<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Mon, 25 May 2015 23:54:33 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Revelers enjoy Monday's sun, but rain record still in jeopardy]]> http://gazette.com/revelers-enjoy-mondays-sun-but-rain-record-still-in-jeopardy/article/1552514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/revelers-enjoy-mondays-sun-but-rain-record-still-in-jeopardy/article/1552514?custom_click=rss

A flirtation with the sun in the Pikes Peak region drew thousands of people outdoors Monday, but rainclouds won't race away any time soon.

High temperatures in Colorado Springs hit the mid-60s Monday. That was enough for some residents to break out the shorts and flip-flops at Territory Days on the west side before evening rainclouds rolled in.

"This has been the busiest day so far," said Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Marvin Adams as he watched hundreds of people stroll by his Colorado Avenue station on their way to the three-day festival.

After one of the wettest Mays on record, Monday's break from the rain allowed a brief escape for those with cabin fever.

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]]> A flirtation with the sun in the Pikes Peak region drew thousands of people outdoors Monday, but rainclouds won't race away any time soon.

High temperatures in Colorado Springs hit the mid-60s Monday. That was enough for some residents to break out the shorts and flip-flops at Territory Days on the west side before evening rainclouds rolled in.

"This has been the busiest day so far," said Colorado Springs Fire Department Lt. Marvin Adams as he watched hundreds of people stroll by his Colorado Avenue station on their way to the three-day festival.

After one of the wettest Mays on record, Monday's break from the rain allowed a brief escape for those with cabin fever.]]> Mon, 25 May 2015 19:53:46 -0600 <![CDATA[Flood threat eases in northeastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/flood-threat-eases-in-northeastern-colorado/article/1552500?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-threat-eases-in-northeastern-colorado/article/1552500?custom_click=rss STERLING — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week.

Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody Adams says very little precipitation fell. However, authorities did have to rescue a driver who got stuck after passing a barricade on a flooded road near Crook.

After weeks of heavy rain, some residents had to evacuate after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks but those orders were lifted Sunday. The Colorado Air National Guard found erosion north and



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STERLING — The flood threat in northeastern Colorado has eased for now but Logan County residents are being asked to remain alert because of additional storms expected during the week.

Residents braced for another possible round of flooding Sunday afternoon because of expected heavy rain but Logan County emergency management coordinator Cody Adams says very little precipitation fell. However, authorities did have to rescue a driver who got stuck after passing a barricade on a flooded road near Crook.

After weeks of heavy rain, some residents had to evacuate after the North Sterling Reservoir inlet ditch spilled over its banks but those orders were lifted Sunday. The Colorado Air National Guard found erosion north and

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Mon, 25 May 2015 14:42:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Tornado warning issued for El Paso County expires; storm over Security Widefield area moving northeast]]> http://gazette.com/tornado-warning-issued-for-el-paso-county-expires-storm-over-security-widefield-area-moving-northeast/article/1552469?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tornado-warning-issued-for-el-paso-county-expires-storm-over-security-widefield-area-moving-northeast/article/1552469?custom_click=rss

A tornado warning has been issued for southwest El Paso County until 1 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police. 

The National Weather Service in Pueblo announced on Twitter that its office has received multiple reports of funnel clouds near Fountain.

Police tweeted a funnel cloud over Fort Carson, according to spotters.



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A tornado warning has been issued for southwest El Paso County until 1 p.m., according to Colorado Springs police. 

The National Weather Service in Pueblo announced on Twitter that its office has received multiple reports of funnel clouds near Fountain.

Police tweeted a funnel cloud over Fort Carson, according to spotters.

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Sun, 24 May 2015 13:05:59 -0600
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Funnel clouds were spotted in El Paso County Saturday after the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the area that included a chance for weak funnel clouds.

People tweeted photos of funnel clouds in the Fountain and Fort Carson areas.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued the advisory around noon and it is in effect until 2 p.m. The area has a chance for heavy rain into the early evening hours, said Pamela Evenson, with the weather service.

