2012-06-08: Delta County Firefighters respond to a fast moving wildfire in Surface Creek, north of Cedaredge. A young boy on an ATV was burned attempting to warn neighbors, one building was destroyed, between 25 and 50 acres burned in a narrow strip over 1.5 miles long.
2012-05-31: @SmythBoone sees, "Two Golden Eagle babes perched on the edge of Jumbo Mountain."
2012-06-20: Residents in Paonia look to Mount Lamborn every year to gauge whether there will be enough irrigation water in the summer. But with a winter that never came and the earliest, driest spring on record, residents are preparing for drought.
2012-03-23: Man injured in ag burn that went out of control on Redlands Mesa, with burns to face and hands, heat exhaustion. Jay RAWS weather station reported (historical) 73 deg, 11% RH, 21 MPH gusts, at the approximate time of the fire, the weather conditions at the fire site were likely more extreme.
2012-04-05: @Maria Hodkins keeps an eye out for dandelions in her Paonia backyard. Check out her sketch and photos - this year's blooms came two and half weeks early!
2012-05-05: Busy days at the Farm and Home ahead of Mother's Day aka "Husbands day to help in the garden"
2012-05-07: @EmilyHartnett says, "I have been seeing mosquitos around for at least 3 weeks now... seems very early. also seems like a lot of flies at my place already."
2012-04-29: @DougFritz and the Hotchkiss Fire Protection District take on a run of the mill uncontrolled control burn, but April is off the charts dry and dangerous.
2012-05-09: @RitaClaggett says, "I captured what looked like a double bee swarm (two queens) and moved it to my yard.
2012-05-18: @JeffSchwartz says, "Lake Delicious Sunrise irrigating... Always a pleasure!"
2012-05-24: @DonLareu says, "Flowers are coming a month to a couple weeks earlier this year!"
2012-05-27: Local farmers in the North Fork Valley are recovering from the hard freeze that took many by surprise Memorial Day weekend. iSeeChange takes a look at how people made out and at the science behind those last frost dates.
2012-05-27: @AlisonGannett says, "I planted corn a month early, but we still got that classic memorial day frost. This may be the hardest part of climate change."
2012-05-27: 5-27-12 Got down to 30 degrees last night. Fruit trees look touched as well as lettuce(?) Expected to be near freezing again tonight. I have notes about high winds lasting several days in 2011 and 2012.
2012-05-31: @JeffSchwartz says, "Cherries are ripening fast! We expect to start picking cherries around June 10th. Call the store for more details."
2012-04-29: @Rob Miller "planting second round of greens,Arugula and cilantro tomorrow. Prepped beds today."
2012-04-30: @Lake City Silver World says,"Green aspen in April is virtually unknown, the historic and traditional date for aspen leaves being May 14th."
2012-04-23: @BillyBarr says, "Today is the earliest "bare ground" in Gothic date in the past 40 years. It is currently 64 degrees and sunny, and Billy is very happy."
2012-04-12: @MichelleNijhuis sees, "Kiddo (and propane heater) in the Fresh and Wyld greenhouses."
2012-04-08: Rivers are rising and reservoirs are filling--the spring runoff is well underway. And it’s happening much earlier than usual. Warm temperatures are the main culprit, but there’s another factor causing snowpack to melt faster… Dust on Snow
2012-05-05: Beautiful day in the Gunnison Gorge, though we were icicles by the time we made it to Delta. First paddle of the year!
2012-04-06: @JeffSchwartz lights bonfires beneath his early blossoming cherry trees to keep temperatures from dipping below 28 degrees last night.
2012-03-25: @MichelleNijhuis says, "Pollen allergies are kicking in a whole week early - ugh!"
2012-04-15: 4-15-12 Snow! Wrapped the fruit trees since they started to open their buds on April 5.
2012-04-20: @ScottHorner says the lilacs are about to bloom so it's time to plant potatoes!
2012-04-08: 4-10-12 Garden early April. Row covers over the broccoli, cabbage, kales and other early crops.
