Sunday, October 09, 2005
Welcome to Colorado
Snowstorm's A Comin'
Yesterday, it was 80 degrees. I went to a friend's outdoor wedding reception near Castle Rock, nestled west of there in the hills, and wore open-toed shoes, and found myself wishing I'd at least worn a skirt, if not shorts, instead of my black pants, that Absorb The Sun.
Today it's cooler. I think we might have hit 50 degrees today. By midnight it will snow. They're expecting 4-11 inches of snow in the next 24 hours.
It's one of those weather places that makes you pay attention. If the temperature drops 30 degrees in 30 minutes and the mountains disappear, you'd better have a parka with you, 'cause a storms a-comin'.
I don't tire of watching the weather here, and believe me, it's like the ocean -- you don't turn your back on it. I've been on a mountain top in August when it was 94 down in Denver, only to see snow flurries fly. I've seen it sunshine and snow at the same time, creating a rainbow augmented by crystals falling out of the sky as the sun refracts light through the snow flakes. I've heard thunder and seen lightning at the same time it's snowed, and impressive "thundersnow" storm I didn't even know was possible.
Ah, Colorado. I do love it here.