<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - weather]]> http://gazette.com/rss/weather Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:05:47 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Sunny Saturday offers opportunity for outdoor activities]]> http://gazette.com/sunny-saturday-offers-opportunity-for-outdoor-activities/article/1628217?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sunny-saturday-offers-opportunity-for-outdoor-activities/article/1628217?custom_click=rss It’s a sunny Saturday following a stormy Friday in Colorado Springs. The predicted high is 87 degrees and threat of thunderstorms only begin in late afternoon, according the the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Chances of severe storms return on Sunday and temperatures may lower into the 70s according to Gazette news partner KKTV.

Monday could bring warmer weather and thunderstorms are unlikely, according to the National Weather Service.



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Sat, 23 Jun 2018 10:05:18 -0600
<![CDATA[Severe thunderstorm watch issued for much of southeastern Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/severe-thunderstorm-watch-issued-for-much-of-southeastern-colorado/article/1628167?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/severe-thunderstorm-watch-issued-for-much-of-southeastern-colorado/article/1628167?custom_click=rss

It’s going to be a warm Friday in Colorado Springs, with a 30 percent chance of afternoon thunderstorms, meteorologists say.

According to the National Weather Service in Pueblo some of these storms could be severe with a red flag warning issued for the west edges of Colorado Springs. The combination of strong winds, low relative humidity and warm temperatures can contribute to extreme fire behavior, according to the National Weather Service.

The forecast high temperature Friday is 82 degrees.

A severe thunderstorm watch is in effect until 8 p.m. Friday for much of southeastern Colorado, including Pueblo County, according to the weather service. 



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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:51:38 -0600
<![CDATA[Historic hailstorm southeast of Colorado Springs causes $169 million in damage]]> http://gazette.com/historic-hailstorm-southeast-of-colorado-springs-causes-169-million-in-damage/article/1628175?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/historic-hailstorm-southeast-of-colorado-springs-causes-169-million-in-damage/article/1628175?custom_click=rss

An early morning hailstorm that pummeled Fountain and surrounding areas June 13 is the state's 12th most expensive hailstorm on record and the second costliest ever in southern Colorado.

The storm caused an estimated $169 million in insured losses from nearly 26,000 auto and homeowners insurance claims filed so far, the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association reported Friday. Last week's storm ranks behind a July 28, 2016, storm, which ranks as the state's sixth-most expensive hailstorm and caused an estimated $352.8 million in insured losses.

"This is yet another reminder from Mother Nature of why Colorado is ranked No. 2 in the nation for hail insurance claims," said Carole Walker, executive director of the Rocky



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Fri, 22 Jun 2018 13:11:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Warm temperatures forecast in Colorado Springs on the summer solstice]]> http://gazette.com/warm-temperatures-forecast-in-colorado-springs-on-the-summer-solstice/article/1628108?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/warm-temperatures-forecast-in-colorado-springs-on-the-summer-solstice/article/1628108?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs residents can expect sunny skies for the longest day of the year, meteorologists say.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo forecast 84 degrees for Thursday’s high with slight cloud coverage.

Thursday marks the summer solstice, characterized by the longest duration of daylight hours during the year, and officially marks the first day of summer. The National Weather Service reported the sun rose at 5:34 a.m. and will set at 8:27 p.m., totaling almost 15 hours of daylight in the city, but other areas of the globe could see up to 17 hours of daylight.

Daylight hours will start to shorten after Thursday as the sun starts to rise later and set earlier.



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Thu, 21 Jun 2018 09:30:22 -0600
<![CDATA[Voice of the Consumer: How to avoid being scammed after a hailstorm]]> http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-how-to-avoid-being-scammed-after-a-hailstorm/article/1627892?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/voice-of-the-consumer-how-to-avoid-being-scammed-after-a-hailstorm/article/1627892?custom_click=rss

Many of you may be dealing with the aftermath of the major hailstorm that hit our area last week. If your house needs repairs or if you are making updates to your home, make sure you use a licensed contractor. Our 11 Call for Action team sat down with the experts at the Pikes Peak Regional Building Department.

"Any time there's a hailstorm, we see an increase for applications for new contractor licenses. We also see an increase in unlicensed contractors coming through," said Rebecca Mulder, the communications supervisor for regional building. The first day after the storm, the department received more than 100 calls. "Our licensing department is already seeing a huge increase in call volume and inquiries.



