Mike's Blog Archive: Sept., Oct. 2007

Oct. 26, 2007 -- Western Weather Will Be Better For Our Guys! The weather at sea level did not seem to suit our team too well. Perhaps getting back to the rare air in Denver will turn things around this weekend. The overall weather pattern will be pretty pleasant over the next few days, although there may be a brief bout with light rain and snow early Saturday. A cold front has slipped into the state from Wyoming and will cool the weather down from Thursday's record tying high of 80 degrees. Temperatures will be in the 60s today under a mostly clear sky. Tonight and Saturday morning, clouds will increase and some light rain and snow can be expected over the northeast quarter of the state.The clouds will linger through Saturday midday and then begin to thin in the afternoon. High temperatures will only be in the low 50s, making for a chilly game at Coors Field. Any rain or snow should be over well before the game, but do take along a nice warm Rockies jacket.Sunday will be a delightful fall day - sunshine and mild with light winds! Highs will be in the mid 60s. Monday will be even better - sunny skies and warmer, with a high around 70 degrees. Let's hope the Rockies can take advantage of the great weather and get back on the winning track!Remember you can use all the great tools from the 24/7 Weather Center to check the forecast. To take a look at the temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the Front Range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada.To see what the weather will be like in Colorado over the next 36 hours, check our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast. The FutureCast is an exclusive high resolution numerical model that is fine tuned for Colorado. The FutureCast shows not only the clouds and precipitation, but also the wind direction and speed expected across our state. Check it out, you will find it very useful during our upcoming winter season.One of the most useful tools in our weather line up is MY 24/7 WEATHER! This feature also runs off of our FutureCast forecast model. MY 24/7 WEATHER takes the high resolution data from the computer model and using a patented prognostication protocol, creates an precise hourly weather forecast for hundreds of locations from the Front Range to Colorado to across the nation. Just simply click on the map and your neighborhood forecast pops up. The forecasters at 7News monitor this program very closely and each day we take the numerical model output and tailor the data based on any additional changes we see in the local forecast. The result is an accurate and very user friendly forecast that we think you can rely on 24/7! Click here My 24/7 Weather to check it out!If you are fascinated by the weather and want to learn more about our crazy climate in Colorado, do not miss this big event tomorrow! The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab in Boulder will host their annual event, SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY! Again this year, 7News is proud to be the media sponsor for this event. The Mesa Lab will be filled with experiments and demonstrations, tours and talks by weather experts and we will feature the 24/7 Weather Experience so everyone can get a chance to see what it is like in front of the magic green screen! This event is a fun and wonderful way to learn all about the science of meteorology. You can get all the information on this terrific event by clicking here! Make it an extra special day by bringing a new or gently used coat and donating it to our COATS FOR COLORADO drive! We will collect the coats and take them back to 7News and Dependable Cleaners for future distribution to those in need.

Oct. 24, 2007 -- Wet Weather for the First Game?For the World Series, the weather looks both foul and fair in Boston. The same storm system that brought snow to Colorado on Sunday is slowly swirling to the northeastern states. Radar shows showers across New England and they may linger well into tonight. There is a 60% chance of showers for game one in Boston. The weather will improve for game two as there will be a break from the rain Thursday night. When they return to Colorado, the Rockies and the Red Sox should expect fair weather. Sunny skies and comfortable temperatures. The Rockies will return to Colorado to play Saturday and Sunday here at Coors Field. The weekend looks great! Saturday will be cooler with temperatures reaching the low 60s. By the time of the first pitch, temperatures will be mild in the 50s. Sunday will be even nicer, with warmer temperatures in the high 60s. Both days will give sunny skies and dry weather!To take a look at the beautiful fall weather we will be experiencing this week and the temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the Front Range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada.

If you are fascinated by the weather and want to learn more about our crazy climate in Colorado, there is a must attend event coming soon! Saturday, October 27th, The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Mesa Lab in Boulder will host their annual event, SUPER SCIENCE SATURDAY! Again this year, 7News is proud to be the media sponsor for this event. The Mesa Lab will be filled with experiments and demonstrations, tours and talks by weather experts and we will feature the 24/7 Weather Experience so everyone can get a chance to see what it is like in front of the magic green screen! This event is a fun and wonderful way to learn all about the science of meteorology. You can get all the information on this terrific event by clicking here! Make it an extra special day by bringing a new or gently used coat and donating it to our COATS FOR COLORADO drive! We will collect the coats and take them back to 7News and Dependable Cleaners for future distribution to those in need.