2012-04-01: 4-2-12 No real water yet. Ground is dry, only a mist of rain today. Notes from 2011- snowed 4-9 &10
2012-04-08: 4-15-12 Woke up to 1+ inches of wet snow, similar to last year. Notes from 2011- a dusting of snow in the morning 26 degrees tonight.
2012-04-22: 4-28-12 The last two nights have been close to freezing. Days have been in the 60's but feel cool. Notes from 2011- rain for three days temps 40-60's
2012-04-29: May Day 5-1-12 Ordered ladybugs to deal with the aphids. Last year I had no problem with them in the greenhouse at this point.
2012-05-20: 5-26-12 Elderberries flowering. June bearing strawberries coming in strong (May bearing strawberries?)
2012-05-13: 5-19-12 First planting outside, soybeans and some green beans. A week earlier than 2011, it was too wet and cool.
2012-05-06: 5-11-12 Rain showers afternoon and evening. Notes from two years ago say it was still snowing.
2012-05-06: 5-5-12 the first day I noticed hummingbirds in my yard and grasshoppers in the greenhouse.
2012-05-06: 5-8-12 It has not gone below freezing for the last two weeks. The cold weather crops (broccoli,cabbage,Brussels, etc) that I started a week to two weeks earlier than last year are well timed to plant out this year. I wouldn't risk tomatoes, it's bound to freeze.
2012-09-21: @DallasHarding says we usually get our first snow storm around Equinox time. But snow doesn't pile up the way it used to.
2012-09-17: 9-17-12 first snow on Gunnison and surrounding peaks. Nights of 45 degrees.
2012-09-17: What an amazing fruit year! This is one of Kerry Noonan's famous Granny Opel's Apple Pies.
2012-07-23: The Bear family (people) awoke this morning to find a bear (animal) in their yard.
2012-07-31: @LanceSwiggart says the robins in his yard decided to make two nests this season
2012-07-07: After months of praying for rain, the summer monsoons arrived with a GULLYWASHER! It rained out weekend Cherry Days festivities and there was a flashflood on Minnesota Creek.
2012-07-07: 7-9-12 Flash flood happens July 4th weekend down Minnesoda Creek. This is the bridge over the creek on Pan American Avenue.
2012-08-15: Eyes on Stucker Mesa, @RegnaJones says, "Beautiful smoky wildfire haze morning."
2012-08-19: @CarterKeegan saw this in his kitchen window : "Evening grosbeaks feeding their young". Keegan grew up seeing them here in the WINTER.. He says he's never seen them here in the SUMMER, breeding. We're also hearing people are spotting them 'dazed and confused.'"
2012-08-19: Summer's starting to sigh and leaves are starting to change, photo by @DarcieRose
2012-08-22: @SkipNaft says, "My Mom has been living at her current residence in Basalt for just over twenty years. She lives in Elk Run which is a subdivision in town. This summer she has been seeing bears. We have never seen them there before. The other night she had to call the police to help her inside since there were three in her front yard! Patty and I also saw one right below the Paonia dam on Hwy 133."
2012-08-21: @GregCranson@AndrewCranson have reason to celebrate: another cutting of hay!
2012-08-21: "Lost stairway at low water, North Fork of the Gunnison" by @Craig Childs.
2012-08-22: @EmilyHartnett says, "this spring and early summer there were soooo many ladybugs at my place, i have never seen so many ladybugs. just everywhere you looked, there would be a ladybug. i have not seen 1 ladybug in about a month and my kale and other brassicas are loaded with aphids, just totally covered. sigh."
2012-08-25: @CraigChilds sees, "Needlerock in fog after an all-night rain, life breathes back into this dry summer."
2012-07-31: @SteveEla says, "An early fruit season on the farm and we are rapidly ramping up with peaches, tomatoes and plums all coming off the trees ( and vines) now. "
2012-07-31: @AmberKleinman, "Saw a weasel in my yard near Apple Valley Park, for the first time ever. Very Cute!
2012-09-04: @MaryJursinovic says,"In the 12 years we have owned our property on Bone Mesa, the only other time the pond has gone down was when it was drained to repair the dam. It has been low all summer, but now is draining to a trickle. We need SNOW this winter!"
2012-08-27: @DarcieRose found this paw print in the Fire Mountain Canal. Drought in the high country has made for some very hungry bears across the Western Slope this year.
