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Colorado: Weather and climate summit returns to Breckenridge

Hurricane Isaac satellite image

Hurricane Isaac moving into the Gulf of Mexico in August, 2012. Satellite image courtesy NOAA.

Extreme weather communications, sea level rise and Arctic meltdown on the agenda

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — Following a year that ended up being the warmest on record for the contiguous 48 states, and that included a monster drought and superstorm Sandy, weather experts have a lot to talk about.

This week, broadcast meteorologists will have a chance to meet face to face with climate researchers and other experts during the annual Glenn Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge, Colorado (Jan. 14-18).

This is the second year the summit is being held in Breckenridge, but the main purpose is stil the same — building relationships between broadcast meteorologists and scientists who are doing groundbreaking research, said conference organizer Dave Jones, president and CEO of StormCenter Communications, Inc. Continue reading

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Summit County: Slow-moving T-storms pound high country

Mudslide partially blocks Highway 9 north of Silverthorne

A bolt of lightning strikes Buffalo Mountain, in Summit County, Colorado as slow-moving thunderstorms soak the area July 18. PHOTO BY BOB BERWYN.

SUMMIT COUNTY — The National Weather Service Monday evening reported flash flooding from Blue River to Breckenridge and warned that the flooding may extend into the Lower Blue Valley, north of Silverthorne later, extending a flash flood warning until 10:45 p.m.

In Breckenridge, Airport Road was closed due to high water, as up to three inches of rain fell across parts of Summit County, according to the National Weather Service’s cooperative observer network. The flash flood warning specifically named Sawmill and Cucumber Creek, as well as French Gulch as potential trouble spots.

Flooding along roads and overflowing culverts are also likely. The heavy rain will probably trigger rock and mudslides on steeper terrain. A tweet from The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore suggested there have already been rockslides near Breckenridge.

Highway 9 north of Silverthorne was down to one lane alternating in each direction following a mudslide, according to CDOT’s CoTrip website.

Via Facebook, Debbie Siegel Tyber says, “Watch out for Moonstone Road. Water rushing across the road and it’s washed out in spots.”

A NOAA satellite image shows an impressive plume of subtropical moisture rotating clockwise around high pressure and streaming into Colorado. More thunderstorms are forecast for Tuesday.

VIDEO: Lightning, rain and thunder in Frisco, Colorado

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There was also flooding in other parts of the state.

There were also tornado warnings for the Cortez area, where a tornado has been reported.

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