Monday, April 27, 2009

Snow For Some, Tornadoes For Others

Good morning from snowy Denver, Colorado!

I have a fresh half-foot of heavy, wet snow on the ground.

Thank GOD the pavement is warm so I really don't have to do any serious shoveling.

East of here residents from northeast Iowa to central Texas dodged strong to severe thunderstorms all weekend.

Some even saw tornadoes with a lot of damage in and around locations like Kansas City, MO, Wichita, KS, and Enid, OK.

One man lost his life in Kansas after being hit by lightning while driving his motorcycle.

Along with the storms we have seen some extremely heavy rainfall. A few places have seen totals reach the 4-8 inch range.

More storms are possible today in the southern plains.

An active weather week lies ahead as more storm systems move across the country.

The April heat wave on the east coast delivered a hot but nice weekend to the big cities of the northeast with widespread 80s and 90s.

My trip to Glenwood Springs was amazing!

The picture below is the hot springs pool, fed by a natural hot spring. The temperature of the water is around 90 degrees, and in the therapy pool, it is 104 degrees!



On Saturday it was sunny and warm with a high in the 60s. But while we were night swimming, it was in the 30s with a rain/sleet/snow mix falling.

It was cool because the water is so warm, it was like swimming in a fog with all the steam rising off the water.

But when you got out of the pool to run to the locker room, WHEW!!!! Was it ever cold!!

We then took the tram up to Glenwood Caverns and spent 90 minutes exploring caves. At one point we were 150 feet below the ground when I took the picture below.



The cave was humid, cool and sometimes even gave you a kiss! (that is when a water drop hits your head -- it is supposed to mean good luck!)

I snapped this picture of Glenwood Springs from the entry to the caves. It is about 2,000 feet above the valley floor.



Well looking outside another snow band has moved in -- I better get going to work!

Have a great day!

5 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing, Chris! That is definitely a place I need to add on my list. Sounds like a place my wife would love.

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  4. Chris, that place looks AWESOME!!

    -Chris
    WeatherScout

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  5. Chris,
    In Montana we have some great natural hot springs also. We spent our last wedding anniversary there and plan on doing it again. These have medicinal properties too and are a great way to relax.

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