Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Pros and cons of Colorado weather

Colorado is a great place to own a horse. Although our winters aren't exactly mild, the weather fluctuates so much that we have warm, dry days alternating with the cold, snowy ones.

Case in point: the warm, mild weather that precluded today's snowstorm. Monday was in the mid-60s and sunny; and evidently, yesterday it got up to 82 degrees in some parts of town, despite strong winds. I took full advantage of the weather, spending several hours at the barn on Monday.

This morning it was sunny and in the low 40s, but with snow predicted later in the day. Sure enough, while Panama was on his first trail ride it started snowing — for about 30 seconds at a time. It would snow briefly, clear up for five or ten minutes, then start all over again.

The weather held (just barely) until a little while after Panama returned from his trail ride. Shortly after I left the barn, it began snowing in earnest. For the rest of the afternoon, we were treated with a typical Colorado spring snowstorm: thick, wet, heavy snow that melted quickly on the roads and covered the grass with a slushy blanket of white.

Luckily, tomorrow morning is supposed to see the tail end of the storm. By Friday we're supposed to be back into the mid-60s, with the warmer temperatures staying for the rest of the weekend. I intend to get plenty of riding in while I can!

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