Sunday, March 21, 2010

Colorado snowstorm before and after

It always amuses me when people make comments about how bad they think the weather in Colorado must be. My out-of-state bloggy friends often say things like how lucky I am to be able to ride in the winter in Colorado, and that sort of thing.

You might know that we had a big snowstorm on Friday. Between late Thursday night and late Friday night, Denver got about 8 inches — possibly more in some areas — of snow. I suspect the barn is one of the places that got more, because it is right up against the foothills there, which often get hit worse — I guess because the mountain weather kind of leaks out onto the Front Range.

To illustrate why it is that I say winters in Colorado aren't that bad, I took before and after pictures. Here is what it looked like at the barn Thursday afternoon when I was there. It was at least 65 degrees and gorgeous:

The Front Range before a Colorado snowstorm

Here is the same view this afternoon, after a day and a half of sun. As you can see, the snow is virtually gone except for on the foothills and mountains, and the driveway is only slightly muddy. The sand footing in the arena was a bit waterlogged, but it'll probably be rideable by tomorrow afternoon.

The Front Range after a Colorado snowstorm

Truth be told, I probably could have gotten almost the same picture yesterday afternoon, but I forgot my camera. There was slightly more snow and it was muddier, that was the only difference. That's 8+ inches of snow, gone within 36 hours! And no, that's not uncommon in Colorado — I've lived here nearly all my life, and snow here doesn't melt, it evaporates.

This is why I've always ridden throughout the winter, even before I had an indoor arena! We may get some big storms in Denver, but not that often, and the snow doesn't stick around for very long afterward!



At March 22, 2010 at 12:51 PM, Blogger Nuzzling Muzzles said...

Interesting. I lived in Fort Collins for a few months and we couldn't get away from the snow that winter. I remember trudging through a snowstorm when it was 18-degrees below zero.

At March 23, 2010 at 11:34 PM, Blogger Katharine Swan said...

Admittedly I haven't spent much time in Fort Collins, so I don't know if they get it worse than we do here. But was it by chance 1998 or 1999 when you were in Fort Collins? We had an uncharacteristic stretch of below zero temps one of those years. I remember because my slave cylinder on my clutch chose that week to go out, so I was under my car in the garage at 8 o'clock when it was about ten below, my hands freezing AND covered in slippery brake fluid!

That's definitely not the norm, though. We have our bouts of snow and cold weather, but they rarely last very long.


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