Oct. 15, 2007 -- Reflections on the weekend stormThe first significant storm system of the fall rolled through Colorado over the past weekend. This storm brought a foot of snow to the northern and central mountains, a heavy cold rain to the Metro Area and severe thunderstorms to the northeast plains. Rainfall totals exceeded an inch across much of the I-25 Corridor, the heaviest rain in about 6 weeks for most places. Early morning fog has been the result over northern Colorado and the fog may form again Tuesday morning, thanks to all the moisture in the soil.The storm will be replaced by drier and warmer weather for the next few days. A gradual warming trend is in store as temperatures climb back to the upper 60s through mid-week. To take a look at the temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the Front Range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada.The weather will be dry and cool for the Rockies game tonight, with readings in the 40s, but no chilling rain. Should the NLCS go beyond tonight, the weather looks very nice for the next few days. A minor storm system will swing through the state Thursday, but it will only bring a few showers to lower elevations and some light snow to the mountains. You can always see what the weather will be like in Colorado over the next 36 hours by checking our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast.

Oct. 11, 2007 -- Wild Weather for the WeekendModels are still showing the potential for a big change in the weather over the weekend. It looks as if Sunday will be the big day for precipitation across Colorado, including the chance for snow in the higher elevations of the mountains. There is not a lot of cold air associated with this system, so its not expected to be a major snow producer for the mountains.At lower elevations, moisture will begin to sneak in through Saturday before the brunt of this storm arrives. Before then, another day of warm temps and sunshine should be in the cards Friday before conditions cloud up and cool off on Saturday and especially Sunday. Rain should start to fall late Saturday and through most of Sunday before tapering off late Sunday into Monday.With this system, there will be a chance for severe weather on the far Eastern Plains of Colorado and into neighboring states. Check out our storm chasers' blogs for what may be the last big storm chase of the season for our chasers!

Oct. 10, 2007 -- Weather May be Troublesome for the Rockies We have seen some of the best weather of the year the past couple of days! Unfortunately, that will come to an end this weekend as a cold front approaches. We will continue to see beautiful Fall weather for the last two days of the work week, but come Saturday the weather will take a turn. A front will arrive mid to late Saturday afternoon and with it will come cool temperatures and chances for showers and storms.The Rockies will return from their two game stretch in Phoenix on Sunday. The Rockies play the Diamondbacks in Phoenix on Thursday and Friday, where they will see very nice weather! Both days will be very hot and dry! Highs in Phoenix for Thursday and Friday will be reaching the upper 90s! The Rockies then return to Colorado where they will see just the opposite. They will return to a chilly evening with chances for showers. The Rockies will experience a temperature change of more than 30 degrees! The temperature maps are updated every fifteen minutes across the region and around the nation, take a look at the temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the Front Range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada.After the front passes through our state over the weekend, the start of the next work week will be nice. Warmer temperatures and drier weather is to come!

Oct. 8, 2007 -- Best Weather of the Year! After a windy storm system swept over the state during the weekend, the weather will turn calm, clear and comfortable for the next several days. A large high pressure system has settled into the region and will rule the Rockies through Friday. This big high will sit over Utah and western Colorado for several days and serve to block any storm systems from venturing too close to Colorado. The weather will be nearly perfect this week, a comfy combo of clear, cool nights and mild, sunny days. You can always see what the weather will be like in Colorado over the next 36 hours by checking our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast. The temperature maps are updated every fifteen minutes across the region and around the nation, take a look at the temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the Front Range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada.Although the weather pattern is quiet around here, the tropics may still flare up a bit this week. We have a good look at tropical weather if you are traveling, or just curious by clinking this link Hurricane Updates The water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are close to their annual maximum - helping to fuel tropical systems. To see the current sea surface temperatures, just click here: Marine Temperatures We have a very cool tool for tracking hurricanes! It is easy to use and you can track any of this year's storms, or look at infamous hurricanes such as Camille, Andrew or Katrina. Check out this link and add it to your favorites! Hurricane Tracker.Although the peak of the aspen color is past over northern Colorado, there are still some groves that offer lovely color farther south, plus we have a wonderful photo gallery of our glorious gold in our Fall Color section. Check our FALL COLOR information on the navigation bar to the left for all the best routes! Send us your fall color pictures by clicking on DIGITAL ALBUM.

