Posted on May 13, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
USDA declaration opens door for emergency aid
FRISCO — While spring snow and rain have slightly eased Colorado water woes, the situation is more serious in the northwestern part of the state, where three large rural counties have been designated as a contiguous disaster areas due to drought.
Senator Michael Bennet announced the designation today, saying that the U.S. Department of Agriculture declaration makes farm operators in thise counties eligible to be considered for federal assistance, including Farm Service Agency emergency loans.
“Producers on Colorado’s western slope have faced drought conditions that are damaging their goods and hurting local economies,” Bennet said. “These disaster designations will allow farmers and ranchers to access critical assistance to help them deal with any losses to crops or livestock.”
Producers in counties designated as primary or contiguous disaster areas are eligible to be considered for FSA emergency loans. Farmers in eligible counties have eight months from the date of the disaster declaration to apply for assistance. Local FSA offices can provide affected farmers and ranchers with additional information.
The drought declaration came after a winter of well-below normal snowfall and near-record warmth in the region.
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Posted on March 5, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Impacts unclear, though Gulf Coast could see rain surplus
NOAA’s El Niño map shows widespread above-average sea surface temperatures.
FRISCO — A long overdue El Niño once anticipated as a potential drought-buster for California has emerged, but may not have a huge impact on North American weather.
Forecasters with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center made the announcement this week after measuring ocean surface temperatures in the Pacific. Those temps have been running above average for several months but just now crossed the El Niño threshold. the climate experts said in their monthly outlook. Continue reading
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Posted on March 3, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Winding down …
Winter wave cloud sunset over Dillon Reservoir.
Alpenglow up close.
FRISCO —Though the equinox is still a few weeks away, the last day of February marks the end of the meteorological winter, so you might see your local TV forecaster talking about spring. Here in the heart of the Colorado Rockies, this may well go down in history as one of the mildest winters on record, as both low and high temperatures ran well above average for weeks on end. We still had our share of snow and frost, but if these past few months are a harbinger of global warming, then we’re probably in trouble. Wouldn’t it be sad if our kids and grandkids couldn’t enjoy the gorgeous frozen landscapes shown in this set? For daily photography updates, follow our Instagram feed, and visit our online gallery for an amazing selection of prints and greeting cards.
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Posted on February 23, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Study tracks increased thunderstorm formation over Atlanta
A classic anvil-headed cumulunimbus cloud drops showers just east of the Continental Divide near Grays and Torreys Peak in Colorado.
FRISCO — Along with steadily raising global temperatures in the long-term, human-caused changes in land cover can affect day-to-day weather, including the formation of thunderstorms.
Specifically, urban areas appear to help trigger the formation of thunderstorms, possibly due to an increased concentration of aerosols, according to new research published in the Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society. Continue reading
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Posted on January 4, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Annual conference includes all-star climate science speakers
November’s above-average temperatures kept Earth on track to record its warmest year on record. Learn more from this year’s Glen Gerberg Weather and Cimate Summit.
FRISCO — This year’s Glen Gerberg Weather and Climate Summit in Breckenridge once again features some notable climate scientists, including James Balog, who has documented the disappearance of Arctic sea ice, and Dr. Richard Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center. As in past years, the sessions will be webcast live, enabling the general public to listen and even to ask questions online. Continue reading
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Posted on October 23, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
October storm clears the Tenmile Range near Frisco, Colorado
FRISCO — Is there anything better than the sight of a storm clearing over a big mountain range, with lifting clouds and broken bits of sunshine streaming in? After a string of warm and sunny days, a quick storm passed through Summit County Oct. 20, leaving the higher elevations frosted with some new snow. As always, the clearing storm created stunning vistas of mountains and clouds. Follow our Instagram feed for daily photo updates and visit our online gallery for a great selection of Colorado landscape and nature images, available as fine art prints and greeting cards. Continue reading
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Posted on October 15, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
A dust storm engulfs Stratford, Texas in April of 1935. The drought of 1934 was likely made worse by dust storms triggered by the poor agricultural practices of the time.
Credit: NOAA/George E. Marsh Album.
Severe dust storms spawned even more widespread drought, research shows
FRISCO — With all the recent talk of looming megadroughts, the 1934 peak of the Dust Bowl era still remains the most severe and widespread drought in North America during the past 1,000 years, climate scientists say.
Based on tree-ring studies and other physical records, the only other comparable event was way back in the 1500s.
The extent of the 1934 drought was approximately seven times larger than droughts of comparable intensity that struck North America between 1000 A.D. and 2005, and was caused in part by an atmospheric phenomenon that may have also led to the current drought in California, according to a new study. Continue reading
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