2012-09-21: @HotchkissFireProtectionDistrict says, "This is a photo from the Space Station crew of the Mustang Complex fire in Idaho, now at nearly 300,000 acres on this "one" fire and almost as large as all the fires in Colorado this year combined.
2012-08-02: Tons of peaches on my little tree, easily four times last year's yield. All the fruit trees have outdone themselves this year, and the almond, too.
2012-06-28: While HFD's Engine 4 and crew are in route to the Pine Ridge Fire near De Beque, a lightning storm starts a small fire on the south slope of Oak Mesa, above Hotchkiss.
2012-12-04: warm november and early december. 60 degree days. so nice! low moisture though... i felt like plants were very dry still...
2012-12-19: The Conservation Center staff having fun in the fresh snow down at the Paonia River Park. The North Fork hasn't frozen over yet.
2012-12-02: "Noon on Dec. 2: 65 degrees here in Niwot, and a dangerous wildfire burns in Rocky Mountain National Park, forcing evacuations in Estes Park," says@Tom Yulsman from the Front Range.
2012-12-02: The weather was still gloriously mild in the Gunnison Gorge. Pete and I had a fantastic run up the canyon from Gunnison Forks.
2012-12-01: On the evening of Friday the 30th of November, I met two nice fellows who had just enjoyed a ride from Crested Butte to Paonia, via Black Canyon road (Hwy 92). The road was dry and the weather fair. Nice for them, but unusual as far as I know to be able to ride Black Canyon road at that time of year. We had a sunny fall ride the next day while they enjoyed visiting sunny Paonia. Didn't even have to put on warm clothes.
2012-11-18: a buck leads his harem to the south fence; momentarily distracted from his snoofing he watches me until the dogs notice him.
2012-09-26: @ThunderMountainLodge says,"Been snowing all afternoon at Roscoe's. Start getting your sleds ready, winter is just about here!!"
2012-10-23: @Mindy Bell says, " I have flowers blooming on my walk and the Russian Olives have flower buds on them along the creek."
2012-10-04: @CathyEdwards says, "This is on the west side of McCLure Pass (hwy133) heading east over the pass on Oct. 1. T'was a gorgeous day spent on part of the West Elk Loop scenic byway. :-)"
2012-10-11: @Amy DeLuca says, "Millions of Box Elder bugs have invaded our land...inside & out!! We had some last year but nothing like this!"
2012-09-25: @RitaClagett says, "Yesterday i thought i saw snow on Mendicant Ridge, but by the time i got next door i figured it must have been my imagination. not today!"
2012-10-13: @Darcie Rose sees all the flowers are gone after this week's hard freeze.
2012-10-06: @AmberKleinman's journal says the hard freeze in town happened in the exact same day last year!
2012-10-10: @Christy Zarley Eller says, "This ivy at "Elsewhere Studios" means it's fall in Paonia to me."
2012-09-23: Lunch break from fall gardening: fresh tomato sandwich from a patio pot; late September seems late for tomatoes up here at 6800'.
2012-10-16: @GradyHarper and @KenCowan see Indian Summer lilacs in Grand Junction. Ken, 60, says he's never seen them rebloom like this before in the Grand Valley.
2012-11-13: my flicker wakes me each morning clattering from the roof, lands on the railing and looks in, looks out at the day, flies away.
2012-11-18: @PeteKolbenschlag has a Thanksgiving Bachelor Button blossoming in his yard.
2012-11-21: @Amber Kleinman says, "I was surprised to see grasshoppers still alive and hopping around my garden today."
2012-11-10: Rita Clagett's View from Mirador, 8 a.m. Fruitland Mesa: Needle Rock is on the horizon just right of center, veiled in fog. misty snow since dawn followed night rain.
2012-10-25: @AliLightfoot says, "iseewinter!" First traces of snow on Mount Lamborn.
2012-11-29: @EmilyHartnett says, "My perennials died back when it got cold a few weeks ago, but now they are starting to come back, as if it's springtime. Comfrey, yarrow, sage, thyme, lemonbalm and dandelions are showing signs of new "spring" growth. oh yeah, and i got bit a mosquito a few days ago...
