now, that’s just cold
What can I say, my friends? It’s here. http://www.denverpost.com/breakingnews/ci_18837529
Sooner than we imagined. Slushier than we hoped. Snow, snow, @($%&$* snow.
When you live in Denver, you learn that the first sign of winter’s pending arrival isn’t the changing of leaves, but the closure of the uppermost stretches of Mt. Evans or Trail Ridge or pick-the-pass. The cardinal points of your internal cold-weather warning compass aren’t so much N/S/E/W as they are reports of blizzards crossing the Wyoming line, instant-ice storms on Monument Hill, truckers stopped before reaching Limon and traveler wait-it-outs all along I-70.
You also learn that what’s happening weather-wise just a few miles away isn’t necessarily something you’ll see. The few hundred feet of elevation between my home and the city, for example, can mean a foot more flakes to shovel or a total bye. But all of us get the blessed Mile-High sunshine that can melt a blizzard’s worth in a day.
Because we in the metro area rely on the mountain snow-fall and subsequent melt-off for our water supplies, hearing that the first storms of the season have moved in has its shiny side. Plus, these early reports encourage those who ski, snowboard and such to schedule vacations, buy gear, purchase lift passes and more. And anything that stimulates the economy these days is welcome.
As to the weather the nation, at large, can expect this winter, I’ve clicked on the forecast from the same source my grandparents relied on a century ago…the Old Farmer’s Almanac. It says:
“For the winter of 2011–12, the Farmers’ Almanac is forecasting ‘clime and punishment,’ a season of unusually cold and stormy weather. For some parts of the country, that means a frigid climate; while for others, it will mean lots of rain and snow.”
And “cold to very cold” across the Northern Plains and Rockies.
Don’t you worry about me. 😉