Winter, 2016-17

Observations of Major Winter Storms and Interesting Weather Phenomena

May 16, 2017 - Fresh Snow in NM's Sangre de Cristo Mountains - Fresh snow makes for some pretty scenes in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in New Mexico's Santa Fe National Forest. Includes photos.

May 10, 2017 Wolf Creek Pass, CO Thundersnow Chase - After trying all season, I finally succeed big-time in getting thundersnow video at the top of Colorado's Wolf Creek Pass. Snow, accompanied by frequent rumbles of thunder and occasional visible flashes of lightning, continues for at least a half hour, and I am there with the camera rolling! This report includes photos, videos, a radar image of the approaching storms, and a web image of the location of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

Late April New Mexico Snow Event - An unusually heavy late April snowstorm affects much of central and eastern New Mexico. This page discusses how the storm occurred and my observations of it, as well as of mountain snow associated with a couple lead impulses ahead of the main storm. Includes photos, analysis, surface maps, and local storm reports.

Atmospheric River Event, U.S. Western States, January, 2017 - During January, 2017, a series of strong Atmospheric River (AR) storms affected the western U.S., producing record rainfall and snowfall amounts in parts of California and record snowfall in at least a couple Colorado locations. By chance, a long-planned family vacation from Colorado to California allowed me to experience a wide variety of unusual and interesting weather attributable to this intense AR event. This report includes descriptions, photos, analysis, and media reports of what I experienced.

This page last updated May 29, 2017.

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