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Colorado Weather 30 November 2009

Posted by magicdufflepud in Uncategorized.
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If accurate predictions play any part in meteorologists’ job security around here, then the turnover has to be eye-popping. Maybe all the signs warning that this is a “High Alpine Environment: Conditions may change rapidly” offer some sort of insurance. Like, even if you get those snow forecasts entirely wrong, you can shrug your shoulders and say “Hey, who knows? Those conditions? Definitely changing to rapidly too predict. I just get paid to do this.” Whatever.

Eventually it will snow here — forming those enormous and lovely pillows of powder — regardless of whether it shows up in the weather report. But for the time being, stop tantalizing those of us in Summit County! 60% chance of snow? 2 to 5 inches? These are the things weekend plans are made of. You just can’t prop up those kind of hopes willy nilly, even if the stress level in Summit County comes in a few notches below “totally mellow, man.” No excuse in that for inspiring a little weather angst. It’s not right. We skiers are a simple people, euphoric at the mere thought of making some fresh tracks, of shredding the gnar gnar if you prefer the local vernacular.

Then again, we’re still following the season averages out here, and it’s all too easy to forget that we haven’t yet left November. And yes, the meteorologists do have it pretty hard. 13000′ mountains arranged every which way across the state make every forecast a gamble. Where storms on the plains sweep eastward so predictably that even an agoraphobic Omahan can give an ETA on the rain without a peek out the window, systems break and buck when they crash into the mountains. Even the surest cell dumping an inch an hour may dissolve into sunshine by the next valley. Curious.

So let’s look take a relative look at things: back in Williamsburg right now, everyone can look forward to another chilly day of rain. Given a choice, I’d take cold and clear (even without snow) every time. When the snow does come to Summit County, and it will, we’ll find only nice things to say about the weathermen. They deserve a raise, right?

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