Oct. 5, 2007 -- Chilly Night for the Rockies! The Rockies may be in luck when it comes to showers and storms for the game Saturday night. Showers should move through the area late in the evening. There is still about a 30% chance for showers during the Rockies game, so bring jackets and rain gear just in case! For the most part Saturday will be a very nice day. Mostly sunny skies for a good portion of it, then with the arrival of that cold front, clouds will increase and showers and storms will develop. The weekend storm is expected to move into the state late Saturday evening bringing with it rain, snow, windy conditions, and significantly cooler temperatures. The mountains may see a good amount of snow overnight on Saturday. For areas at around 6,000 feet, expect a rain snow mixture heading into Sunday. We will have summer-like temperatures for half the weekend, and fall-like temperatures for the other half. Temperatures will change significantly from Saturday into Sunday. The temperatures will change almost 30 degrees in a 24 hour period! We are expecting high temperatures on Sunday to only reach the low 50s. Overnight lows will be chilly as well. For Sunday night we may see lows below freezing! To take a look at these temperatures statewide click Colorado Temperatures . Take those jackets out of the closet, you will need it for the upcoming weekend!

Oct. 4, 2007 -- Storm Still on Track to Make Weekend Mess! Models continue to point to a chance that the weekend system could make for a messy weekend. There are still a wide range of solutions by each of the models which ranges from dry, but cool conditions to very wet and cold conditions. One thing for certain, temperatures will fall dramatically from the 80s we're experiencing now into the 50s during the day with overnight lows in the 30s.The mountains looks to see their first significant snow of the year with this system. As for lower elevations, its possible to see a very wet Sunday as the system slowly moves across the state. If temperatures were much colder, this would be a potentially strong winter type storm, but we won't see readings close enough for concern of that. Saturday night into Sunday morning, some of the rain may mix with snow, but accumulations aren't expected except for a dusting in the foothills above 6,000'.Right now, Saturday looks cool for the Rockies game, but be prepared for some wet weather in case this system moves in faster than the models are showing. Right now, cool temperatures and clouds are a good bet with conditions getting colder as the game moves on. Sunday looks like it will be a mess, so here's hoping the Rockies sweep the series and fans won't have to endure weather better suited for football!

Oct. 3, 2007 -- Wild Weekend Remains in the Cards! This transitional time of year can play havoc with forecasters, and this weekend will be the first of many tricky forecasts. A strong storm system expected to move in over the weekend will drop temperatures and increase rain and snow chances across Colorado. However its timing and track remain greatly in question and will make a huge difference on the amount of rain and snow we see and for exactly how long the cooler temperatures will stick around.One of the models cuts off the low and slides it just north of the state. This is also a slower forecast which delays the onset of precipitation, but keeps the cooler, wetter weather around through the weekend. This model also shows the potential for a few flakes of snow along the urban corridor late Saturday night into early Sunday morning before temperatures "rebound" into the low 50s on Sunday. This solution will keep us cool Monday as skies clear out before Tuesday when temperatures bounce back into the 70s.Another model has a completely different solution as a more progressive system kicks through quickly with dramatically less precipitation and temperatures not quite as cool. Highs on Sunday would be in the lower 60s with skies clearing Sunday leaving Monday near 70 with sunny skies. This system would make its first impact early Saturday with cooler temperatures and a chance for rain and storms before exiting Sunday.In either scenario, Saturday's Rockies game looks to be cool and wet, so if you're one of the 50,000 plus attending Saturday's game, be prepared for cool, damp conditions and hope that the faster model is the one of choice for Nature so that Sunday's game isn't so wet.