2012-12-01: @Smythe Boone says, ""December 1st, 63 degrees, and a lovely extended bike season!"
2012-11-25: Nelly Higginbotham says, "Dec 1 - still have crickets, elm bugs and flies roaming my house alive. Saw a mosquito and a bumble bee outside today."
2012-11-30: Grand Junction National Weather Service: THIS AFTERNOON REACHED 58 DEGREES AND BREAKS THE OLD RECORD HIGH FOR NOVEMBER 30, OF 57 DEGREES LAST SET IN 1970.
2012-12-05: The view from Aspen: Lack of snow forces Aspen/Snowmass to delay the opening of Aspen Highlands. SkiCo says the mountain needs eight inches of new snow to get the lifts running. It was scheduled to open this Saturday.
2012-12-02: Still waiting around for it to snow? Maybe it's time for a snow dance! The Avalanche Center says to "BRING IT ON!" What do you think?
2012-12-09: Austin Mathews says, "Bone Mesa remains bone dry with .2 inches which melted down to .02 inches. Talking to friends it sounds like there's about 8 inches in the upper Roaring Fork Valley and even more at higher elevations. Hopefully we keep getting more over the next few weeks."
2012-12-19: Grand Mesa Mike says, "Time to dig out. :) We have had 32" of snow in the last 5 days! 49" in the last 10 days. Hwy 65 is still closed for avalanche control. Should reopen this afternoon. NOAA says we will be getting another 3-5" today."
2012-10-05: a lightning strike from the night before ignited a 5 acre fire on BLM land in an area previous treated with a hydro-axe, causing Hotchkiss Firefighters a big problem. With help from Paonia Fire and Crawford Fire, as well as 7 drops from air tankers, the fire was contained before threatening homes.
2012-10-05: The last Red Flag Warning of 2012 in our area . Over 80 lightning strikes on Redlands Mesa, Leroux Creek, Oak Mesa, and lands north of Hotchkiss the night before caused several fires to grow in these Red Flag conditions.
2012-12-02: Tom Yulsman says, "Colorado snowpack is 38 percent of average for this time of year. And to get back to normal, it'll have to be nearly 120 percent of normal from here on out."
2012-12-05: Nelly Higgenbottom saw this mosquito on her window and it freaked her out.
2012-12-02: Amber Kleinman and friends are still mountain biking. Perfect temperature and the trails are in great shape.
2012-12-08: Hotchkiss Fire District's last wildfire of 2012, on Redlands Mesa. http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151264576628070&set=a.122069323069.102924.72335213069&type=1&relevant_count=1
2012-10-04: This spider built its web in our house above our stove! We had many spiders of various sizes in our house this growing season.
2012-11-24: We were harvesting lots of Kale and Chard at Rain Crow Farm in late November!
2013-03-18: Went on a field trip today to the MSU dairy farm and the organic farm. It was about 39 with cloud cover...and as always on our Tuesday field trips - it snowed. With the considerable amount of pines in my yard and the neighbor's yards, the snow cover and ice still have a hold. I was hoping to get a start on the tilling of my garden, but it looks like at least a couple of weeks out.
2013-03-16: Started seeing the return of my turkey buzzards. Two years ago there was two that nested in my back yard, last year there were six across the way in the neighbors yard, and as my video shows, there are 12 that are in the pines in my back yard. Sand Hill Cranes, Sand Pipers, and one fly- have showed their faces. Portions of my yard are still frozen, but the thaw is here. Had (I hope) our last light snow of the season last week and hopefully the over-night temperatures of teens are gone this week.
2013-01-22: Pat Polson says the worst part about the drought of 2012 was the hot dry winds, not the lack of water. NASA's Ben Cook came over to answer to answer her questions.
2013-03-14: Berkeley weather sometimes can be crazy. Although you check the weather and it said it's sunny or it's going to rain, you cannot really predict it. Today it's said high is 69 fahrenheit. It was really cold in the morning and little sunlight during the day and so cold again at night. Throughout this week, I feel that the weather cannot really decided whether to be cold or to be hot? They just cannot decided!!!!