The weather service warned that while funnel clouds typically last only for a few minutes, they can cause damage if they reach the ground. Anyone who sees a funnel cloud should call their local law enforcement agency, the weather service wrote.



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Funnel clouds were spotted in El Paso County Saturday after the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory for the area that included a chance for weak funnel clouds.

People tweeted photos of funnel clouds in the Fountain and Fort Carson areas.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo issued the advisory around noon and it is in effect until 2 p.m. The area has a chance for heavy rain into the early evening hours, said Pamela Evenson, with the weather service.

The weather service warned that while funnel clouds typically last only for a few minutes, they can cause damage if they reach the ground. Anyone who sees a funnel cloud should call their local law enforcement agency, the weather service wrote.

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Sat, 23 May 2015 17:02:16 -0600
<![CDATA[Saturated ground continues to cause chaos in Pikes Peak region]]> http://gazette.com/saturated-ground-continues-to-cause-chaos-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552361?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/saturated-ground-continues-to-cause-chaos-in-pikes-peak-region/article/1552361?custom_click=rss

Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city.

Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park manager.

Two other residents are out of town, Young said.

The hillside at the park, near Highway 24 and 8th Street west of the downtown area, began to crack after about three weeks of heavy rainfall that has left damage throughout the Pikes Peak region and in other parts of the state.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs had officially recorded 6.95 inches of rain this month,



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Sodden from days of rain, another Colorado Springs hillside sagged this week, dislodging two mobile homes and five RVs from their pads shortly after midnight Friday at the A-1 Mobile Village near U.S. 24 on the west side of the city.

Six people and four dogs were evacuated by the Red Cross, said Margery Young, the onsite mobile home park manager.

Two other residents are out of town, Young said.

The hillside at the park, near Highway 24 and 8th Street west of the downtown area, began to crack after about three weeks of heavy rainfall that has left damage throughout the Pikes Peak region and in other parts of the state.

As of 5 p.m. Friday, Colorado Springs had officially recorded 6.95 inches of rain this month,

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Fri, 22 May 2015 20:41:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Believe it or not, weekend forecast for Pikes Peak region calls for sun]]> http://gazette.com/believe-it-or-not-weekend-forecast-for-pikes-peak-region-calls-for-sun/article/1552402?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/believe-it-or-not-weekend-forecast-for-pikes-peak-region-calls-for-sun/article/1552402?custom_click=rss The sun might actually come out for a significant part of Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

There's a chance for scattered thunderstorms and showers in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Pueblo through the weekend, but temperatures are expected to be fair and Saturday is expected to be at least partly sunny. It's the day day with the best chance for drying out some of the soggy Pikes Peak region, said Randy Gray, with the weather service.

Colorado Springs is expected to have highs in the 60s throughout the weekend, and Pueblo could see temperatures up to 75.

The Woodland Park area will likely be a bit cooler with temperatures hovering around 55.

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]]> The sun might actually come out for a significant part of Memorial Day weekend, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

There's a chance for scattered thunderstorms and showers in Colorado Springs, Woodland Park and Pueblo through the weekend, but temperatures are expected to be fair and Saturday is expected to be at least partly sunny. It's the day day with the best chance for drying out some of the soggy Pikes Peak region, said Randy Gray, with the weather service.

Colorado Springs is expected to have highs in the 60s throughout the weekend, and Pueblo could see temperatures up to 75.

The Woodland Park area will likely be a bit cooler with temperatures hovering around 55.]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 20:35:12 -0600 <![CDATA[Soggy weather leads to indefinite road closures in El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/soggy-weather-leads-to-indefinite-road-closures-in-el-paso-county/article/1552401?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/soggy-weather-leads-to-indefinite-road-closures-in-el-paso-county/article/1552401?custom_click=rss Several El Paso County roads have been closed indefinitely because of rain damage. They are:

- Manitou Avenue and Serpentine Drive were closed from the traffic circle at Manitou and Serpentine to U.S. 24 because of cracks in the pavement on Manitou and in a retaining wall along Serpentine. The Colorado Department of Transportation said eastbound Manitou may reopen over the weekend, but there was no estimated time for reopening the westbound lanes.

