Post by Shibumi-Mandeville I-12/Hwy59 on Jan 22, 2021 18:23:48 GMT -6
I just thought of icicles..... As a kid I found them so fastinating.... Ok.... I'll admit it.... I still do.
A few years ago when we had our two days of ice on the northshore I was in heaven.... Didn't think I'd ever see those slanted icicles on the bottom of my car like you see in places that get a real winter.
Grab a one person sled (sledge, slide, whatever word you want to use) and take a video boogying down the street giggling like a little girl! Of course make sure you have a site fired way to stop!
When I see the word 'thermal' I think of thermal underwear... Then there's wind.... So thermal wind would be.........
There's a joke about wind shear in there somewhere...
Also, side effect of the high elevation is the "thermal wind" increases as the pressure decreases.
Saturday January 23rd
Light snow overnight. Didn't get a chance to measure because I woke up too late for the sun to start subliming it away.
Hard to get a lot of snow here with the SW flow aloft. Needs to be a lot stronger at least. Those big mountains to my SW just feast on all the moisture before it gets here. You can see it here. Those peaks are all like 13k feet with a few 14ers in there.
Now it's a cloudy afternoon, with the sun not really out we got below freezing again by 3 pm. Mountain breeze is picking up too as the sun sets. Bitter wind.
Another chance of snow tomorrow as the shortwave, that will produce some southern severe weather later in the week, comes through to the south. Surface low over Colorado ought to treck close but it looks like it'll do some lee cyclogenesis and get rolling east.
Edit in to add: Cold front appears to be culprit for the wind. Turned more out of the due west. Just cuts through you.
Post by thermalwind on Jan 23, 2021 21:19:42 GMT -6
Shortwave rolling into the base of this big western trough, as the trough its self digs south into Arizona. It's the more energetic of the two shortwaves this weekend for me. SW flow picking up as the Arizona mountains hit the snow jackpot on this one. Should be a snowy afternoon for NFC/AFC title games, though I don't expect it to be more than an inch here. Start of an active weather period in the west, with the Pacific about to pump moisture into the west coast. Should have opportunities to pick up snow a few times this coming week and next weekend.
It's also gonna be cold. Probably getting single digits tonight and will be below freezing for the next couple of days. Negatives look like a good bet by Wednesday morning. NWS has us getting down to -6 for the overnight low Tuesday into Wednesday.
Post by PinkFreud - Nola FQ on Jan 23, 2021 22:02:18 GMT -6
Your pics are beautiful!!! I've only been to Colorado twice. Most recently, several years ago to visit a friend. Her guy at the time took us up to Loveland Pass. That was the coldest that I've ever been in my life! Seeing all the Bighorn Sheep on the way up was amazing. When we were close to the top we picked up a couple of hitchhiking snowboarders, gave them lift back up in the back of his truck, then watched them board back down. All in all, an awesome experience for a New Orleanian! I'll keep checking your thread!