2013-03-16: More sights and sounds of spring. On 3/13, I heard a couple "creaks" from a leopard frog. They seem to respond more to the weather than the calendar. Also saw a couple of unidentified small, orange butterflies. Our native golden currant leaf buds are swelled up. This is about the same time as the past couple of years.
2013-03-17: Just planted my peas and spinach. Would've planted all my cold greens, onions and potatoes too, but the beds aren't ready yet. Waiting for seed starter soil to get my starts going under lights. Cut back perennials & readied some flower and veggie beds... more to do.
2013-03-17: The mosquitoes are already biting! Tonight, my son found 3 bites on his leg!
2013-03-17: Last Thursday we saw a heard of elk at the Paonia River Park! Definitely a first for us!
2013-03-12: Getting nervous about a potential high of 75 by Thursday... really? That's crazy! Feels nice, but we still need our wet spring snows. Can't believe I'm going through my seeds for planting.... I feel like I just took a break. Overall, this winter was fast, though I still have "cabin fever"!
2013-03-11: Been noticing more of these semis with big bales of corn stalks on the road. Judd Rodman is on his way to Silt with a load. Says he has bailing these since the '90s and the market for this alternative cattle fodder is way up since the price of hay is that way too.
2013-03-11: Our front-yard maple tree is beginning to bloom & is attracting lots of bees today. Sunny, low 50s.
2013-03-03: March 4, 2013 Daffodils and hyacinths are just starting to poke up. At least I *think* hyacinths are coming up. Hard to tell which is which when they're 1/4" high. This is later than the last 3 springs. I haven't seen crocuses up yet but they have bloomed as early as 2/28/11 and 3/5/12. Also, my silver mound plant is showing new growth.
2013-03-06: Yesterday I enjoyed a day at Orvis Hot Springs, there's a hill side with mint that usually in these cold months has little to none. Yesterday it was full of delicious herb. I enjoyed cup after cup of mint and water.
2013-03-07: Plenty of ice still under the snow...but snow is shrinking and the days are getting longer.
2013-03-03: Elm, Juniper & Maple already at strong medium pollen levels! Measurable pollen started showing up almost two weeks ago...
2013-02-27: Okay...At the moment, i understand better how' s going things... One week's ago, it did hot, good... Theses days on, a polar wheater for the south of France. A later winter( February-April), a earlier summer, longer(May- October).
2013-02-27: The birds at my feeders have been voracious consumers of seed this past month. I just bought another 50 lb. bag of birdseed today to keep up with their appetites. Alas, it has brought on consequences I didn't anticipate. I just watched a kestral divebomb a red-winged blackbird on the ground under my feeder . It completed the kill just outside my picture window in a matter of seconds with its talons. Then it took off hauling the blackbird as though it literally weighed a feather!
2013-02-20: Remembering last spring and how quickly the soil lost its moisture, and me, beating up the dry earth with a tiller while wearing a dust mask, I decided never to till again, got a better turning fork and began paying homage to the goddess of mulch.
2013-02-20: Lots of bluebirds on Lamborn Mesa, snow has almost melted out in our yard. Snow, snow, snow???
2013-02-20: February ditch above Paonia, in some places dry with ice, in other places a skim still flowing.
2013-02-19: I was wondering why I've had allergic-type sneezing.... Juniper pollen, though still low, is already floating in the air, several weeks earlier than "usual" - ugh!
2013-02-20: The skunks are out...they are scattered along 133...and one stinky one had the dogs going last night...the coyotes were out as well....I was hoping the coyotes would thin the skunk population a little...so, Garvin Mesa folks our local predators are awake and hungry....My grandson, a future Entomologist... said it so eloquently..."I can't wait until the bugs come back"...
2013-02-18: Sunny, dry, mild, and warm. Great for early road biking. These turkeys were running around Minnesota Creek
2013-02-19: Already finding tiny ticks on my horses. It's something that happens every spring. Might be a little early this year. Days have been above freezing in Crawford, but nights are still in the single digits.
2013-02-17: The weather is actually what it have to be: cold, iced. January and February were snowy. Normal weather this winter. First time since a couple of years (may be ten) I would like to say.
