<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Fri, 04 Sep 2015 06:40:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Weather advisory extended for El Paso County, expired in Teller County]]> http://gazette.com/weather-advisory-extended-for-el-paso-county-expired-in-teller-county/article/1558519?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/weather-advisory-extended-for-el-paso-county-expired-in-teller-county/article/1558519?custom_click=rss

The National Weather Service in Pueblo extended a significant weather advisory for portions of El Paso County until 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

A strong thunderstorm with frequent lightning is moving east with brief, heavy rain and hail under a half-inch in diameter expected. Winds could exceed 40 mph.

Southeastern Colorado Springs, Fountain, Peterson Air Force Base, Ellicott, Schriever Air Force Base, Security-Widefield and Cimarron Hills will likely be affected.

The initial advisory included Teller County and was scheduled to expire at 5:45 p.m.

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]]> Tue, 01 Sep 2015 18:02:31 -0600 <![CDATA[Smoke wafting through Pikes Peak region could last through weekend]]> http://gazette.com/smoke-wafting-through-pikes-peak-region-could-last-through-weekend/article/1558333?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoke-wafting-through-pikes-peak-region-could-last-through-weekend/article/1558333?custom_click=rss

Southeast winds pulled smoke from fires in the Pacific Northwest, bringing hazier skies to the Pikes Peak region on Saturday.

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment did not issue an advisory and reported that areas of light to moderate smoke across the state should decrease through the weekend.

The air quality index for fine particulates was classified as moderate in the Colorado Springs area, according to the state health department. People sensitive to air pollution are advised to reduce long or heavy exertion under those conditions.

The smoke will likely be visible again Sunday said Mark Wankowski, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo, and may be reduced by anticipated



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 20:08:05 -0600
<![CDATA[What will El Niño bring? Likely a wet fall, slightly drier winter, wet spring]]> http://gazette.com/what-will-el-nio-bring-likely-a-wet-fall-slightly-drier-winter-wet-spring/article/1558332?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/what-will-el-nio-bring-likely-a-wet-fall-slightly-drier-winter-wet-spring/article/1558332?custom_click=rss

Lately, you would have to be living under a rock not to hear the term El Niño being thrown around.

First, a quick definition of an El Niño: it's the abnormal warming of the equatorial Pacific Ocean, which creates changes in weather patterns around the world. It usually occurs every three to seven years, and can last anywhere from six to 18 months.

So what does it mean to us in southern Colorado?

The 11 Breaking Weather Team is using it to predict the weather we'll see over the next several months.

This El Niño is a pretty robust event, and it's likely to max out in the late fall and winter. Given this setup, southern Colorado historically sees a cooler and wetter than normal fall.



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Sat, 29 Aug 2015 19:54:00 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood advisory expires on Black Forest burn scar]]> http://gazette.com/flood-advisory-expires-on-black-forest-burn-scar/article/1558225?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-advisory-expires-on-black-forest-burn-scar/article/1558225?custom_click=rss

A flood advisory for the Black Forest burn scar expired at 7:30 p.m. Thursday

The advisory was put in place about 5:30 p.m. after radar indicated heavy rain because of thunderstorms, the National Weather Service said. It expired, as planned, at 7:30 p.m.

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]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 17:44:07 -0600 <![CDATA[Wildfire smoke advisory for Colorado is lifted, but caution encouraged]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-for-colorado-is-lifted-but-caution-encouraged/article/1557967?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-for-colorado-is-lifted-but-caution-encouraged/article/1557967?custom_click=rss

As of 9 a.m., the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment lifted the wildfire smoke advisory it issued on Sunday, although the department cautioned that those with heart or lung disease should continue to limit strenuous activities outdoors.

The wildfire health advisory issued Sunday afternoon and was forecasted to extend into Monday evening. Upper level wind patterns, however, are expected to draw smoke away from Colorado, according to an announcement on the department's website.

The smoke is coming from the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest and Montana, where wildfires continue to rage in severe drought conditions.

In addition to containing water vapor, wildfire smoke has carbon monoxide and dioxide, as



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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 12:03:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Smoke from wildfires to the West could pose health risk]]> http://gazette.com/smoke-from-wildfires-to-the-west-could-pose-health-risk/article/1557941?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/smoke-from-wildfires-to-the-west-could-pose-health-risk/article/1557941?custom_click=rss

Wildfire smoke drifting over El Paso County on Monday could pose a health risk for older residents, as well as those with asthma, heart or lung disease, according to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

The department issued an action alert for air quality on Sunday at 4 p.m., which is expected to last until 4 p.m. on Monday. People sensitive to the smoke and young children should reduce exertion and activity outdoors until the alert period is over. Wildfire smoke is mostly made up of water vapor, but the smoke also contains carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, irritant volatile organic compounds and small particles, according to U.S. Forest Service smoke information page.



