Mike's Weather Blog -- January 2007

January 31, 2007 - January 2007 Ends In Top 10

January 2007 will land in the top 10 coldest and snowiest of all past January's for Denver. It will be the seventh coldest on record with an average temperature of just over 21 degrees.

As of Wednesday morning we are in the seventh snowiest position on the top 10 -- but could go higher depending on how much snow falls today. As little as 3.5 inches at Stapleton would loft us all the way up to fourth snowiest.

January 29, 2007 - Denver's Memorable Winter Continues

The average temperautre in Denver has been just under 22 degrees so far this month. That is good enough to land us a spot in the top 10 coldest on record.

The most recent January in the top 10 was back in 1979 when the average temperature was just 18 degrees.

With just a few more days to go, and temperatures expected to remain below normal, we shouldn't see much change in the ranking. Our current average temperature would land this year's January in 8th place.

In addition to tracking the cold, we are also watching the days with consecutive snow cover on the ground grow. So far, this season is in 5th place and climbing.

More details can be found under weather news on our main weather page.

January 26, 2007 - January Thaw Over, Cold Weather To Settle In

A cold front moving toward Colorado will bring an extended period of colder, unsettled weather to the state.

By next weekend, it could potentially be bitterly cold, and more snow is in the forecast by Wednesday.

Click through the slideshow linked above and we will explain the situation to you in great detail, complete with maps.

January 25, 2007 - Winter Moving Back Into U.S.

A shot of cold air is moving back into the nation this week, with bitter cold air moving into New England. This comes after a record warm November and December for many of these locations.

By Friday, highs from Boston to New York City will only be in the upper teens. In northern New England, some towns may not get out of the single digits.

A second surge of cold air is expected by the middle of the coming week.

While the bitterly cold air will be over the east, Colorado will sit on the edge of the cold pool of air -- so our extended forecast reflects a cooling trend.

January 24, 2007 - Snow Falls In El Paso, Texas

Snow fell along the U.S. border with Mexico on Tuesday, even delaying the start of schools around El Paso, Tex. Tuesday morning.

Officially about an inch fell at El Paso International Airport, but up to 6 inches fell around the El Paso metropolitan area.

Earlier in the week heavy snow also fell in southern New Mexico, closing Interstate 25 from Socorro to Las Cruces. In Texas, portions of Interstate 10 was closed due to the snow.

January 23, 2007 - Denver Inches Closer Toward Seasonal Snowfall

Denver officially recorded just under 6 inches of new snow on Sunday, putting the total so far this season at 58 inches. In a normal season, the city would receive 61.7 inches of snow.

The snow season began on Jul. 1, 2006 and will end on Jun. 30, 2007.

So far in the month of January, 14.4 inches of snow has been recorded.

With two typically snowy months ahead, March and April, Denver is on track to have memorable snow year. We can't say record setting, although anything is possible.

To set a new record for the all-time snowiest, we would have to exceed 118.7 inches of snow this season.

January 22, 2007 - Latest Storm Drops Snow In Phoenix, Tucson

The same storm system that impacted Colorado on Sunday also brought a rare sight to southern Arizona -- snow.

Officially at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport no snow was measured. However, the flakes did fly in the downtown area and across the suburbs.

Farther south in Tucson, the snow was a bit heavier, piling up to an inch on many area lawns.

In northern Arizona, the snow was much heavier -- adding up to a foot in the mountains around Flagstaff.

Just a week ago a storm system brought flurries and light snow to the suburbs around Los Angeles, including Malibu. Snow also fell in and around San Diego.

January 16, 2007 - Winter Hits South Texas

The weather map is colorful over south Texas on Tuesday as numerous winter weather watches, advisories and warnings were in effect as of 7 a.m. Tuesday. Winter precipitation is rare in this part of the world -- only hitting about every 4 years on average.

From El Paso to San Antonio and Houston -- winter weather is a threat to travelers today. Ironically, the annual meeting of the American Meteorological Society is taking place in San Antonio this week.

January 15, 2007 - Brighter, Warmer Days Ahead

The large winter storm that impacted Colorado from Thursday through Sunday will continue moving east today, leaving mostly sunny skies and a warming trend behind.

It will be a slow climb for some locations, particularly high mountain valleys and in river valleys on the eastern plains. This is because cold air will get trapped under an inversion in the atmosphere.

Cold air at the surface sinks and takes a while to scour out of locations such as Greeley on the eastern plains and Kremmling in the mountains.

While more snow is in the forecast by the coming weekend, there are no major blasts of Arctic air looming on the horizon.

January 13, 2007 - Ice Storm Cripples Southern Plains

The same winter storm and cold front impacting Colorado's weather is bringing flooding rain, tornadoes and ice to Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Kansas, Illinois and Kentucky.

In Oklahoma, many locations have seen 1 to 3 inches of freezing rain. Entire towns are without power in Pittsburg County.

In Missouri there have been some fatal traffic accidents due to icy roads.

A tornado touched down near Waco, Texas on Friday, causing some roof damage.

In Arkansas, city streets in Fort Smith were flooded.

January 12, 2007 - Wicked Weekend Weather Will Hit Much Of U.S.

The large, slow-moving winter storm that we have been tracking all week will make some big weather headlines in the days to come.

One aspect of this storm is the bitterly cold air that has moved south from Canada. It will make headlines for cities like Denver and Minneapolis.

Over the center of the nation, where the cold front will stall for the next few days, copious amounts of precipitation are expected.

On the warm side of the front, in places like Little Rock, Arkansas officials are bracing for up to 6 inches of rain between Friday night and Sunday.

On the cold side of the front, from Oklahoma City to St. Louis, a major ice storm is taking shape. Some locations could see up to 2 inches of ice accumulate on roads, trees and powerlines.

