Weather science

Forecasters call for drier-than-average monsoon

Southwest Colorado appears to be headed into a dry spell, and even the monsoon may be drier than average, according to the National Weather Service. There is a slight chance of thunderstorms with...

DATE: July 4, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowpack is 3,328% above average, but there’s a catch

Yes, Southwest Colorado’s snowpack is listed at 3,328% above historic averages for this time of year. But no, that doesn’t tell the whole story about the remaining snow high in the San Juan...

DATE: June 19, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Public can view radar from station on Missionary Ridge

Information from a temporary radar system north of Durango is now available to be viewed by the public. La Plata County officials released a public link to view the imagery, which can be accessed...

DATE: June 18, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Colorado’s drought is not over, experts say

Despite media reports and proclamations on social media in recent days, weather and climate experts say: Colorado’s drought is not over. The U.S. Drought Monitor on Thursday released its weekly...

DATE: May 29, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Focus groups to consider how river data is presented

Volunteers are wanted to participate in two focus groups next week in Durango that are aimed at improving how National Weather Service websites present data on current river conditions and...

DATE: April 1, 2019 | CATEGORY: Local News

Snowstorms split, miss Durango

Two winter storms expected to slam into Durango in the past few days split and puttered through the region, a weather pattern that could repeat for a storm later this week. The past two storm...

DATE: Dec. 26, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

El Niño could bring drought relief to Southwest

OKLAHOMA CITY – Climatologists said Wednesday that conditions are right for an El Nino weather pattern to develop that could bring wetter-than-normal conditions this winter in drought-stricken...

DATE: Oct. 24, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Rain-on-snow flood risk expected to increase in West

Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in the West and Canada, according to a study by University of Colorado-Boulder and the National Center...

DATE: Aug. 10, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Desert dust causes early snowmelt and water loss

RED MOUNTAIN PASS – The snowpack of the San Juan Mountains face an increasingly alarming problem that may further vex water issues in the West: dust. As more demands are placed on water, more...

DATE: May 12, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

A flurry of research illuminates snow’s foes

Depending on where in the West you are, this winter was either a winner or a big bust: Montana, for example, is swathed in snow while parts of the Southwest are dismally bare. As of late March, the...

DATE: April 22, 2018 | CATEGORY: Regional News

Freeze warning is in effect at midnight in Montezuma County

A freeze warning is in effect from midnight until 9 a.m. Wednesday for much of Western Colorado, from Mancos and Cortez to Gateway, according to the National Weather Service. Locations include...

DATE: April 17, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

Historic lows recorded on the Animas River

The Animas River has been setting records this week, but not the kind of records you want to see for the waterway that cuts through the heart of Durango. According to a U.S. Geological Survey gauge...

DATE: March 8, 2018 | CATEGORY: Local News

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