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Mon, 24 Aug 2015 07:29:45 -0600
<![CDATA[Hurricane Danny now Category 1; predicted to become tropical storm]]> http://gazette.com/hurricane-danny-now-category-1-predicted-to-become-tropical-storm/article/1557871?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hurricane-danny-now-category-1-predicted-to-become-tropical-storm/article/1557871?custom_click=rss  

Hurricane Danny is getting weaker and is expected to become a tropical storm over the weekend, forecasters said Saturday.

“The storm is expected to keep weakening for the next five days. By Thursday it is expected to be a depression,” said National Weather Service meteorologist, Dan Gregoria early Saturday, adding that the now-Category 1 storm is predicted to soften a bit before hitting the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean.

Danny’s winds slightly weakened to from 110 mph Friday night to 90 mph Saturday morning as it moved west north-westward about 660 miles east of the Leeward Islands. Experts say tropical storm watches will most likely be issued for portions of the that land and the Virgin



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Sat, 22 Aug 2015 10:06:47 -0600
<![CDATA[Wildfire smoke advisory issued for parts of Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-issued-for-parts-of-colorado/article/1557820?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wildfire-smoke-advisory-issued-for-parts-of-colorado/article/1557820?custom_click=rss

Massive wildfires that have killed three firefighters continue to roar through Washington state on Friday with a speed of 100 square miles a day, and Colorado Springs residents have been hit by effects of that blaze and dozens of others in western states.

On Friday, Colorado skies were filled with a smoky haze from fires burning in eastern Washington, Montana, Idaho and Oregon.

A wildfire smoke health advisory was issued for northern Colorado until 9 a.m. Saturday. That area includes Denver, Ft. Collins, Greeley, Golden and smaller communities in the region. Pitkin County is under a smoke advisory.



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Fri, 21 Aug 2015 17:52:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Is this summer? Record cold temps possible around Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/is-this-summer-record-cold-temps-possible-around-colorado-springs/article/1557662?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/is-this-summer-record-cold-temps-possible-around-colorado-springs/article/1557662?custom_click=rss Forecasters say temperatures in Colorado Springs on Wednesday could remain under 70 degrees for the first time since July after a cold front moved into the area a day earlier.

Along with mostly sunny skies, the National Weather Service in Pueblo says temperatures could reach a high of 67 degrees.

The last time it stayed that cold was July 7, when the the high reached 61 degrees, said weather service meteorologist Mike Nosko.

The Aug. 19 record for the lowest high temperature is 64 degrees, set in 2011, Nosko said.

Forecasters say the temperature through Thursday morning could drop to 49 degrees. The Aug. 20 record is 47 degrees, set in 2001, Nosko said.



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Wed, 19 Aug 2015 08:18:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Tornado warning expires for El Paso, Teller counties, watch remains in effect for Front Range]]> http://gazette.com/tornado-warning-expires-for-el-paso-teller-counties-watch-remains-in-effect-for-front-range/article/1557543?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tornado-warning-expires-for-el-paso-teller-counties-watch-remains-in-effect-for-front-range/article/1557543?custom_click=rss

It's been an active Monday afternoon for weather in the Colorado Springs area. Here are updates:

UPDATE 4:20 P.M. 

The tornado warning for Teller and El Paso County has expired, and as of 4:26 p.m. the severe thunderstorm warning was also lifted. 

A tornado watch remains in effect until 11 p.m. for east central Colorado, according to the National Weather Service. 

Sirens went off at the U.S. Air Force Academy, signaling to those on base that they should shelter in place, said spokesman John Van Winkle. But there was no tornado touchdown in the area, he said.

Police radio traffic indicated that there were tornado sirens going off in Monument, where a tornado had been spotted.



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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 17:56:57 -0600
<![CDATA[Storms a possibility every day this week in the Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/storms-a-possibility-every-day-this-week-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1557508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/storms-a-possibility-every-day-this-week-in-the-colorado-springs-area/article/1557508?custom_click=rss

Lightning and thunderstorms are expected to pummel the Front Range and eastern plains all week, according to the Sunday forecast from the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

The storms are predicted to hit on Monday afternoon and evening, bringing hail, wind gusts and frequent lighting to the Pikes Peak Region. Along the Interstate 25 corridor, the storms could bring down big hail stones, heavy rain and flash flooding.

From Tuesday until Saturday, late afternoon thunderstorms are a possibility every day, and could bring wind gusts and lightning.



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Mon, 17 Aug 2015 07:52:51 -0600