Mike's Blog Archive: March 2010

We frequently climb on the "meteorological roller coaster" at this time of year with wild spring storm systems that bring "everything but the kitchen sink" to Colorado! After last week's series of snow and rain storms, this week will be mild, dry and delightful across Colorado.

Springtime in the Rockies can mean snow, cold, warmth and sunshine, thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail - sometimes all in the same afternoon!! The early spring is often the most turbulent time of year in Colorado as the retreating chill of winter does battle with the ever increasing warmth of spring. The temperature contrasts from north to south can create and tremendous amount of instability in our atmosphere and the result is often a very wild ride!

The heaviest snows of the year for the Front Range usually occur in late March through early May. Some of the really big snowstorms can dump 2-3 feet of soggy snow on the foothills west of Denver. Severe thunderstorms make their first appearances on the eastern plains by late April and really get going over the next 4-5 weeks. The peak for severe thunderstorms, tornadoes and hail in Denver and over eastern Colorado comes in late May and early June.

For now, sit back and enjoy a few days of peaceful weather, we will certainly see our share of storms in the weeks and months to come!

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