Bald Eagles in Wild Storm

With Winter Storm Ulmer crashing in, the bald eagles at their Fort St. Vrain nest (https://amylaw.blog/2019/02/10/eagle-cam/)have had a hard day today. It started off with driving sleet that soaked our birds. Both of them huddled together for about half an our — the longest I’ve seen both birds in the nest during the day. ButContinue reading “Bald Eagles in Wild Storm”

This Winter’s Weather Patterns

I’ve been obsessing for the last couple of posts about how dry we’ve been this winter. This image from the NOAA GOES satellite says it all: The blue is storm clouds — Winter Storm Quinn, to be exact, that dumped feet of snow on the Sierra Nevada. It hit the Colorado border and turned northContinue reading “This Winter’s Weather Patterns”

Snowpack Levels Low

Many people don’t realize that the western part of the United States is generally arid to semi-arid. The Pacific Northwest gets biblical amounts of rain, of course, because of the coastal mountain ranges wring the water out of the wet air. Every range of mountains east of the coast catches the ever drier air, andContinue reading “Snowpack Levels Low”

Night-glowing Clouds

I saw these clouds outside my back door last night, just as the sun was setting.   I think they are noctilucent clouds — nocti means nigh and lucent means glowing or shining. Noctilucent clouds form when there is a lot of ice particles from water vapor extremely high in the atmosphere.Mysterious Glowing Clouds AppearContinue reading “Night-glowing Clouds”

Beautiful, mesmerizing, educational.

My mom sent me this website a couple of weeks ago. http://hint.fm/wind/index.html  It shows the direction and speed of surface winds for the entire country. This screen shot doesn’t do it justice, because on the webpage, the wind lines flow. Beautiful. In addition to being mesmerizing and beautiful, the map is very educational. When you lookContinue reading “Beautiful, mesmerizing, educational.”

Colorado Monsoons

The weatherman is calling for thunderstorms tonight, as “monsoon moisture returns to the state.” I always feel weather forecasters are a little presumptuous calling summer moisture in Colorado monsoons.  I mean, although we can have the occasional gully-washer, our piddly precip is nothing compared with the six months of torrential rain that most people normallyContinue reading “Colorado Monsoons”