- Sphinx Court was closed Friday at Falcon Highway because of water running over the roadway.

- East Garrett Road, which was closed earlier in the week because of flood damage, was closed again Friday afternoon from JD Johnson Road to Coyote Lane because water was washing out

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- Manitou Avenue and Serpentine Drive were closed from the traffic circle at Manitou and Serpentine to U.S. 24 because of cracks in the pavement on Manitou and in a retaining wall along Serpentine. The Colorado Department of Transportation said eastbound Manitou may reopen over the weekend, but there was no estimated time for reopening the westbound lanes.

- Sphinx Court was closed Friday at Falcon Highway because of water running over the roadway.

- East Garrett Road, which was closed earlier in the week because of flood damage, was closed again Friday afternoon from JD Johnson Road to Coyote Lane because water was washing out]]> Fri, 22 May 2015 20:35:10 -0600 <![CDATA[Flood advisories in effect in El Paso, Fremont counties; U.S. 50 closed by rockslide]]> http://gazette.com/flood-advisories-in-effect-in-el-paso-fremont-counties-u.s.-50-closed-by-rockslide/article/1552357?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-advisories-in-effect-in-el-paso-fremont-counties-u.s.-50-closed-by-rockslide/article/1552357?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs residents might see something unusual in the sky Friday morning: the sun.

Conditions are expected to improve with temperatures in the mid-60s after heavy rainstorms throughout the Pikes Peak Region earlier in the week, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

"We might see the return of sunshine today" around 9 or 10 a.m. Friday, he said.

Until then, the weather service issued a flood advisory in El Paso County until 9:15 a.m.

A flood advisory is also in effect in Fremont County until 9 a.m., the weather service said.

U.S. 50 was closed east of Salida early Friday morning because of a rockslide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, but



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Colorado Springs residents might see something unusual in the sky Friday morning: the sun.

Conditions are expected to improve with temperatures in the mid-60s after heavy rainstorms throughout the Pikes Peak Region earlier in the week, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

"We might see the return of sunshine today" around 9 or 10 a.m. Friday, he said.

Until then, the weather service issued a flood advisory in El Paso County until 9:15 a.m.

A flood advisory is also in effect in Fremont County until 9 a.m., the weather service said.

U.S. 50 was closed east of Salida early Friday morning because of a rockslide, according to the Colorado Department of Transportation, but

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Fri, 22 May 2015 08:00:48 -0600
<![CDATA[21 days of rain: Colorado weather makes liar out of state's sunshine claim]]> http://gazette.com/21-days-of-rain-colorado-weather-makes-liar-out-of-states-sunshine-claim/article/1552315?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/21-days-of-rain-colorado-weather-makes-liar-out-of-states-sunshine-claim/article/1552315?custom_click=rss It's official. The Pikes Peak region has been wet every day in May - except for one.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo confirmed Thursday that Colorado Springs has seen at least trace amounts of precipitation all but one day this month, giving us 21 soggy days since April 30. It's too soon to tell whether that means more sunny days in a row later, as Colorado is famous for its promise to tourists of at least 300 days of sunshine.

The Colorado Springs Airport's record for consecutive days with measurable precipitation is 11, set in May 1980 and May 1957, according to Randy Gray of the National Weather Service.

The next chance for a mostly sunny day is May 29, Gray said. That will be a tease, though, as there's a

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]]> It's official. The Pikes Peak region has been wet every day in May - except for one.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo confirmed Thursday that Colorado Springs has seen at least trace amounts of precipitation all but one day this month, giving us 21 soggy days since April 30. It's too soon to tell whether that means more sunny days in a row later, as Colorado is famous for its promise to tourists of at least 300 days of sunshine.

The Colorado Springs Airport's record for consecutive days with measurable precipitation is 11, set in May 1980 and May 1957, according to Randy Gray of the National Weather Service.

