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Time lapse video: Thornton’s March 2016 blizzard

The morning of March 23, 2016 saw the blizzard hit with full force. (ThorntonWeather.com)
The morning of March 23, 2016 saw the blizzard hit with full force. (ThorntonWeather.com)

It is hard to believe so much snow can fall over such a short period of time.  Over just more than 12 hours Thornton received 21.7 inches – our biggest snowstorm since 2006.  Our east facing webcam captured all the action from start to finish.

The video below starts at midnight on the 23rd with dry conditions.  By about 2:00am rain falls but that quickly transitions to snow.

It is after daybreak that the storm gets started in earnest and the heavy snowfall almost entirely obscures the view at points.  As is typical in Colorado, by mid-afternoon, we actually start to see some blue skies.

The video covers 19 hours in about 39 seconds.  There are a few ‘hiccups’ in the video that you might notice.  These were when we had brief power outages.

Time lapse video: Thornton’s March 23, 2016 blizzard

To say the storm that pounded the Colorado Front Range was a big one does not do it justice.  In less than 24 hours Thornton would see blizzard conditions and our second heaviest snowfall of the previous 10 years.

Light rain began in the early morning hours but that soon transitioned to snow.  The white stuff would continue to fall into the evening.  Strong winds helped whip the snow and create blizzard conditions grinding the Colorado Front Range to a halt.

Thornton would tally 20.1 inches of snow, one of the heftier totals from the area.

The video below begins at midnight and runs through 7:00pm.

Time lapse video of Thornton’s Mother’s Day weekend snow

The past week or so has brought quite a variety of weather, most notably seven straight days of precipitation.  On Saturday we saw a continuation of the rain which changed to snow overnight, an event captured by one of our webcams.

Over the seven days, Thornton recorded a whopping 4.34 inches of liquid precipitation.  Most of that fell as rain but 5.1 inches of snow provided some of that as well.

The video below shows the period from 3:00pm on Saturday, May 9 through 5:00pm on Sunday, May 10 compressed to about 53 seconds.  It starts with rain which soon transitions to snow as the evening arrives.  The snow continues into the following morning and then skies begin to clear and the snow quickly melts.

Video: Toddlers debate sprinkles versus rain

Sprinkles vs rain: Toddlers debate the weighty issue. (YouTube / Tara Willmott)
Sprinkles vs rain: Toddlers debate the weighty issue. (YouTube / Tara Willmott)

Certainly politics, religion and even climate change are hotly debated topics but as a video shows, toddlers can get pretty fired up about whether it is sprinkling or raining.

Posted to YouTube yesterday, the video portrays how quickly a discussion about the weather can get heated.

A young boy insists it is just sprinkling – because his mom told him it was – while two twin girls demand it is raining.

Strong words are exchanged and soon some poking ensues.  The boy learns a harsh lesson about disagreeing with girls as one ‘pokes his heart’ and brings him to tears.

Like many debates likely conducted by these toddlers’ parents, in the end everyone insists they are right and no minds seem to be changed.  😉

Video captures twin EF-4 tornadoes in Nebraska

The twin terrors of the June 16, 2014 tornadoes near Pilger and Wisner, Nebraska were captured on video. (YouTube / Timothy Klaustermeier)
The twin terrors of the June 16, 2014 tornadoes near Pilger and Wisner, Nebraska were captured on video. (YouTube / Timothy Klaustermeier)

Severe weather struck eastern Nebraska on June 16 spawning an amazing four EF-4 rated tornadoes in less than an hour.  Two of these were twins, formed from the same supercell thunderstorm at nearly the same time, and stunning video from a resident’s porch shows the beasts.

While this event and the video are a few weeks old, it is well worth sharing.  The imagery is a stunning display of Mother Nature’s most violent phenomena.

Timothy Klaustermeier took the video and posted it to YouTube.  The nearly seven minute long video shows both tornadoes that spawned near Pilger and lifted north of Wisner.  Amazingly the man appears to have been quite calm during the event as the only sounds heard are the roaring of the twisters.

The National Weather Service rated both of these tornadoes as EF4s on the Enhanced Fujita Scale which means they were packing winds of at least 166mph.  One traveled over 18 miles, the other nearly 12 miles.

Two other twisters in the same area, one just before and one just after the twins, were also rated EF4s.

Extensive damage was seen in the areas of Pilger and Wisner.  Two fatalities were recorded: A five year old girl and a 75 year old man.  Sixteen people were critically injured in the storms.