Oct. 2, 2007 -- Forecast for the Upcoming Rockies Playoff Games! What an amazing run the Rockies went on to land themselves in the post-season for the first time in over 10 years! Fans from around Colorado and the country will be watching the upcoming series with excitement!The first two games will be played in Philadelphia on Wednesday and Thursday and the weather is expected to be half-and-half. On Wednesday, there is a chance of showers with the system sweeping across the country right now. That system will clear out in time for Thursday's opening pitch as temperatures will rebound into the 80s under partly cloudy skies.Back to Denver the teams will come for at least one game, if not two over the weekend. But with baseball in October comes wild weather, and this weekend will prove to be just that for our Wild Card winners! Another storm system will move into the region late Friday bringing rain and storms across the area for Saturday and early Sunday. There is even a chance for snow for elevations as low as 6,000 feet Saturday night. Snow is not expected in the metro area this weekend, but a few showers are certainly possible.As the Rockies move on through the post season and deeper into October, the weather can get even wilder! Can you imagine a baseball game being played in the snow? It's possible as we get later into October, but its a small price to pay for Colorado playoff action. Stay tuned to the 24/7 Weather Center throughout the post season for your complete Rockies forecast!

Oct. 2, 2007 -- Forecast for the Upcoming Rockies Playoff Games! The forecast for the first week of October - beautiful! After a cold front moves through the area early Tuesday, the weather only gets better! Scattered showers and a little snow fell in association with the front, but the showers will move out of the state early Tuesday. The showers will not be heavy, but some areas will pick up a quarter inch of moisture. TheDenverChannel.com has updated radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.The cold front will swing into the Midwest on Tuesday and may bring some severe weather to the Mississippi Valley. Our 7News Storm Chasers are wrapping up their chasing seasons, but with the transition in seasons, a few late opportunities still present themselves. Stay tuned to the storm chaser blogs through the fall for all the late season action! Also, check out our Hurricane section for all the latest in the tropics through the rest of the tropical season!Mostly sunny skies will be the rule for the next several days. We can expect pretty average fall temperatures if not a little warmer, temperatures in the mid 70s to even the low 80s. Dry weather will accompany those warm fall temperatures through Thursday. By Friday a rather strong cold front will roll into the state and will bring chilly weather rain and snow to start the weekend. This next front could bring several inches of snow to the mountains late Friday - especially along and north of I-70. Lower elevations will have rain, but much cooler weather for Saturday and perhaps some frost on Sunday. You can see what the weather will be like in Colorado, check our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast

An interesting week of weather in store for the state as a storm system sweeps through late Saturday through Sunday. The change was underway as of Friday evening when clouds began to increase over a gusty southerly breeze. On Saturday, the system closes in with shower and thunderstorms possible across the state. Snow in the mountains and severe weather on the plains will make for a wild day as the system moves through. Snow accumulations in the mountains won't amount to more than a couple of inches in areas above timberline. For lower elevations, expect shower and storms to develop by midafternoon and move across the eastern plains. Large hail will be the primary concern, mainly for the eastern most counties. Here in Denver, a few showers and storms will be possible as well.Sunday, showers will come to an end from west-to-east across the state and leave behind a partly cloudy day with much cooler daytime temperatures! Look for those readings to max out in the 60s during the day.Enjoy your weekend and go Rockies!!!

Sept. 26, 2007 -- Fall Colors Passed Peak Up North! We're hearing from a lot of viewers that the fall colors over parts of the northern mountains have moved passed peak. This was caused by the system which moved through late last week with the wind, rain, and snow and knocked a lot of the leaves from the trees. The central mountains are approaching the peak time now, and would likely make for a good trip this weekend. The southern mountains are also before peak, but not as far as areas in the central mountains.The view pics keep coming in and we would love to see more! Upload them to our slideshows on the weather page and we may use them on air!Areas of frost were reported early Wednesday morning in the foothills and near the Palmer Divide. A frost advisory was issued overnight for most of the front range and urban corridor by the National Weather Service. Lows didn't get cold enough for frost in the Denver area, but did so in the foothills where the first frost was reported in some areas. It will be sometime next week before we see overnight lows get cool enough for a chance of frost in Denver. In the meantime, enjoy this wonderful autumn weather which should hold into the weekend before the next system sweeps through bringing a chance for clouds and maybe a few showers.

