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Winter Weather Preparedness Week recap

Saturday, October 25th, 2014 5:48am MDT
Winter Weather Preparedness Week concludes.  Are you ready for winter?

Winter Weather Preparedness Week concludes. Are you ready for winter?

As we have talked about this week, winter weather can be dangerous and downright deadly.  However, being prepared helps to ensure that you and your family remain safe when the snow starts to fly or other winter weather conditions occur.

It is very easy to ignore the dangers of weather – no matter the season – and find yourself saying, “I wish I would have….” Now is the time to think about how you can prepare for these conditions, before it is too late and you find yourself wishing you had.

In this sixth and final message in a series on Winter Weather Preparedness from the National Weather Service, ThorntonWeather.com reviews the topics we covered this week and directs you to the previous articles and other resources to help you get ready.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO
ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
600 AM MDT SAT OCT 25 2014

Enjoy the great outdoors in Colorado this winter season, but watch the weather.

The National Weather Service issues a variety of winter weather, outlooks, watches, warnings, and advisories, covered earlier during this Winter Weather Preparedness Week.  Safety tips were also passed along.

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October 2014 top shots: Monthly photo slideshow

Friday, October 24th, 2014 5:55am MDT
October 1, 2014 - Sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. (Ed Dalton)

October 1, 2014 – Sunrise at the Rocky Mountain Arsenal. (Ed Dalton)

October in Thornton can bring a wide variety of weather conditions, perfect for the photographer in all of us.

The month brings the changing of the colors at Colorado’s lower elevations and it is also is typically when we see our first freeze and first snow.  Couple those facts with our usual widely varying landscapes and wildlife and we have a month that is sure to bring in plenty of photo opportunities.

  • Slideshow updated October 24, 2014
  • To learn more about how to send your photo to us for inclusion in the slideshow, see below the slideshow.

Showcasing images captured by ThorntonWeather.com readers as well as some of our own, our monthly slideshow covers the entire gamut of weather-related imagery.

Sunsets, sunrises, wildlife and of course every type of weather condition are vividly depicted in images captured from yours and our cameras.

What is missing in the slideshow above?  Your photo!

Our monthly photo slideshow is going to feature images that we have taken but more importantly images that you have captured.  The photos can be of anything even remotely weather-related.

Landscapes, current conditions, wildlife, pets, kids.  Whimsical, newsy, artsy.  Taken at the zoo, some other area attraction, a local park, a national park or your backyard.  You name it, we want to see and share it!

Images can be taken in Thornton, Denver or anywhere across the extraordinary Centennial State.  We’ll even take some from out of state if we can tie it to Colorado somehow.

We’ll keep the criteria very open to interpretation with just about any image eligible to be shown in our slideshows.

What do you win for having your image in our slideshow?  We are just a ‘mom and pop’ outfit and make no money from our site so we really don’t have the means to provide prizes.  However you will have our undying gratitude and the satisfaction that your images are shared on the most popular website in Thornton.

To share you images with us and get them included in the slideshow just email them to us or share them with ThorntonWeather.com on any of the various social media outlets.  Links are provided below.

So come on, get those camera’s rolling!

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Avalanche safety – Be prepared or die

Friday, October 24th, 2014 5:16am MDT
Avalanches claim lives every year in Colorado. Before you head to the mountains, be sure you are prepared! (Wikimedia Commons)

Avalanches claim lives every year in Colorado. Before you head to the mountains, be sure you are prepared! (Wikimedia Commons)

As snow starts to fall, many Coloradoans and out of state visitors will take advantage of it and head to the mountains for a variety of outdoor activities.  Whether skiing, snowshoeing, or hiking, anyone who spends time outdoors in the high country needs to be aware of the danger avalanches present.  On average six people die in Colorado every year from avalanches and being prepared is an essential survival skill.

In this fifth in a series on Winter Weather Preparedness from the National Weather Service, ThorntonWeather.com helps you understand avalanches, where they occur, how to protect yourself and where to go for more information.  If you are headed to the high country, be sure to check out our Avalanche Information & Forecast page.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER CO
600 AM MDT FRI OCT 24 2014

Avalanches – Are you prepared?

Thousands of avalanches occur each winter in the mountains of Colorado.  With the enormous popularity of winter sports in Colorado, this poses a risk to skiers, snowboarders, hikers and snowmobilers.  On average 6 people die in avalanches in the state of Colorado every year.  Anyone who travels into the high country in the winter should be prepared for avalanches and know how to avoid them.

