Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Storm Has Passed

For the most part. It's still windy (30+MPH) and gusty (45MPH), and that's expected to continue through the night as the 'backside' of this low pressure system clips us as on it's way out as it moves to the Northeast.

Most of Western Nebraska is shut down, along with big sections of Eastern Colorado and Eastern Wyoming. The Dakotas are next to get clobbered, and all along the Eastern front of this massive low pressure (981mB) system tornadoes are popping up with big thunderstorms.

By now you've heard of the semi getting blown over and the train getting blown off the tracks. The guys on the Weather Channel are comparing this to a tropical storm, due to the very low barometric pressure, the level of the winds, and the amount of moisture it brought with it. I think it's a valid comparison, but had never considered it until I saw them chart similar storms that happen during the late Spring and through the Summer, and the similarities were striking.

1600 yesterday:

1600 today:

We didn't get nearly as much as was forecast, at least not in this part of town. I'd guesstimate maybe 3"~4" total. It started raining, then switched to sleet, then very fine sugar snow. By 1300~1400 it had changed to big flakes, and then tapered off and quit. The Cheyenne weather radar shows the system 'collapsing' and the 'eye' moving to the Northeast.

It left a little snowdrift at the back door:

Which Pebbles blasted right through when she finally decided to go outside at 1430, some 16 hours since her last pit stop.

So we pretty much skated through this one in this part of this city in this part of this county. Yes, I qualified that pretty tightly because while I have no doubts I could hop in the Jeep and get to pretty much anywhere in the city, I wouldn't leave the city for the next 36 hours or so unless absolutely necessary.

Pretty much everything East of here is shut down, and I saw some reports that the ranchers may need the Air National Guard to help them get feed out to their cattle. And it's calving time, and they're worried they're going to lose a lot of calves this Spring.

This is a very powerful storm covering about 8 states, and you just don't screw around with this weather unless you have to.

And as of 1815 I see they've declared "A State of Emergency" in Denver. Looks like all the freeways around and through the city are jammed with vehicles going absolutely nowhere. I heard some radio chatter on the scanner discussing it, and talking about what exits to use, and where people could stay.


  1. All my families have checked in, and all have managed to only get brushed by the fringe. S Dakota crew has had strong winds, not fun to be in or feed cattle in. Prayers Up that the cold & wind simmer down before they start calving.

    1. I heard the ranchers are asking the Air National Guard to helicopter feed out to their herds.

  2. My sister had to go to the pile up North of Wellington. Told me she was driving around and through 3' drifts in near whiteout conditions.

    1. I reset my scanner so I could listen to the snowplows, and one of them reported 6'~8' drifts on the 392 near the 1-25.

  3. We've had rain the last few days, then ONLY wind the last two, highest gusts were 60mph. But I think it was New Mexico that went through... sigh

    1. Are you near Amarillo, where that semi was blown-over? The train that blew over was in NM, but I didn't catch the city.

      Yeah, you had New Mexico blowing through, and we lost snow and soil to Nebraska.....

  4. The new Ice Age has arrived with a vengeance and all because it's hotter now, thanks to not paying enough tax. Well, as you reap...


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