Thursday, March 7, 2019

Tis' A Privilege To Live In Colorado

Virtual Mirage is promoting the concept of global cooling and the coming ice age. He may be right given what is happening in the Colorado Mountains.

Roads are closed everywhere and some communities nearly isolated (Leadville, Silverton).

Living on the Western side of the Divide, winters are rated by the number of wires covered on a four strand barbed wire fence. A normal winter is a ‘three wire’. A bitch of a winter is when the posts are covered. A ‘one or two’ wire winter means no irrigating water come summer.

Leading up to February, a ‘two wire’ seemed to be happening. Now? Irrigating water won’t be short.

This winter’s weather pattern has shifted South. Wyoming is having a mild (by Wyoming standards) winter. Arizona? Read LL’s blog.

The topography of Colorado is such that many highways are built in the bottom of canons or alongside cliffs. I-70 through Glenwood Canyon is a good example or Red Mountain Pass. In addition to avalanches, rock slides often block the highway with rocks the size of small houses coming down. As we get deeper into Spring with freeze/thaw cycles, look out!

Not all the news is bad. Thirty days or longer of sub-zero weather goes a long ways to killing off the pine beetles.

Want to escape to your dream retreat in the Rockies? Please consider this.

A really great winter would be avalanches engulfing the imported (P)regressives infesting the mountain towns IMO. YMMV


Old NFO said...

Beautiful country, but I can't do the cold. Frostbite put an end to that... sigh

Well Seasoned Fool said...

And I don't do heat + humidity. Houston motel. Nice shower, fresh clothes, walked to the car and needed another shower.

drjim said...

I grew up in this, so even though I spent half my life in Lost Angeleez, I understand it, and know how to dress for it.

Nevertheless, I'm ready for Spring this year. Last winter was extremely mild, and we're grateful for that, as it made moving in and setting up a snap.

This winter was "more normal", and we got a couple of jolts out of it!

Well Seasoned Fool said...

You have been eased into Colorado winters, Front Range edition. Keep that snowblower tuned up!

LL said...

I love to spend the part of every summer running the ridges between Durango and Ouray. I have a strong feeling that the counties will not clear all of those mining roads. Maybe by late August? I will watch the county websites because they work to keep up with the progress or lack thereof.

Well Seasoned Fool said...

I remember Rollins Pass being still snowed in one September.