It’s World Meteorological Day. How appropriate. The meteorologists around here are excitedly dealing with a typical Colorado weather forecast for the next 24 hours. Typical in that very little about our weather is ever “typical.”
Right now, it’s a beautiful sunny spring day. My thermometer says 79°, although official sources are reporting a few degrees cooler. And yet snow plows are lining up, trucks are being filled with salt, sand, and/or mag chloride, and everyone is watching the sky with fingers crossed. Conditions are expected to change drastically later this evening, with a front bringing in high winds, cold, and snow. I’ve heard predictions of 1″-3″ across the metro (not really a big deal aside from being our first moisture in about a month), with rain expected before the snow. And while this part of the state is currently under a critical Red Flag fire warning because of the drought and wind, the south side of the metro is now also on a blizzard watch.
It was Will Rogers, famous Oklahoman, who said of his state, “If you don’t like the weather, wait a minute.” (Oklahomans always claim it was Will Rogers; others say it was Mark Twain.) And in the 60 or so years I lived there, I found it to be true. However, it seems to be even more true of Colorado. We can thank our mountains for that.
As for the “… more” in the title, it’s also Cuddly Kitten Day, National Puppy Day, National Chip and Dip Day, National Melba Toast Day, Near Miss Day (reminder of the day in 1989 when a 300-meter-wide asteroid passed within 450,000 miles of Earth), and OK Day (celebrating the word “OK” which is recognized and used around the world).
Yikes, my thermometer just hit 80°. But the snow forecast still stands.
Gotta love Colorado.
3:25 pm: Posted this at 3 pm. Since then, clouds have rolled in on a 20 mph south wind and the temp has dropped 5°. To the southwest, looking between the houses, I can see virga. Looks like our change has begun.