If that happens, there will be widespread power outages and damage from falling limbs and powerpoles.

You will certainly see wintry weather at the top of the headlines all weekend long. There will also be widespread travel headaches for many, so check the forecast at your destination with our Travel Weather page before leaving on your trip.

Travel weather can be accessed by clicking on Travel Weather in the blue navigation bar on the left of this page.

January 10, 2007 - Approaching Storm Bringing Snow To The Coast

The storm system we are awaiting here in Colorado is bringing cold and snow to the Pacific Northwest. Snow is even expected on the coasts of Washington and Oregon today, with up to 3 inches possible.

There are winter weather advisories in effect for that region.

Both Seattle and Portland are also expecting snow, with a few inches possible.

Speaking of the latest winter storm threat, have you checked out the weather news section on the weather page of TheDenverChannel.com?

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We have the best resources available locally including an in-depth forecast discussion, historical information, cold weather tips, and a description of Colorado weather jargon.

January 9, 2007 - What Do Denver And Anchorage Have In Common?

Typically you wouldn't think of comparing the weather between a coastal Alaskan city and Denver, but this year, they share one thing in common -- snow!

Anchorage has seen a tough winter so far, with temperatures running well below normal and plenty of snow. On Monday the high was 0 degrees and the low was 12 below zero. Normals are 22 by day and 9 above zero at night.

So far during January, the city has recorded 18 inches of snow, which is about 15 inches above normal. Since December 1, over 50 inches of snow has been measured.

January 8, 2007 - Wintry Weather West, Springlike East

Winter has a firm grip on Colorado, and will continue to do so at least for the next 10 days. Meanwhile, back east, folks are asking what happened to winter?

Record highs in the 60s and 70s have been set up and down the east coast, from Boston to Washington. In the nation's capital, the cherry blossoms were starting to bloom.

In New York City, residents have yet to see a flake of snow this season.

The capital city of New York state, Albany, hit 71 degrees this past Saturday. That is a full 40 degrees above normal. Not only was it a new daily record, but also a new all-time January high.

January 7, 2007 - Expect Strong, Gusty Winds Next 36 Hours

A building area of high pressure to the west of Colorado will join forces with the jet stream passing overhead and a weather disturbance aloft to bring strong, gusty winds to much of the state.

This will produce areas of blowing and drifting snow, and could be a real hazard at times on area roadways. The high winds will keep the avalanche danger considerable to high in the back country both today and tomorrow.

In the mountains, there will be an ongoing chance for snow showers, especially along the Continental Divide.

January 6, 2007 - Windy Night Means Areas of Blowing Snow

A blustery winter night is in store if you have plans to head out on the town. The gusty wind will create areas of blowing and drifting snow. This could mean low visibility on roadways.

Please use extreme caution tonight when out and about -- and bundle up!

January 5, 2007 - Clearing Skies Tonight Will Mean Very Cold Temps

Brrrrr --- this fresh snow falling today, combined with clearing skies tonight and cold air moving in from the north, mean we will wake up Saturday morning to widespread temperatures in the single digits above and below zero.

In the foothills and mountains lows by Saturday morning will fall into the teens below zero, with 20s below in high valleys, such as around Gunnison and Alamosa.

January 4, 2007 - One More Day Of Melting Before Cold, Snow Returns

Expect mild conditions as we sit ahead of a cold front today. It will be breezy with increasing clouds, especially through the afternoon and evening. The good news is we should see some more snow melt.

In fact, some places saw melting all night long last night as temperatures stayed in the 30s and lower 40s thanks to the wind.

Behind the front temperatures will drop and snow will spread from north to south across the region.

This will not be a big storm by any means compared to what we have seen in recent days. Expect 5 to 10 inches in the mountains, 3 to 6 inches in the foothills and along the palmer divide. Everyone else should receive less than 4 inches.

You may have to shovel, but it will be a dry and fluffy snow. The challenge might be trying to find a place to put it!

There will be quite a bit of wind with this cold front, both in the foothills and on the plains. Even with minor snow accumulations, we could still see very low visibilities and considerable drifting. Blizzard conditions are even possible for a short period of time.

Right now it looks like the snow will start overnight and be at peak during the Friday morning commute. This is a fast-moving weather system, and should completely exit Colorado by Saturday morning.

Please stay with 7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com for the latest. Should the timing of this cold front change over the next 12 hours, or if advisories or warnings are issued, we will keep you posted.

January 3, 2007 - More Snow, Wind In Forecast

A fast-moving, but potent storm system will impact Colorado late Thursday into early Saturday. Ahead of the storm expect gusty winds, especially in and near the foothills.

Behind the front we will see colder temperatures and a chance for snow.

At this time snow accumulations do not look significant. Storm totals for the mountains should range from 5 to 10 inches, with isolated higher amounts on west and northwest slopes.

The Denver metro area should see 1 to 3 inches of snow, with isolated higher amounts over the Palmer Divide.

Please stay with 7NEWS and TheDenverChannel.com should we need to fine tune this forecast information over the next 12 to 24 hours as new data arrives.

January 2, 2007 - Looking Back At 2006

2006 will be remembered for years to come across the nation -- for different reasons.

In much of Texas, it will be remembered for record warmth. Both Dallas and Waco just recorded their warmest year on record. The average temperature during 2006 surpassed that recorded during the Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

In Colorado, we will remember 2006 simply due to the twin holiday blizzards.

Residents along the eastern coastlines will remember that it was a quiet year in the tropics, with no landfalling hurricanes, and only a few tropical storms that grazed the region early in the season.

The Pacific Northwest will remember 2006 for the record rain that fell in November, turning streams into raging rivers.

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