The first thing to know is most avalanches occur during or just after snowstorms and most occur on a slope of 30 to 45 degrees. A significant snowfall may result in an unstable snowpack.  By waiting 36 hours after a big snowstorm you may allow the snow to become more stable.  If you stay in valleys away from avalanche chutes, in stands of dense trees, or on gentle slopes you can minimize your avalanche risk.

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Back to back record-setting high temperatures expected Friday and Saturday

Friday, October 24th, 2014 5:14am MDT

Our unseasonably warm October continues today and through the weekend.  Friday and Saturday are likely to see high temperatures that break the records for those dates.

For today we will start out with a bit of cloud cover but that will be moving out.  We will be warming up quickly with high temperatures expected in the low 80s.  The record high for today’s date is 80 degrees set in 2011 and it certainly is in jeopardy.

Saturday looks to be the warmest day of the three.  Sunny skies will be above and temperatures will be pushing toward the mid-80s.  The record high temperature for October 25 is also 80 degrees (last set in 2007) so that record may fall as well.

On Sunday things cool down some but temperatures remain well above normal.  Look for highs in the mid-70s.

A front will be moving in Sunday night and that is expected to bring temperatures down to more normal levels next week.  In fact, Monday night may bring our first hard freeze of the season.

Stay tuned to http://www.thorntonweather.com/ for the latest news and conditions through the weekend.

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Life threatening winter weather – Wind chill, frostbite and hypothermia

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 5:45am MDT
Wind chill is a life threatening weather danger that is often ignored or underestimated. (AP Photo)

Wind chill is a life threatening weather danger that is often ignored or underestimated.

Winter weather can not only be trying on the mind and soul, it also presents very real dangers to the human body.  Extreme wind chills can be deadly and bring on the outset of frostbite and hypothermia.  Here in Colorado, all residents should be aware of these hazards and be prepared to deal with them.

In this fourth in a series on Winter Weather Preparedness from the National Weather Service, ThorntonWeather.com helps you understand wind chill and how to protect yourself from frostbite and hypothermia.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE DENVER/BOULDER CO
ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GOODLAND KS
600 AM MDT THU OCT 23 2014

Extreme wind chill – Potentially life-threatening and often overlooked

The combination of wind and low temperature in winter can be deadly. The wind chill index helps you determine when dangerous conditions develop that could lead to frostbite or hypothermia.  It takes into account heat loss from the human body to its surroundings during cold and windy weather.  The calculation utilizes wind speed in miles per hour and temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.  For example, a temperature of minus 5 degrees occurring with a 20 mph wind gives a wind chill near minus 30 degrees.  This means that your body will lose heat at the same rate as it would if the air temperature were minus 30 degrees with no wind.  Wind chill values near minus 25 degrees mean that frostbite is possible within 15 minutes.

  • How does the wind affect wind chill?  See the chart below.

Frostbite is the freezing of skin and the body tissue just beneath it. It first affects exposed body tissue where blood circulation may be limited such as your fingers, toes, nose and ears. To minimize frostbite, make sure all body parts are well covered. When frostbite starts, feeling is lost in the affected area and the frozen tissue will take on a white or pale appearance. If you suspect you are experiencing frostbite, hold the frostbitten area closely against warm skin to return blood flow and warmth to the affected area.

Hypothermia is a dangerously low body temperature and is the most common winter weather killer. When you hear of a hiker, climber, hunter or a stranded traveler perishing from cold weather exposure, hypothermia was the cause. Most people are surprised to learn that hypothermia deaths can occur with temperatures between 30 and 50 degrees. If you or your clothing are wet, then hypothermia becomes even more likely.

Warning signs of hypothermia include uncontrollable shivering, memory loss, disorientation, slurred speech and drowsiness. Immediate medical attention should be given to victims suspected of suffering from hypothermia. If no help is available, the victim should be warmed slowly with warm liquids along with dry clothing and blankets.

The national weather service will issue wind chill advisories and warnings when a deadly combination of wind and cold air threaten. To learn more about wind chill, visit the national weather service internet site using lower case letters:
Weather.gov/om/windchill.

When cold weather threatens, follow these tips for survival:

Stay dry, wet clothing results in much faster heat loss from your body. Wear waterproof insulated boots.

Stay covered, wear mittens or gloves and wear a hat. At least half of your body heat is lost if your head is not covered.

