ocean near South America were cooler than average, but no regions of the globe were record cold during November. Read the full report here. Continue reading
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Posted on December 4, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Early winter in Colorado
November 2012 brought one of the most spectacular displays of stacked wave and lenticular clouds that I’ve ever seen.
FRISCO —November may not be the sexiest month — no wildflowers, the aspen leaves are long gone and there’s usually not quite enough snow for real wintry scenes. But I’ve learned in the last few years that it’s a month that can bring incredible displays of color in the sky, dramatic cloudscapes and wonderful frost and ice scenes. One of these shots will be featured in out 2014 Summit Voice calendar. What’s your favorite? Continue reading
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