Sept. 25, 2007 -- Sunshine will boost temperatures! After a wet, white and chilly day Monday, the weather will warm today under clearing skies. The cold front that brought snow to the mountains and rain to the plains has moved well east of Colorado. The stormy weather on Monday really focused on the northern half of the Denver Metro area. Heavy rain and hail hit in the Boulder area, with nearly four inches of rain reported at the NOAA facility on Broadway. Much of the northern metro area, north to Loveland and Fort Collins reported one to two inches of rain. The southern parts of the Denver area had much less moisture, with about a quarter to a half inch of rain. Snow was reported at many mountain areas and several ski resorts have now begun snowmaking in preparation for opening in less than a month!Today will be brighter and warmer across the state, with sunny skies helping to boost temperatures back into the 60s. The warming trend will continue for tomorrow and Thursday as temperatures return to the mid to upper 70s over the plains, with 60s in the mountains. The fall color is at its peak in the central mountains now. Northern areas are still good, but the wind, rain and snow yesterday took a toll on many of the leaves, so it is best to focus on aspen groves along and south of I-70 from now on. For a great set of maps, pictures and even our very own aspen music video - check the FALL COLOR section on our navigation bar to the left!

Sept. 24, 2007 -- Cold Front Brings a Chill! Autumn officially began early Sunday morning, but the temperatures did not fall into line until early this morning. A cold front slipped into northern Colorado before daybreak today, bringing much cooler air, clouds and scattered showers. Today will be a cool day, with a good chance for showers under mostly cloudy skies. High temperatures today will be about 20 degrees colder than on Sunday, as highs will only climb into the low 60s. For a look at state temperatures click Colorado Temperatures . Click here to see the front range weather Front Range Temperatures . For a bigger view of temperatures, click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada!Scattered showers will be developing off and on today as a moist upslope flow will push moisture into the region. The showers will not be heavy, but some areas will pick up a quarter inch of moisture. TheDenverChannel.com has updated radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.The cool, cloudy conditions will last through the day, but clearing skies will come overnight and sunshine will return tomorrow. The rest of this week will be delightful, with a warming trend and plenty of sunshine. The aspens are looking great right now in the high country, with peak color over the northern mountains, near peak in the central mountains and the best yet to come across the San Juans and the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Check our FALL COLOR information on the navigation bar to the left for all the best routes! Send us your fall color pictures by clicking on Digital Album.

Sept. 19, 2007 -- Check out our Features! With the first day of Autumn quickly approaching, the time has come for thedenverchannel.com and the 24/7 Weather Center to switch gears into the cooler season. With that, we are happy to say our annual Fall Colors section is up! This means we will be looking for great pictures shot by 7News viewers of the beautiful color's Colorado creates during this transitional time of year. The Aspens will be in full swing shortly and we hope to receive lots of great photos of the scenery! If you need some advice on where to find some of the most beautiful spots in the state, check out Mike's Favorite Drives to Find Colorado Gold.Our storm chasers are wrapping up their chasing seasons as we speak, but with the transition in seasons, a few late opportunities may present themselves. Stay tuned to the storm chaser blogs through the fall for all the late season action! Also, check out our Hurricane section for all the latest in the tropics through the rest of the tropical season!We are also working on some new and exciting additions to thedenverchannel.com website! Be sure to check in with over the next couple of months as we here in the 24/7 Weather Center are creating some exciting new content!

Sept. 18, 2007 -- Here Comes the Sun! After a dark and stormy Monday that featured clouds, showers and even snow in the mountains, the weather will brighten today. The cold front that drifted across Colorado yesterday brought the wet weather, with snow reported above 11,000 feet. That front is now in Kansas taking the wet weather along with it. Drier air has moved into the region and will hold over the area for the next couple of days. Temperatures will be very pleasant today as highs reach the 70s at lower elevations and 60s in the mountains. The temperatures will warm a little over the next few days with 80s returning for Wednesday into the weekend. For a look at state temperatures click Colorado Temperatures . We even have the front range weather Front Range Temperatures . Just click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada!We have reports of nice fall color over northern Colorado and the peak color is only about a week away. Central and southern mountain areas are still ten to fourteen days away from being at their best, but now is the time to plan your "aspen adventure". Check all the great routes with our new FALL COLOR link on the navigation bar under WEATHER.