The next chance for a mostly sunny day is May 29, Gray said. That will be a tease, though, as there's a]]> Thu, 21 May 2015 15:53:23 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs can expect slight reprieve before heavy rain strikes again]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-can-expect-slight-reprieve-before-heavy-rain-strikes-again/article/1552236?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-can-expect-slight-reprieve-before-heavy-rain-strikes-again/article/1552236?custom_click=rss

Forecasters say residents in the Colorado Springs area can relax a little through Wednesday, as the weather is expected to be calm with a few scattered showers in the afternoon and evening.

But there is potential for heavy rain beginning Thursday afternoon as a storm system from the desert southwest will move across the Pikes Peak region, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Fountain Creek in Fountain is still a concern, though water levels dropped to just under 7 feet. Nosko said the flood stage is 8 feet.

Through midnight Wednesday, Colorado Springs received 6 inches of rain in May, making it the second wettest May. In 1935, the city got 8.1 inches of rain in May, Nosko said. For



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Forecasters say residents in the Colorado Springs area can relax a little through Wednesday, as the weather is expected to be calm with a few scattered showers in the afternoon and evening.

But there is potential for heavy rain beginning Thursday afternoon as a storm system from the desert southwest will move across the Pikes Peak region, said meteorologist Mike Nosko of the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Fountain Creek in Fountain is still a concern, though water levels dropped to just under 7 feet. Nosko said the flood stage is 8 feet.

Through midnight Wednesday, Colorado Springs received 6 inches of rain in May, making it the second wettest May. In 1935, the city got 8.1 inches of rain in May, Nosko said. For

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Wed, 20 May 2015 12:19:02 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado's 300 days a year of sunshine may be in jeopardy]]> http://gazette.com/colorados-300-days-a-year-of-sunshine-may-be-in-jeopardy/article/1552231?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorados-300-days-a-year-of-sunshine-may-be-in-jeopardy/article/1552231?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado vacation promoters like to boast that Colorado has an average 300 days of sunshine a year, but that may be in jeopardy this year.

Rainy weather in across Colorado is setting weather records and causing minor flooding. In Durango, bicycle race organizers have hired a meteorologist for Memorial Day weekend.

Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doeskin says the attention-grabbing weather doesn't feel like Colorado, but it happens every few years.

The good news is that the rains have been drawn out over the past few weeks and they haven't caused the major flood damage that devastated the state in 2013, or the grand-daddy of all floods that happened 50 years ago this year.



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DENVER — Colorado vacation promoters like to boast that Colorado has an average 300 days of sunshine a year, but that may be in jeopardy this year.

Rainy weather in across Colorado is setting weather records and causing minor flooding. In Durango, bicycle race organizers have hired a meteorologist for Memorial Day weekend.

Colorado State Climatologist Nolan Doeskin says the attention-grabbing weather doesn't feel like Colorado, but it happens every few years.

The good news is that the rains have been drawn out over the past few weeks and they haven't caused the major flood damage that devastated the state in 2013, or the grand-daddy of all floods that happened 50 years ago this year.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 11:18:26 -0600
<![CDATA[Mount Evans Highway reopening delayed due to May snow]]> http://gazette.com/mount-evans-highway-reopening-delayed-due-to-may-snow/article/1552220?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mount-evans-highway-reopening-delayed-due-to-may-snow/article/1552220?custom_click=rss DENVER — The Mount Evans Highway will not reopen to traffic by Memorial Day weekend as planned because of heavy May snowfall.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says crews had only cleared six miles of the 14.7-mile road as of Monday.

About four 4 feet of snow has fallen in May, canceling out previous clearing work that began on April 28. CDOT officials say they also have yet to complete work stabilizing eroding parts of the highway above Lincoln Lake.

CDOT officials say they don't know when the road up to the 14,000-foot-plus peak will open.

However, they are still hoping to have Independence Pass to Aspen open on Thursday in time for the holiday weekend.



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DENVER — The Mount Evans Highway will not reopen to traffic by Memorial Day weekend as planned because of heavy May snowfall.

