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  1. It was a mixed blessing. We had 13 flash flood warnings during the Monsoon season, due to the burn scars. Are you up near Horsetooth?
  2. Today marks the 1 year anniversary of Cameron Peak making it's final big run (and the start of my 3 week evacuation), as well as the start of the East Troublesome fire. What a difference a year makes. We actually had a decent monsoon up here this year, which was very fortunate as we were trending the same direction as last year before it kicked in.
  3. We had 20 minutes of heavy snow and lots of lightning up here this evening. Love these October squall like conditions.
  4. Just a few more days of color to go up here, but I did capture this yesterday looking down from my deck to the North Fork of the Big Thompson.
  5. GFS is starting to show something way out at +384, which is a few days later...around the 22nd, with highest impact for NM. It will be interesting to watch this one as we move out of fantasy land.
  6. I sure do enjoy reading your posts in the fall/winter/spring. You know it's definitely time to start that winter thread when Raindance is talking about Kamchatka.
  7. Yeah, get that winter thread going. I actually had to fire up the heater this afternoon. Up here, sitting at a balmy 42 degrees and socked into the cloud deck with very limited visibility. It feels November'ish...
  8. Not sure that one has much chance. Sam will leave a pretty good cold pool in it's wake, and even so it's recurve will allow anything that forms from that wave to rotate up and around the ridge. I think Sam is it for CV threats this year, imho.
  9. The mountains have already had snow this year (a couple of weeks ago). For my area, ~Estes Park and Larimer county above 7k', I will predict Oct 7th. This is a very average date for us over the past few years. Last year was a very notable exception on Labor Day.
  10. It looks like yesterday was good for a lot of areas. The hail scenes on the news were a bit interesting...fortunately it appeared to be mostly small hail but it did accumulate nicely.
  11. Well, quite ironically....Phillips County in the far NE plains received up to 9" of rain last night.
  12. I was just thinking last weekend that we have largely escaped large hail events this season. Sounds like that was a bit premature.
  13. That sort of rainfall can indeed happen in Colorado, but with devastating effects. The 1976 Big Thompson flood is quite the example. From Wiki: On July 31, 1976, during the celebration of Colorado's centennial, the Big Thompson Canyon was the site of a devastating flash flood that swept down the steep and narrow canyon, claiming the lives of 143 people, 5 of whom were never found. This flood was triggered by a nearly stationary thunderstorm near the upper section of the canyon that dumped 300 millimeters (12 inches) of rain in less than 4 hours (more than 3/4 of the average annual rainfall for the area). Little rain fell over the lower section of the canyon, where many of the victims were. Around 9 p.m., a wall of water more than 6 meters (20 ft) high raced down the canyon at about 6 m/s (14 mph), destroying 400 cars, 418 houses and 52 businesses and washing out most of U.S. Route 34.[6] This flood was more than 4 times as strong as any in the 112-year record available in 1976, with a discharge of 1,000 cubic meters per second (35,000 ft³/s).
  14. We got more this evening, about .3". It's crazy to see the feast or famine over the past 6 weeks. Regarding the boulders, this road is directly below a ridge that was burned in Cameron Peak fire last summer...hence the unobstructed flows coming down the mountain in the drainages. Burn Scar flooding is no joke we are learning, and it doesn't require a huge rain dump.
  15. It's hard to be ungrateful for additional monsoonal moisture, but we've had enough up here. This photo is of Black Creek Road in our neighborhood. It is one of two county owned roads in the neighborhood, and Larimer has rebuilt it twice since July 4th. This is it's current state which is amazing and frankly hard to believe considering that most of the series of floods have been caused by events of an inch or less of rain. There are homes on this road, so not just a minor nuisance.
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