Our first winter storm is almost here

Time to revisit one of my favorite maps, ye olde winde map. Long-time readers saw it about two years ago but if you’re relatively new to this blog, you might have missed it.

It’s almost a work of art, as you can see in the gallery. You can even buy prints of the maps from significant dates or events. But for now, just click to see the live map in action (you can zoom in tighter to see more cities). The screenshot is from about 4:30 pm MDT today.

I was drawn to the map today because my thermometer topped out at 79°, with winds in the 30-40 mph range. Denver proper hit 80° and broke the all-time record for the month of November. But a front is rolling in from the northwest and there are winter storm warnings out for the mountains. High tomorrow is predicted to be only about 42° with maybe a trace of snow here late in the day and then back into the 60s on Sunday.

That’s all. Just wanted to mention the map (I have a thing about maps, in case you hadn’t noticed).

Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012
Hurricane Sandy, Oct. 30, 2012

14 thoughts on “Our first winter storm is almost here

  1. Weather maps: ambianunculii? [I thought about weather as ambiance, then I created that word, the one followed by a question mark]. Powerful stuff, those weather maps. VERY POWERFUL.

        1. Hwy 36 up to Boulder is almost always congested, since it’s the only direct route from the Denver metro. Try to go around on back roads and you’ll end up spending just as much time. I-70 is pretty good except during ski season, when it turns into a parking lot on Friday and Sunday evenings. (Even if I loved to ski, I wouldn’t brave that traffic.) CDOT ties itself in knots trying to alleviate the problem, but the terrain rules. There’s really only the one corridor through the mountains from Denver to most of the ski resorts. Wealthy folks can fly into Aspen, and the ski train to Winter Park has been started up again. But those are about the only alternatives.

          The roads to Estes aren’t bad once you get past/through Boulder. Or just skip it and go on up to Longmont before you turn west.

          Of course rush hour(s) on any day is always a mess.

          1. I always like Longmont – in fact on list of possibilities although family is in Ft Collins. Really sad about the traffic – there isn’t much of anything that can be done. Takes the “going to the mountains” have much less holiday cheering.
            (Laughed about the post as i had just finished Wed’s pictures – one is last year’s snowy road…)

          2. I like Longmont a lot. Maybe because my sister lived there for 15 (?) or so years before moving back to OKC. And I did look at some houses up there before I bought this one (so tempting to be that close to Estes). I’m only about a mile from my son now, though, and it seemed the wiser choice.

... and that's my two cents