Weather science

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Outside magazine profiles Purgatory Resort owner

Durangoans know James Coleman as the relatively new owner of Purgatory Resort and Hesperus Ski Area , but Outside magazine dubs him the “Ski King of the Southwest” in a profile in its online...

DATE: March 1, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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NASA snow study in Colorado to aid satellite development

NASA’s three-week field study of snow conditions in the Silverton and Grand Mesa areas ends Saturday, after which scientists will analyze the data in an effort to develop satellites to provide snow...

DATE: Feb. 22, 2017 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Climate study shows trouble for upper Dolores River basin

Fish habitat in the upper Dolores River basin is at risk from overall warmer weather and longer, more intense droughts, according to a long-term climate study recently released by Trout Unlimited....

DATE: Feb. 14, 2017 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Durango’s amateur weather guy grows an online following

Weather, for many, is an innocuous topic reserved for filling dead air. For Jeff Givens, it’s the subject of his favorite hobby and an underserved area of news in Southwest Colorado. To love...

DATE: Dec. 19, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Study: Big tornado outbreaks spawn more twisters

WASHINGTON – The most extreme tornado outbreaks are mysteriously spawning many more twisters than they did decades ago, a new study claimed. The once-every-five-years-or-so outbreak that might have...

DATE: Dec. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Nation & world

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New weather station fills gaps in Four Corners’ blind spot

Filling a gap in one of the nation’s largest weather forecasting blind spots, a new weather station installed at the Old Fort Lewis campus in southwestern La Plata County is now transmitting...

DATE: Nov. 16, 2016 | CATEGORY: Southwest life

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Snow makes Coal Bank, Molas passes slick

A cold front pushed its way into the region Friday, sending temperatures plunging and leading to icy conditions on mountain passes between Durango and Ouray. The snow started flying about 11:30...

DATE: Sept. 23, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Monsoons finally arrive, bring rain to Southwest Colorado

Monsoons finally arrived in Southwest Colorado this week after a couple of brief flirtations earlier this summer, promising more rain for a parched region. There were two weak monsoon surges from...

DATE: Aug. 1, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Unusual winter hampered Dolores River boating release

A sporadic 12-day boating release from McPhee Dam into the Dolores River in June was hampered by uncertain runoff forecasts after a late-season snowfall, reservoir managers said at community...

DATE: July 27, 2016 | CATEGORY: Good earth

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Where did the monsoon season go?

It’s hot, it’s dry, and the question on many a Southwest Coloradoan’s mind is: Where did monsoon season go? “What? Those three days around the Fourth of July weren’t enough?” joked Joe Ramey, a...

DATE: July 10, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Fort Lewis College professor to visit Greenland, Antarctica

Fort Lewis College associate professor Heidi Steltzer’s career has led to groundbreaking research, recognition as an outstanding teacher and a voice as an advocate for women in science. This year,...

DATE: June 25, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news

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Radar blind spot exposes Southwest Colorado to dangerous storms

Four Corners residents live in a National Weather Service blind spot that hides dangerous storm conditions and compromises water supply forecasts. “We can’t forecast what we can’t see, whether it’s...

DATE: June 4, 2016 | CATEGORY: Local news