Sept. 17, 2007 -- Clouds and Showers Start the Week Rainy days and Mondays may not always get you down, but there will be a need to take a little wet weather gear along for today. A series of upper air disturbances are rolling across Colorado from the southwest. These turbulent eddies in the jetstream flow tend to stir up cloudy skies and showery weather - and that will be the case for today. TheDenverChannel.com has some great radar images - just click Doppler Radar for the latest radar.The weather pattern will stay unsettled through Tuesday, before some drier and more stable air returns to the region. You can see what the weather will be like in Colorado, check our exclusive "FutureCast", by clicking here Futurecast Temperatures are cooling down as we enter the second half of September. The average high has now slipped back into the upper 70s, with average lows in the 40s. Today and tomorrow will be a bit on the cool side, courtesy of the clouds. Later in the week, as some sunshine returns, we should see highs back up into the 80s again. For a look at state temperatures click Colorado Temperatures . We even have the front range weather Front Range Temperatures . Just click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada!The fall color season is getting very close! There are already some aspen groves wearing their gold over northern Colorado, while the central and southern areas are about another 10 days away from really going gold! We have a great resource to help you plan your "aspen adventure" -- just click on Discover Colorado on the weather navigation bar on the left side of the website!

It looks like we should see our peak color pretty much on schedule this year. The best color over the northern mountains should be from September 20th to the 30th. The central mountains will be about five days behind, with the southern mountain areas rounding out the last days of the month and the first ten days of October.Perhaps the most appealing part of autumn is the gold found in the mountains each year. Not the gold sought by prospectors over a century ago, but rather the gilded glory of Colorado's famous aspen trees. The decrease in sunlight switches off the mechanism in the leaves that creates chlorophyll - the green color in the leaf. As the green fades, the gold color dominates until dying leaf flutters to the ground. The best years for aspen viewing are those with well-timed rains and no major fall storms. A too dry summer will send the leaves falling quickly, while a wet summer tends to make them darken to brown or black. The most brilliant display of aspen occurs when we have a mild late summer and periodic gentle rain, combined with a dry September that includes few big windstorms or early snows.Usually the first signs of aspen gold begin in mid to late August over the higher forests of central and northern Colorado. By the second and third week of September, many aspen groves are well worth a day's drive. Usually the peak time to view aspen is around the last weekend of September. After that, early snows will knock down the leaves and others drop away by themselves. Aspen color does not vary nearly as much as the rich reds and purple leaves of the Midwest and East, but there is something about gold leaves against a backdrop of rich evergreen and deep blue sky that makes our fall mountains special indeed!Nothing says "autumn" in Colorado quite like the sight of a mountainside covered in the stunning leafy gold of aspen trees. Colorado's famous high country aspen reliably turn gold from the second week of September through the first week of October. Populus tremuloides - or the quaking aspen - can be found in all eleven of Colorado's national forests and their autumn fireworks are worth the drive.Aspen naturally propagate in areas where hardier trees have been damaged or destroyed. This was the case in Colorado, where the slender trees grew in after logging stripped trees from mountain areas. Characterized by their elaborate root systems, aspen reproduce by sending up suckers from the roots to create "clone" stands of trees. These clones, connected underground at the root, are genetically identical to the mother tree. The identical nature of a clone stand is most obvious in springs, when each tree in the stand leafs at the same time, and in fall, when each tree turns the same shade of gold.Historically, native tribes used the aspen bark to make medicinal teas to alleviate fever. The inner bark was sometimes eaten raw in the spring, and the outer bark occasionally produces a powder that was used as a sunscreen. Aspen is a favorite of Colorado wildlife too. Beaver use aspen for food and building; elk, moose, and deer eat the twigs and foliage. Other names for quaking aspen are golden aspen, mountain aspen, popple, poplar and trembling poplar.Despite Coloradans' affinity for aspen, these delicate trees are not highly recommended for residential landscaping, especially at lower elevations of the state. Aspen as susceptible to many diseases, their convoluted root systems often grow into sewage drainage