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From what I can tell, the forest fire smoke has been above Colorado, as well as most of the Midwest. For my area, I noticed it a week ago, but I don't know if the smoke was over Colorado for all this time. Here are RMNP web cams

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KDEN 232353Z 09005KT 4SM HZ FEW220 23/04 A3001 RMK AO2 SLP099 T02330044 10250 20222 56005
KDEN 232253Z 08007KT 5SM HZ FEW080 24/04 A3002 RMK AO2 SLP102 T02390044
KDEN 232153Z 10011G17KT 6SM HZ FEW080 24/08 A3002 RMK AO2 SLP098 T02390078
KDEN 232053Z VRB04KT 8SM FEW080 24/07 A3003 RMK AO2 SLP100 T02390072 58009
KDEN 231953Z 04003KT 8SM FEW080 24/07 A3004 RMK AO2 SLP106 T02390067
KDEN 231855Z 32003KT 6SM HZ FEW080 23/07 A3005 RMK AO2 T02330072
KDEN 231853Z 6SM HZ FEW080 23/07 A3005 RMK AO2 SLP110 T02280067
KDEN 231753Z 04004KT 7SM FEW220 23/09 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP111 T02280089 10228 20117 58004
KDEN 231653Z 33004KT 8SM FEW220 21/11 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP118 T02060106
KDEN 231553Z 28007KT 6SM HZ FEW220 18/11 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP123 T01830111
KDEN 231453Z 27008KT 6SM HZ FEW220 16/10 A3007 RMK AO2 SLP124 T01610100 52010
KDEN 231353Z 26010KT 6SM HZ FEW220 14/08 A3006 RMK AO2 SLP118 T01440078

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KDEN 210253Z 25004KT 6SM HZ FEW140 16/08 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP177 T01610083 53000
KDEN 210153Z 29004KT 5SM HZ SCT140 BKN220 18/08 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP179 T01780078
KDEN 210053Z 31009KT 6SM HZ FEW085 SCT140 BKN220 18/07 A3021 RMK AO2 LTG DSNT S SLP181 T01830072
KDEN 202353Z 30009KT 5SM HZ BKN085 BKN120 BKN200 19/08 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP182 T01940083 10211 20178 56005
KDEN 202253Z 33005KT 6SM HZ FEW100 BKN200 20/08 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP181 T02000083
KDEN 202153Z 31004KT 6SM HZ FEW120 BKN220 20/09 A3021 RMK AO2 SLP180 T02000094
KDEN 202053Z VRB04KT 6SM HZ FEW045 FEW120 BKN220 21/08 A3023 RMK AO2 SLP185 T02060083 56010
KDEN 201953Z VRB04KT 5SM HZ FEW038 FEW120 BKN220 21/09 A3023 RMK AO2 SLP184 T02060094
KDEN 201853Z 00000KT 5SM HZ FEW035 FEW120 BKN220 19/10 A3025 RMK AO2 SLP194 T01890100
KDEN 201753Z 04006KT 5SM HZ FEW030 FEW120 BKN220 18/10 A3026 RMK AO2 SLP197 T01780100 10178 20083 56009
KDEN 201653Z 30003KT 4SM HZ SCT024 SCT120 BKN220 16/09 A3027 RMK AO2 SLP203 T01610094
KDEN 201553Z 26004KT 4SM HZ SCT023 SCT120 BKN220 14/09 A3028 RMK AO2 SLP207 T01440089
KDEN 201453Z 25007KT 3SM HZ FEW120 BKN220 13/09 A3029 RMK AO2 SLP215 T01330094 50004
KDEN 201425Z 22007KT 2SM HZ FEW120 BKN220 12/09 A3029 RMK AO2 T01220094

 

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3 hours ago, Chinook said:

From what I can tell, the forest fire smoke has been above Colorado, as well as most of the Midwest. For my area, I noticed it a week ago, but I don't know if the smoke was over Colorado for all this time.

 

It was noticeable pretty much every day since last Friday around the Front Range, except Sunday which was a lot prettier. Figures that the one year we have a wet Spring, we get smoke from other places.

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Last night we got lucky with a line of storms forming right overhead, got a quarter inch before it started moving NE and terrorizing the plains.

Metro area getting hammered today, though it doesn't look like any of that will make it here, though the HRRR didn't think it would anyway.

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1 hour ago, Chinook said:

Lochbuie CoCoRAHS spotter near the Airport got 7.17" of precip. That's like more than half a year of precip for a bunch of areas, considering 14" per year.

Centennial has about 6.5" and DEN about 5.5". I'm too lazy right now to look at COCORAHS around me but would guess several have 7"+ as well. Half a year, indeed. The Denver Metro area saved millions on lawn watering this month.

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At my current location in Ohio at 41.5 degrees north, sunrise is 6:03AM and sunset is 9:01PM. At Fort Collins it is 5:32AM and 8:24PM. The sunset time is a difference of 37 minutes, plus extras due to the mountains. For an equivalent location with latitude of 41.5 in Wyoming, directly north of Fort Collins, it would be 5:29 and 8:27.

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16 hours ago, Chinook said:

At my current location in Ohio at 41.5 degrees north, sunrise is 6:03AM and sunset is 9:01PM. At Fort Collins it is 5:32AM and 8:24PM. The sunset time is a difference of 37 minutes, plus extras due to the mountains. For an equivalent location with latitude of 41.5 in Wyoming, directly north of Fort Collins, it would be 5:29 and 8:27.

So 6 minutes delta due to latitude.  The shift due to longitude within the respective time zone is big though especially if you like a late sunset. Coincidentally I was thinking quite a bit about that over the past week while on vacation in the USVI where sunrise was about  5:45am and sunset was about 6:48pm earlier this week…with total daylight of 13 hours, 3 minutes versus Fort Collins at 14 hours, 52 minutes.  My mind often fixates a bit on such matters to the great annoyance of my wife.

Here is a photo I took of one of the 6:48 sunsets  

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If I filled the boxes in right, it looks like a COCORAHS station near Arapahoe Park (just east of Aurora) got 9.84" of rain in May. Amazing. Centennial got just over 6.6". Lots and lots, and lots, of mosquitoes tonight. Everything green is happy though. What's just as incredible is my friends in central and western NY state got only 0.4"-0.75" with many days in the 80s. I think we traded weather.

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2 hours ago, ValpoVike said:

Dang, summer made it finally!

I guess the 2 ft of snow in your yard melted:rolleyes::weep:

Summer isn't here, as per the Astronomers. That is, unless, you wanted to define astronomical summer as the 91 days when the sun is highest. If so, then it arrived 45-ish days before June 21st-- that's May 7th!

 

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There have been 2-4 confirmed tornadoes near Padroni/Atwood?Merino in Northeast Colorado. It's possible that this radar image shows a double tornado situation, but the CC image does not really show the debris.

SPC mesoanalysis shows an almost-impossible 5000 J/kg

double tornadoes near Atwood.jpg

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