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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 19:32:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Forecast: Return to the 80s coming soon in Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-return-to-the-80s-coming-soon-in-colorado-springs/article/1628041?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-return-to-the-80s-coming-soon-in-colorado-springs/article/1628041?custom_click=rss

Afternoon thunderstorms are forecast to hit Colorado Springs this week, followed by sunny skies, meteorologists say.

The National Weather Service in Pueblo predicted a high of 77 degrees Wednesday with a 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. The storm should clear by Wednesday night, with some lingering clouds.

Temperatures are expected to rise to a high of 84 degrees Thursday then 87 degrees Friday. The average temperature for this time of year is 81 degrees with record highs of 101 and 97 degrees for Thursday and Friday, respectively.

There is a 10 percent chance of thunderstorms after noon and before midnight Friday.



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Wed, 20 Jun 2018 10:49:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Tornado watch issued for Colorado Springs and El Paso County]]> http://gazette.com/tornado-watch-issued-for-colorado-springs-and-el-paso-county/article/1627968?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/tornado-watch-issued-for-colorado-springs-and-el-paso-county/article/1627968?custom_click=rss

Tuesday's predicted thunderstorms have escalated to a tornado watch.

The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch for Colorado Springs and El Paso County, and most of the eastern part of the state, until 7 p.m.

Eastern El Paso County is likely to see the worst of it, the service said, warning of hail up to two inches in diameter, wind gusts of 60 mph, lightning, heavy rain and "possibly a tornado." Thunderstorms are expected to diminish after midnight, it said.

The service has also issued a flash flood watch for a portion of northeast Colorado, where heavy rainfall is expected.



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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 17:05:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Looking for signs of global warming? They're all around you]]> http://gazette.com/looking-for-signs-of-global-warming-theyre-all-around-you/article/1628005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/looking-for-signs-of-global-warming-theyre-all-around-you/article/1628005?custom_click=rss

GOTHIC, Colo. — David Inouye is an accidental climate scientist.
More than 40 years ago, the University of Maryland biologist started studying when wildflowers, birds, bees and butterflies first appeared each spring on this mountain.

These days, plants and animals are arriving at Rocky Mountain Biological Lab a week or two earlier than they were 30 years ago. The robins that used to arrive in early April now show up in mid-March. Marmots end their winter slumber ever earlier.

"If the climate weren't changing, we wouldn't see these kind of changes happen," Inouye said while standing on a bed of wildflowers that are popping up on the first day of May as marmots snoop around nearby.



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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 15:10:46 -0600
<![CDATA[Sunday rainfall in Colorado Springs did little to combat wildfire risk or boost local water reserves]]> http://gazette.com/sunday-rainfall-in-colorado-springs-did-little-to-combat-wildfire-risk-or-boost-local-water-reserves/article/1627961?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sunday-rainfall-in-colorado-springs-did-little-to-combat-wildfire-risk-or-boost-local-water-reserves/article/1627961?custom_click=rss

Many Colorado Springs residents likely welcomed Sunday's cooling rain, but it didn't quell the region's ever-rising wildfire risk or boost Colorado Springs Utilities' water reserves.

The Colorado Springs Airport received about a quarter-inch of rain, while the Black Forest got up to an inch, as moisture arrived from Tropical Storm Bud, which hit California last week, said Bill Line, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

That same storm hit southwest Colorado over the weekend and helped to slow the 416 fire, which has been ravaging the Durango area since June 1.

But locally, the precipitation didn't stave off any wildfire risk because the region is so far behind on rainfall, Line said.



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Tue, 19 Jun 2018 09:29:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Global warming cooks up 'a different world' over 3 decades]]> http://gazette.com/global-warming-cooks-up-a-different-world-over-3-decades/article/1627939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/global-warming-cooks-up-a-different-world-over-3-decades/article/1627939?custom_click=rss

SALIDA, Colo.— We were warned.

On June 23, 1988, a sultry day in Washington, James Hansen told Congress and the world that global warming wasn't approaching — it had already arrived. The testimony of the top NASA scientist, said Rice University historian Douglas Brinkley, was "the opening salvo of the age of climate change."