2013-02-18: Marseilles, South of France, second biggest city. A quiet wind, a cloudy sky... It seems it does hotest as actually, but nothing's sure.
2013-02-06: With her irrigation water out in June and hay prices skyrocketing, Marla Bear Bishop decided to sell her favorite cows, Flora and Bertha. Neither has produced a calf in years, and though she loves them like pets and vowed never to sell them, this year's hay prices made it impossible to keep them.
2013-02-16: Sunny afternoon February 16, 2013, cleaning up motorhome and a bumble bee came by to investigate. It was sunny out, the bee decided nothing interesting here and left. The temp was probably mid 40's. Still snow on the ground, no flowers or trees blooming.
2013-02-10: Mud season...the time between Winter and Spring...We seem to be low on mud this year...
2013-02-16: Hotchkiss Firefighters respond to their first grass fire of the year, when stove ashes dumped an 1.5 hours earlier ignite grass, which burns away from the house, then back towards the house with tall flames. About an acre of grass was burned, along with siding on one part of the house. Jay Weather station, a few miles north of the home registered about 20% RH with 10 MPH winds at the time of the fire. Local readings were likely a bit worse; neighbors tried to hold the flames away with fire extingishers until the fire engines arrived.
2013-02-14: Still snowing. 12 degrees. Locals say, usual year total of 12 inches of snow. Two years ago to the day, green grass
2013-02-15: More and more eggs everyday from my laying hens. Gotta start selling them again! Yesterday I got 24 eggs from about 45 layers. My chickens do not eat soy or corn. They started increasing production after winter solstice, when the light started to increase. But the last week or so they have really been laying well! This has been a recurring pattern on my farm since I started raising laying hens 5 years ago. Once the days start to get longer, the eggs come pouring in!
2013-02-14: Woke up to clouds on Garvin Mesa. Throughout the day we saw snow flurries and sun peaking through. With the strange and changing weather, the goats, once again, were acting pretty "full of it." Young does were challenging the herd queen (this very rarely happens) and all the goats were running around and jumping like they were kids again. All this activity with big pregnant bellies. It was sweet to see.
2013-02-07: Feb 7: Dug parsnips still in the ground. Most years by now at least 3-4 inches of the soil is frozen under my approximate 2" straw mulch, but this year the soil was barely frozen.
2013-02-07: I also planted my parsnip seed, which is best planted in early winter "after all danger of NOT FROST" so they don't germinate without going through freezing. November and December were too warm to plant the seed and then winter hit so suddenly I couldn't get under the snow until now.
2013-02-07: My photos from Garvin Mesa depends on clean air...Our air quality has changed for the worse over the forty years I have lived here...and I don't hold much hope for a reversal soon...
2013-02-12: A new low for morning eggs, only 5. Usually we get 12-17. Chickens are molting.
2013-02-08: Hoping for snow. Snow = water = grass = sheep = tasty meat and comforting wool
2013-02-08: i haven't seen this much bare ground on garvin mesa since mid december. mornings are mild and there is a different energy to the air... smells like spring is coming. the increase in daylight is noticeable at chore time (dawn and dusk). my laying hens are laying more and more eggs everyday with the increasing daylight and warmer temps. my pregnant dairy goats are looking wider everyday. hopefully some precipitation is coming the next few days... today is a good day to get things done outside... sunny and warm
2013-02-08: 2/9/13 Last year my crocuses were coming up on 3 Feb. but I don’t see any yet this year. Does anyone else? Four years ago, we created a wetlands where it was already soggy on our property. Late last summer, it dried up. I was sorry to see the water disappear but a friend in North Dakota said it’s actually good for a wetland to go through wet-dry cycles because it improves its viability for food for ducks and water birds the following year. That’s the reason the Prairie Pothole Region and Northern Great Plains are so productive for ducks--the wet-dry cycles. When the wetlands stay full for too long, it reduces food value for ducks. Now, if only we get enough water for the dabbling ducks to dabble in this spring.
2013-02-08: Its 52 degrees and the bees are flying. They are as anxious to get out of the house as we are.