The Colorado Department of Transportation says crews had only cleared six miles of the 14.7-mile road as of Monday.

About four 4 feet of snow has fallen in May, canceling out previous clearing work that began on April 28. CDOT officials say they also have yet to complete work stabilizing eroding parts of the highway above Lincoln Lake.

CDOT officials say they don't know when the road up to the 14,000-foot-plus peak will open.

However, they are still hoping to have Independence Pass to Aspen open on Thursday in time for the holiday weekend.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 08:21:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs on track to break wet record]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-on-track-to-break-wet-record/article/1552208?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-on-track-to-break-wet-record/article/1552208?custom_click=rss

Note: Some schools are affected by the extremely wet weather, including in Ellicott, where classes are canceled Wednesday. Click here for the entire list of closings and delays.

Even most longtime Colorado Springs residents probably can't remember a wetter, more dreary May.

This month is in the running for wettest May on record, jumping to second place and closing the gap by more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday alone.

The last time Colorado Springs got this much precipitation in May, it counted 8.1 inches - in 1935.

Rain continued to hammer the Front Range on Tuesday, breaking weather records, causing and worsening damage to property, trails and roads and giving tourists a false impression of what



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Note: Some schools are affected by the extremely wet weather, including in Ellicott, where classes are canceled Wednesday. Click here for the entire list of closings and delays.

Even most longtime Colorado Springs residents probably can't remember a wetter, more dreary May.

This month is in the running for wettest May on record, jumping to second place and closing the gap by more than an inch and a half of rain on Tuesday alone.

The last time Colorado Springs got this much precipitation in May, it counted 8.1 inches - in 1935.

Rain continued to hammer the Front Range on Tuesday, breaking weather records, causing and worsening damage to property, trails and roads and giving tourists a false impression of what

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Wed, 20 May 2015 07:00:24 -0600
<![CDATA[Bledsoe: Worry more about floods than fires]]> http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bledsoe-worry-more-about-floods-than-fires/article/1552197?custom_click=rss

Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.



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Southern Colorado rarely receives what is deemed "normal" or "average" weather and rarely plays by the rules when it comes to the season. This is especially true when it comes to precipitation, as it is usually feast or famine.

It looks like we had a great winter in terms of snowfall. Colorado Springs picked up 46.5 inches for the season. That is about 10 inches above average and the most snow we've seen since winter 2000-01. However, most of that snow was confined to an active period of weather in January and February. December was pretty dry, and so were March and early April. In fact, March and early April sparked some concern over the upcoming wildfire season.

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Wed, 20 May 2015 04:10:43 -0600
<![CDATA[May storms caused more than $8 million in damage to Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/may-storms-caused-more-than-8-million-in-damage-to-colorado-springs/article/1552065?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/may-storms-caused-more-than-8-million-in-damage-to-colorado-springs/article/1552065?custom_click=rss

Storms and flooding likely caused more than $8 million in damage to Colorado Springs streets, parks and open spaces over a 10-day period this month, city officials said, and that number is expected to rise.

With costs mounting due to the rain and hail that pummeled city infrastructure May 3-12, Mayor Steve Bach signed a local disaster declaration Monday with the hope of recouping funds for repairs from the federal government. The news follows a disaster declaration by El Paso County officials last week for aid with an estimated $2.4 million in damages over the same period.

The weather Monday provided no respite to the battered region, as rain fell throughout the day, returning the possibility of flooding.



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Storms and flooding likely caused more than $8 million in damage to Colorado Springs streets, parks and open spaces over a 10-day period this month, city officials said, and that number is expected to rise.

With costs mounting due to the rain and hail that pummeled city infrastructure May 3-12, Mayor Steve Bach signed a local disaster declaration Monday with the hope of recouping funds for repairs from the federal government. The news follows a disaster declaration by El Paso County officials last week for aid with an estimated $2.4 million in damages over the same period.

The weather Monday provided no respite to the battered region, as rain fell throughout the day, returning the possibility of flooding.

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Tue, 19 May 2015 14:46:55 -0600