Dress layered, trapped air between loose fitting clothing helps to insulate.

Stay informed, have a portable NOAA weather radio nearby to keep you up-to-date with the latest forecasts and warnings. Use wind chill temperatures to guide you in dressing properly for the outdoors. On very cold days, minimize your exposure to the outdoors if possible.

Wind Chill Chart

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Temperatures climb back up Thursday, record setters possibly ahead

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014 5:14am MDT

High pressure is once again building over the region and that is going to return very unseasonably warm temperatures through Sunday.  Tomorrow and Saturday we may be seeing record-setting warmth.

For today look for mostly sunny skies throughout the day.  That should allow for some good viewing of today’s solar eclipse.

The morning starts out a bit chilly but we will be warming up nicely and heading for a high in the mid to upper 70s.  This is well above the average for the date of 62 degrees.

Looking ahead, Friday and Saturday may very well see high temperature readings that break the record of 80 degrees on both days.

Keep an eye on the mercury today: http://www.thorntonweather.com/live-weather-2.php

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High winds a major threat in Colorado during the winter

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 5:31am MDT
Winter winds can not only make it miserable to be outside, they can also be dangerous.

Winter winds can not only make it miserable to be outside, they can also be dangerous.

As we often experience, high winds in Colorado can cause conditions to deteriorate rapidly.  They present a very real danger to life and property, especially when coupled with other winter conditions like snow.

Why does it seem like we get so much wind in the winter?  What causes this?  How can you prepare and protect yourself and your property?

In this third in a series on winter weather preparedness from the National Weather Service, ThorntonWeather.com helps you understand why we receive so much wind and how to prepare for it.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO
ISSUED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
600 AM MDT WED OCT 22 2014

…WIDESPREAD HIGH WINDS VISIT COLORADO DURING THE WINTER…

This week through October 26th is Winter Weather Preparedness Week in Colorado.

The two main causes of high winds in Colorado during the cold season are the air pressure difference between strong low pressure and cold high pressure systems, and Chinook winds developing across the Front Range and other eastern mountain ranges.

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Slightly unsettled, cooler weather for Thornton’s Wednesday

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014 5:22am MDT

Just a little bit of a change in the recent weather pattern is on tap for today.  Temperatures will cool but still remain above normal and we do see just a slight chance for thunderstorms.

Look for partly to mostly sunny skies above throughout today.  We’ll be warming to a high temperature around 68 degrees, a good bit cooler than the last few but still above the normal for the date of 63 degrees.

A few sprinkles will be possible early this morning.  After noon we may see some thunderstorm activity although the chances aren’t that great and right now we aren’t expect much from any that do develop.

Looking ahead we bounce right back to the unseasonably warm weather we have seen lately and expect it to last through the weekend.

See the image for today’s planning forecast and head over to our main page for current conditions, radar and more.

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Winter weather – What does that weather warning mean?

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 5:47am MDT
You have seen and heard the warnings but do you know what they really mean?

You have seen and heard the warnings but do you know what they really mean?

We all are familiar with the crawls on the TV screen or the announcements on the radio for winter weather advisories such as Winter Storm Watch, Blizzard Warning, Freeze Warning and more. But, how many of us really know what those mean? There is very specific criteria the National Weather Service follows in issuing these watches and warnings and there are important differences between all of them.

In this second in a series on Winter Weather Preparedness from the National Weather Service, ThorntonWeather.com helps you understand what all of these mean so you can be better prepared.

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE BOULDER CO
600 AM TUE OCT 21 2014

From the National Weather Service:

What does that warning mean?

Winter is just around the corner. When a warning is issued will you know what it means and will you know how to respond?   During this Colorado Winter Weather Preparedness Week please become familiar with our list of potentially life-saving winter weather products.

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Unseasonably warm temps again today, slight chance for storms later

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014 5:46am MDT

Once again Thornton will see high temperatures climb well above normal Tuesday.  However moisture and a passing cold front moving in later in the day will bring a slight and quick change to the pattern.

Look for mostly sunny skies to start things off with cloud cover increasing as the day progresses.  By late this afternoon it will be partly sunny.

The clouds aren’t expected to do much to hold back the mercury as we still expect to see highs in the mid-70s.

By the early evening, there is a slight chance for some scattered thunderstorms and showers.  Limited activity will continue to be possible through tonight and much of tomorrow.

Keep an eye out for any storms with our live radar here.

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