2013-02-07: Jay RAWS Data for Jan. 2013 (actually from Jan. 8th, 2013 to Feb. 7) The Jay RAWS station, north of Hotchkiss near Jay Creek is well-suited to provide an weather conditions for much of the area, and particularly geared to monitor fire weather conditions for most of the south- facing aspects in the North Fork and Surface Creek.
2013-02-03: Colorado's "Forever" fire Season continued Sunday, this time in Conifer. Unbelievable to have this going on in early Feb. at that elevation. The Front Range and plains have had almost daily brush fires for weeks.
2013-02-03: If it is true that there is an early spring, I will plant cold crops a week or two earlier. Kale, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts would all like a long cool spring. The problem is the freeze dates have been the same if not later. We don't have the benefit of getting tomatoes in early.
2013-02-03: Temperature change from 19F to 71 F in Baltimore, MD. Hellebores and pansies blooming. Cardinals very scarce.
2013-02-01: Chicken food up 50%. High corn prices and difficulty in sourcing non-GMO soybean meal are probably to blame. The dark underbelly of ethanol production. Eggs are still cheap for the food value though.
2013-01-27: almost continuous fog and intermittent light rain throughout the Paonia area for a couple days
2013-01-29: A little piñon tree on my path well traveled seems to be bearing a lot more pine cones this year than its usual amount. Why would this be happening during such dry times?
2013-01-29: I remember when Denver would get little afternoon rains...not any more. I remember schnook winds. Now they are fierce wind storms. Last year there was fungus in my soil..better this year. Sure feels a lot more humid than ever before. That's never happened. My trees still suffer from drought, & wilt mid-summer. When we go to Divide, Colorado, on our land, I notice more animals coming in closer for food - never happened like this in 20 years.
2013-01-27: I'm celebrating this moisture -- rain or snow, I'll take it. Did you see how much rain Phoenix, AZ got? That rich moist airmass moving in over the very cold ground in W. Colorado definitely contributed to the fog formation. More precipitation headed your way now. I'm greatly encouraged by this temporary change in the weather pattern since we've got a lot of catching up to do.
2013-01-26: Photo shows San Juan Mountains southwest of Ridgway from near Burn Hut (approx. 10,000 ft elevation) on January 27, 2013. We enjoyed about one foot of snow while in there on the 26th.
2013-01-27: Huge cloud wall as wide as the horizon hanging above the Uncompahgre Plateau just before sunset today.
2013-01-27: Very unusual fog. I've lived here several years and I've never seen it stick around like this. I saw it all over the valley.
2013-01-27: The rain has made large patches of grass visible at our house. Lots of fog. Glad there's moisture!
2013-01-26: a cloud settles over paonia... p hill sticks up above the cloud. temps around 36, lots of rain!
2013-01-27: We made bird feeders this summer and the birds never touched them. They've sat in the tree for 6 months, uneaten. I went outside this morning to find about 15 birds in the tree, eating the birdseed.
2013-01-27: The rain has reduced the powder stash in my yard by half. I can see the snowfall line above us- maybe 7,000 ft. Here, the the icicles melt into rain puddles.
2013-01-25: fog on garvin mesa... we are living in a mild, moist cloud! it feels really nice, but odd for this time of year... actually, seems odd for any time of year here. temperatures at night above freezing. however it wants to come, i am grateful for the moisture!
2013-01-24: my goats were acting very feisty this morning... they respond to the change in weather... the storm is moving in.
2013-01-27: 40 degrees at 7 p.m. in Hotchkiss again and the snow is going fast under the assualt of rain and above freezing temps. Water is standing on still frozen ground but there is shallow mud as well. I was dressed way too warmly for my four mile run up the old Cemetery road onto Rogers Mesa. The Hotchkiss calfs were all bunched together on high ground to avoid swampy conditions.
2013-01-26: We celebrated my son's 10th birthday today. We've been in the Valley for almost every one of his birthdays. It has usually been snowing when we are having the party. This year it was raining, all day! Instead of children tromping through snow to break open the pinata, they were dogging puddles.
2013-01-26: Raining in January. Has happened before in recent years, but just doesn't feel right. Hope it changes to snow overnight.