Thirty years later, it's clear that Hansen and other doomsayers were right. But the change has been so sweeping that it is easy to lose sight of effects large and small — some obvious, others less conspicuous.

Earth is noticeably hotter, the weather stormier and more extreme. Polar regions have lost billions of tons of ice; sea levels have been raised by trillions of gallons of



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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 16:51:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Forecast: Monday looks to be sunny and dry before a stormy week]]> http://gazette.com/forecast-monday-looks-to-be-sunny-and-dry-before-a-stormy-week/article/1627912?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/forecast-monday-looks-to-be-sunny-and-dry-before-a-stormy-week/article/1627912?custom_click=rss

The work week in Colorado Springs kicks off with mostly sunny skies and a high of 80 degrees Monday, said the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Clouds will roll in Monday night with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms across the Pikes Peak region until midnight, meteorologists said. 

Temperatures will hold in the mid to upper 70's through most of the week before reaching a high of 85 degrees Friday, predict meteorologists. 

Sporadic thunderstorms are expected through the week.



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Mon, 18 Jun 2018 15:02:29 -0600
<![CDATA[Remnants of hurricane help crews in Colorado, Wyoming fires]]> http://gazette.com/remnants-of-hurricane-help-crews-in-colorado-wyoming-fires/article/1627887?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/remnants-of-hurricane-help-crews-in-colorado-wyoming-fires/article/1627887?custom_click=rss

DURANGO — A welcome dose of rain has helped in the battle against a wildfire that has blackened more than 50 square miles (129 square kilometers) and forced hundreds of evacuations in southwest Colorado.

The Durango Herald reported Sunday that the remnants of Hurricane Bud slowed the growth of the 416 Fire, which is 25 percent contained. Butch Knowlton, director of La Plata County Emergency Management, says the storm that tracked through the Pacific provided the perfect amount of rain in Colorado, helping firefighters increase containment without causing flooding in the burn scar.

The fire started June 1 about 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of Durango and at one point forced the evacuation of 2,200 homes,



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Sun, 17 Jun 2018 21:57:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs forecast: Chances of rain increase, potential for flooding during the week]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forecast-chances-of-rain-increase-potential-for-flooding-during-the-week/article/1627831?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forecast-chances-of-rain-increase-potential-for-flooding-during-the-week/article/1627831?custom_click=rss

Cooler temperatures will close out the weekend in Colorado Springs, meteorologists say.

Saturday’s high is expected to reach 84 degrees with a slight chance of thunderstorms in the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo. Wind gusts could reach 30 mph.

Sunday is predicted to be cooler with a high of 78 degrees forecast and a chance of thunderstorms after 9 a.m. Most of El Paso County is currently under a severe drought, but the weather service predicted a 50 percent chance of rain to close out the weekend.

Temperatures for the work week are anticipated to stay in the 70s. As chances of rain are higher for the week, the weather service is encouraging people to review flash flood safety



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Sat, 16 Jun 2018 14:41:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Flash floods possible Saturday in 416 fire near Durango]]> http://gazette.com/flash-floods-possible-saturday-in-416-fire-near-durango/article/1627794?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flash-floods-possible-saturday-in-416-fire-near-durango/article/1627794?custom_click=rss

There is a red flag warning in place Friday for the area north of Durango where the 416 fire has been burning for two weeks, but Saturday could bring almost the opposite conditions: Flash flooding.

There is a flash flood watch in place for the now-32,959-acre burn area starting at 9 a.m. Saturday that will last until midnight, according to a news release from the Rocky Mountain Incident Briefing Team.

If it remains cloudy, the fire will be less active. Rain is also possible for Friday afternoon.

Read more at 9news.com.



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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 16:06:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs forecast: Another warm day, better chances of rain on the way]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forecast-another-warm-day-better-chances-of-rain-on-the-way/article/1627769?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-forecast-another-warm-day-better-chances-of-rain-on-the-way/article/1627769?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs is likely headed to another sunny, warm and dry day.

The forecasted high is 91 degrees with only a 10 percent chance of precipitation after 5 p.m. according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Most of El Paso County continues to be in severe drought but better chances of rain will return next week, Gazette news partner KKTV reported.

National Weather Service in Pueblo warns that the predicted heavy rains early next week could bring flash floods to Southern Colorado.



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Fri, 15 Jun 2018 11:35:31 -0600