Video: NASA showcases weather and climate events of 2013 as seen from space

A scene from a new NASA video shows Colorado’s West Fork Fire in June 2013 among other area weather and climate events. (NASA / YouTube)
A scene from a new NASA video shows Colorado’s West Fork Fire in June 2013 among other area weather and climate events. (NASA / YouTube)

A stunning video released by NASA this week provides a bird’s eye view of some of the Earth’s most significant weather and climate events of last year.

Using images and movies from satellites and the International Space Station, scenes from across the globe are shown in the video titled “Earth from Orbit 2013.”

Colorado and surrounding states however will draw the most attention from many locally.

From their perch high above, imagery of Colorado’s West Fork Fire in June 2013 is seen as well as the effects of the September floods.

To our south, the drought in New Mexico is seen having taken its toll on Elephant Butte Reservoir in New Mexico.  The veritable explosion of storm cells that lea to devastation in Oklahoma during a May tornado outbreak are also shown.

Below the video you will find a description of each scene and links to more imagery.

From NASA – Published on Apr 21, 2014:

A fleet of orbiting satellites monitors Earth constantly. The satellites from NASA and other space agencies give us a fresh, wide perspective on things that we can see from the ground — and things that we can’t.

A look back at Earth in 2013 from the viewpoint of orbit reveals the kind of data gathering and technical achievement that are the reason NASA puts Earth-observing satellites in space. A visualization of satellite and computer model data shows how a cloud of dust from the Chelyabinsk meteor moved around the world. NASA satellites measured the intensity of wildfires, the salinity of the oceans and rainfall around the globe — whether it was too little or too much.
To learn more about NASA’s Earth science in 2014, please visit: www.nasa.gov/earthrightnow

Imagery used in this video, in order:
Views of a Distant Earth

Earth and Moon

Current Earth Observing Fleet

Term3_ISS From Night to Day to Night Again

Astronaut View of Fires in Colorado

Extensive Ice Fractures in the Beaufort Sea

Dune Movement Around Aorounga

San Francisco Region at Night

Whiting Event, Lake Ontario

Dust Plumes over the Mediterranean

Mt. St. Helens

El Paso

Close-Up of Flooding in Mozambique

Drought Dries Elephant Butte Reservoir

Oklahoma Tornadoes

Floods in Colorado

Pavlof Volcano

Swirling Sediment Reveals Erosive Power of New England Storm

Never at Rest: The Air over Los Angeles

Measuring Soil Moisture from Space

Antarctic Bedrock

Seeing Photosynthesis from Space

Greenland’s Mega Canyon

Chelyabinsk Bolide Plume as seen by NPP and NASA Models

Narrated Distributed Water Balance of the Nile Basin

NEO Observations (various)

Videos: Time lapse of Thornton’s quick, wet snow coming and going

Late winter in Colorado can bring a wide variety of conditions, oftentimes within a very short time span. This was fully evident yesterday and last night as we went from a high of a daytime 62 degrees to receiving a healthy dose of snow before midnight.

Thornton received a total of 2.9 inches of heavy, wet snow from about 9:00 p.m. on March 4 through 1:00 a.m. on March 5.  A healthy 0.45 inches liquid precipitation was recorded from the snow.

The time lapse video below captures the event from its start through sunrise. Below that is a satellite imagery time lapse from 7:00 a.m. to noon to show just how fast that snow disappeared.

Time lapse video captures mountain wave clouds, sunset

Screenshot of an amazing time lapse video showing mountain wave clouds. (YouTube / BasehuntersChasing)
Screenshot of an amazing time lapse video showing mountain wave clouds. (YouTube / BasehuntersChasing)

Watching clouds in real time can be fascinating however it is when they are sped up via time lapse that we can oftentimes truly see the subtle motions that we otherwise miss. A time lapse video released by some local storm chasers provide a stunning visual of wave clouds near Boulder.

Posted to YouTube today by Basehunters Chasing, the video showcases scenes captured over a couple of days along the Front Range.

Rolling mountain wave clouds serve as a backdrop to cows in a field.  Watching closely, snow can be seen falling on the highest mountain peaks.  Zoomed in views of a wave cloud follow showing the amazing motion.

Lastly a sunset is seen with the clouds starting pastel orange, then turning brilliant bright orange before fading away.

The video is set to a very soothing flute-type instrumental.  Check it out below.