Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Did I Move to Seattle?

Per the Weather Guessers, this May was the wettest ever across the country. For Colorado it was the wettest May in 121 years. It may be that is as far back as their records go.

States downstream of Colorado have been complaining for decades about Colorado hogging all the water. This year the state gave them all their back claims. Surprisingly, they haven’t said, “Thank you”.

The area from Trinidad, CO East to Syracuse, KS has suffered a decade long drought. The Army’s Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site is East of Trinidad. This picture was on the Army’s Facebook page. In rancher jargon, that grass is belly deep to a horse.

#USArmy Soldiers, assigned to 1st Brigade, 4th Infantry Division, conduct air assault operations at the Pinon Canyon Maneuver Site during Exercise Raider Focus, Pinon Canyon, Colo., June 5, 2015.

U.S. Army photo by Sgt. William J. Howard

Looking at the weather map, you can see the traditional Front Range rain shadow stretching from Ft Morgan to Limon and beyond (temperature gradients). When you are flying across the Plains westbound you can see the ground going from green to brown (or brown to browner) right along that line. You will also enjoy some interesting turbulence and virga for a few minutes.  The combination of a strong mountain wave mixed with summer convection updrafts makes for busy bars at DIA as arriving passengers sooth their nerves.

According to Ami’s blog the Pacific Northwest is having a heat wave. Having once lived in the Seattle area for several years I find hot days there to be very uncomfortable.

As usual, people complain about the weather but nobody does anything about it. Today we can say the econazis are trying. Too bad they have their heads up their asses. Their agenda is people control, not weather control IMO.


Momma Fargo said...

What, pray tell, would you like us to do about the weather? LOL. The only thing we can do is complain or cheer. If you think my fairy dust or rain dance will change Mother Nature's mind, let me introduce you to my pet chinchlla. :D kiss kiss

Old NFO said...

Ah yes, that Rocky Mtns. turbulence... Also known as Lenticular roll turbulence... it WILL bounce your ass around!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

Act like farmers and complain endlessly.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

I try for early am departures and late pm arrivals. In a light aircraft, try to stay at 500'AGl. Lots of times that virga is hail above 1,000' AGL.