2013-01-26: The second day of rain in Hotchkiss. Unusual for late January comig as it did after about 4 weeks of sub zero nightime lows. Low this morning at 7 p.m. was 40 degrees F.
2013-01-16: even on super cold days the ranchers have to get the cows where they have to get them. brrr! seven degrees on the road this morning between crawford and hotchkiss.
2013-01-14: Looking down on winter-bare orchards outside Paonia from a 1946 two-passenger Cessna.
2013-01-16: A Northern Pygmy-Owl just caught and ate a sparrow near my feeder in Poania! This is the 2nd time this winter this owl species has been seen in my yard.
2013-01-13: 1-15-13 I hope that was the coldest night of the year last night. It was -10 degrees at 2:30am at my house. Now the forecast is calling for near 40 degrees in two days.
2013-01-14: Though winter was slow in coming this year, once it arrived, it has been consistently bitter cold for a longer duration than I ever remember. I can usually did my winter carrots out of the ground w/o a pick-axe!
2013-01-14: Super cold temps at our backcountry hut located on a 15 acre inholding above Lake City Colorado. With only a couple of inches of snow on the driveway the snowmobile is taking a beating on exposed rocks. Will be purchasing a used Polaris Ranger 4x4 UTV to haul gear and visitors from the parking lot at 9,000 feet to the hut at 10,168 feet. No need to beat up the snowmobile if there isn't snow (though we are still praying!)
2013-01-11: When it's cold outside, how better than to warm up with friends on the dance floor?!
2013-01-13: Cloudy and cold today; first time, despite the low temperatures, that I've had to rekindle the fire. My home is mostly warmed by passive solar heat, so when the sun is shining, even if it's cold outside, my house is warm...go away clouds!
2013-01-13: Climatologist@JoeRamey says, "Another interesting weather day in boring old Western Colorado under a positively tilted very cold trough stretched from Hundson Bay to San Diego. This is one of the coldest winter storms I can remember with 500mb temperatures near -38C. http://weather.rap.ucar.edu/upper/gjt.gif Here in GJT it dropped to -7F overnight. Then the clouds came in. It is snowing now, very fine little crystals with a few tenths of fine snow on the driveway that I will be able to remove with a broom. Temperature has risen to a balmy +5F which makes me worry less for our feral cat, Undude. I can see him cuddled in our home made insulated shelter."
2013-01-11: @Zephros Farm and Garden says, "It's that time of year when you start to think that you can grow everything and anything this year! Knee deep in seed catalogs!"
2013-01-12: Marla Bear Bishop says, "First winter in a dozen years that I'm struggling to feed the hay eaters. So sorry for those who have had to part with business livestock and pets. Water and weather. We're at your mercy. "
2013-01-10: "Beautiful sunrise. More snow on the way starting tonight," says Mike at the Grand Mesa Lodge.
2013-01-05: "Peter is skinning across a normally well covered traverse at 11,800 ft on the edge of the Handes/Redcloud Wilderness Study Area. Kale Casey says, "I've only skied this area for five winters but for Jan 5th this image speaks for the areas that are not as favored in the 77% of normal Colorado snow pack. "
2013-01-11: Climatologist and Nordic Ski addict, Joe Ramy, says, "I love winter storms, except when I have to work them." The SW San Juans were the winners with this storm with a foot or more of new and big winds. The Grand Mesa Nordic trails only got 2-4 inches.
2012-12-21: Found these five ladies huddling upstairs right before the iSeeChange trailer premiere at Dark Night- glad we broke on through to the other side! Happy Solstice Maya Baktun!
2012-12-23: Billy Barr says, " Yuck. For the 3rd winter in a row (and only 3rd winter ever here) my waterline froze- so now it is hauling water for the next 5 months" In response, Billy Barr skied into Sylvanite Basin.
2013-01-10: Traffic jam on First Street in Hotchkiss in front of Don Foster's house. I saw a lot of hay on the move early this week too.
2013-01-05: Beautiful powder for backcountry Nordic skiing at 11,000 feet on the edge of the Handes/Redcloud Wilderness Study Area. But just nearby on Red Mountain Pass, Backcountry travelers triggered several avalanches over the weekend.