systems, and they generally last no longer than about 10 years out of their native habitat.Here is a good website, with info on the fall color... www.parks.state.co.us. Here are some great places to view the aspen gold! 1) Steamboat Springs, Elk River country north on County Road 129. Also check the view on Rabbit Ears Pass and Buffalo Pass east. 2) Colorado 14 through the Poudre Canyon west of Fort Collins 3) Trail Ridge Road (US 34) through Rocky Mountain National Park 4) Flat Tops country between Buford and Newcastle 5) Tennessee Pass, US 24, from Leadville to Vail 6) Boreas Pass between Como and Breckenridge, a 23 mile road cresting at 11,481 feet. 7) Guanella Pass between Georgetown and Grant 8) Grand Mesa, Colorado 65 east of Grand Junction and north of Delta. 9) Maroon Bells near Aspen, a classic Colorado view!10) Independence Pass, Colorado 82 between Twins Lakes and Aspen. 11) Colorado 135 between Crested Butte and Gunnison. Also try Kebler Pass west of Crested Butte on Gunnison County Road 12! 12) Cottonwood Pass, Colorado 306 between Buena Vista and Taylor Park 13) Monarch Pass, US 50 from Salida to Gunnison. 14) Cochetopa Pass between Saguache and Gunnison. 15) Gold Camp Road - Colorado 67 between Divide and Cripple Creek. 16) Lizard Head Pass, Colorado 145 between Dolores and Telluride. 17) Slumgullion Pass, Colorado 149 between Lake City, Creede and South Fork. 18) US 160, Navajo Trail, between Pagosa Springs and Cortez. 19) Platoro Reservoir, south of Del Norte and west of Conejos. 20) Cucharas Pass, Colorado 12, from Trinidad to Walsenburg. 21) CO 103 from Evergreen Parkway west to Echo Lake. 22) McClure Pass - This is a spectacular 8,755 foot pass south of Carbondale along Colorado 133 and the Crystal River.Information about our aspen leaves will help you plan your trip. It truly is a wonderful way to spend a day - when the aspens are in their full glory!Remember, we want to see your pictures! Go to the digital album on the navigation bar to upload them!Summer Enters the StretchSummertime is a wonderful period in Colorado, but the time does seem to fly by. September starts just like any other summer month, mild nights, warm days and scattered afternoon thunderstorms. But the Sun is not quite so high in the September sky and the days are growing noticibly shorter. Within the first two weeks of September, we will continue to experience some good old lazy summer days, but the first signs of fall are starting to show.The daily dose of thundery weather will be coming to an end in just another couple of weeks and it will not be much longer before the first fleeting photos of the changing aspen begin to come into the 24/7 Weather Center. We look forward to those golden leaves and would love to see your photos. Just click on the Digital Album button on the navigation bar and send them our way.The summer has been a good one for our state, with adequate rains coming to many areas - enough to keep our fire danger much lower than in surrounding states. It is still too early to gauge how our winter will be, but the extended outlook for the next 3 months is for warmer than average temperatures and near normal precipitation. Fall is typically a pretty dry and quiet time in the central Rockies, so we may be in for a delightful period of weather. Of course, a rogue snowstorm can always slip in there and bring a slushy reminder that the snow season is on the way. The odds of us having another intense blast of winter - like last season are low. Big snowstorms are not that common in December, and the heavy snowfalls of late 2006 hit at just the right time to stick around for weeks and weeks. We usually get bigger snows in November, March or April and during those months the snow typically can melt quickly.We have some great tools to help you keep an eye on our ever changing Colorado weather.You can see what the weather will be like in the next 36 hours by checking our exclusive "FutureCast", click here Futurecast. To see the latest radar images - just click Doppler Radar .For a look at state temperatures click Colorado Temperatures . We even have the front range weather Front Range Temperatures . Just click here North American Temperatures to get a look at the current weather from Texas to Colorado to Canada!The weather in the tropics is quiet just for now, but early September is the peak time for hurricanes in the Atlantic and Caribbean. It was just two years ago that Hurricane Katrina ravaged New Orleans. You can stay updated with the latest on tropical activity by clinking this link Hurricane Updates The water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico are close to their annual maximum - helping to fuel tropical systems. To see the current sea surface temperatures, just click here: Marine Temperatures We have a very cool tool for tracking hurricanes! It is easy to use and you can track any of this year's storms, or look at infamous hurricanes such as Camille, Andrew or Katrina. Check out this link and add it to your favorites! Hurricane Tracker.

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