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Morning photo: Solstice!

Winter begins …


FRISCO — Once more, our Blue Marble has slipped into another celestial phase, marking the northern hemisphere’s maximum tilt away from the sun. The low sun angle often helps create dramatic landscapes, as the snow takes on an otherwordly glow, enveloping the mountains with soft light and long shadows. Enjoy the season!

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Colorado forecasters issue avalanche watch

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A strong storm will increase the avalanche danger in the Colorado mountains.

Avalanche cycle likely by Sunday, experts say

Staff Report

FRISCO — An incoming winter storm has prompted the Colorado Avalanche Information Center to issue an avalanche watch for most of the Colorado Mountains, with the exception of the southern San Juans and the Sangre de Cristos.

Heavy snow falling on a weak snowpack will quickly push the avalanche hazard into the red zone, with triggered avalanches all but certain on slide-prone terrain the next few days. Continue reading

Morning Photo: Winter vibes

Snow cometh …


FRISCO — Winter is working its magic across the high country of Colorado, painting the mountains and valleys with a glittery blanket of snow. These shots highlight the many different ways light can manifest on freshly fallen snow, all taken on different days, but at about the same time each day, within an hour after sunrise. Enjoy the season!

Morning photo: Sunday set

Flashback …

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A slice of skyline along the shore of Dillon Reservoir in Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO — I figured that, before winter really gets rolling would be a good time to clean up the photo archives, which meant going back through the autumn months and trying to keep the number of images to a somewhat manageable size. Plus, looking back at the images of the most recent season is a good reality check for the weather. Our day-to-day memory can play tricks, but photos don’t lie. We enjoyed a spectacular autumn in the Colorado high country, with just a bit of early snow, but generally mild weather through September and especially in late October, when a few weeks with temps running 10 to 15 degrees above normal made many people wonder if winter would ever show up. Continue reading

Morning photo: The edge

Freezing up …

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Hazy morning light on an early December morning.

FRISCO —A quick gallery on the cusp of seasons as we head toward the solstice and the official start of winter in Summit County and the final freeze-up of Dillon Reservoir. The slow start to snowfall in December may not be the best for skiers and local resorts, but it’s been interesting to watch the slow weather transitions from a photography standpoint. This year, the first big snow came BEFORE the ice; now, the snow is starting to melt again (at least in the valleys), which kind of makes it feel like the seasons went into reverse a little bit! Continue reading

U.S. November temps well below average

Snow cover extent largest on record for any November

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A year-to-date temperature ranking map shows the split between east and west.

Staff Report

FRISCO — Last month was the chilliest November across the U.S. since 2000, federal climate trackers said today in the latest monthly update from the National Climatic Data Center.

The average temperature across the lower 48 states was 2.4 degrees Fahrenheit below the 20th century average, making it 16th-coldest November on record. Numerous states, from North Dakota southeast all the way to Georgia, reported near-record cold readings. No state was record cold, but Alabama and Mississippi each had their second coldest November.

Average temperatures in New England and across the Intermountain West, with California, Nevada and Arizona tallying above-average readings, along with Alaska, which reported its fifth-warmest November on record. Continue reading

Morning photo: Frozen!

Winter glory

Frozen fountain.

Frozen fountain.

FRISCO — OK, so it hasn’t exactly been hardcore winter around here the past few days. After that big mid-November snow, things warmed up pretty dramatically, which means I had to reach back into the archives to compile this set of winter images, a reminder of different each year can be when it comes to weather. But I wanted to highlight a few shots that speak to the season in all its frozen glory. Check out our daily photo feed on Instagram and visit our Fine Art America online gallery for more landscape shots from Colorado. Continue reading

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