Saturday, April 18, 2009

Snow, Snow and More Snow

Ok I am about over the water with this one. My snow blower isn't working and my shovel is ready to break.

I am not kidding you it seems like this snow per square foot weighs about 50 pounds.

It is not your normal 10 inches of snow to 1 inch of water ratio. This is more like 6 to 8 inches of snow per inch of water.

I am not personally measuring precipitation right now because I am doing some work in the backyard and had to take my gauge down.

BUT -- it is very similar to the March 2003 blizzard which had those type of snow-to-water ratios.

It has been really hard to get an actual snow measurement with this event because of the snow's weight. It compacts down into a block of frozen water.

I would estimate at my house we are sitting somewhere in the 15-20 inch range since Friday morning.

Most of the foothills just west of Denver are in the 30-50 range, with two locations at 51 inches of snow with over 5 inches of water.

The creek behind my house is out of it's banks in a big way, and the retaining pond at the edge of the neighborhood went from empty, cracked ground on Thursday to nearly full today.

Severe thunderstorms are possible today from Kansas to Texas. Currently there are tornado watches in effect for southwest Kansas and southeast Texas.


  1. Hi! I'm new to the CoCoRAHS world (just made my first report)and I live in Alabama. However, my older son lives in Fort Collins, CO and has just started his own landscaping business. If you need/want someone to push your snow, I can put you in touch with him.

  2. It was a 'heck' of a storm eh Chris! Here in SE Parker CO, we didn't see the sun for from Thursday sunset to Sunday sunrise. The storm lasted three days, dumping mostly snow but it was the densest snow (water-content/vol.of snow) I can remember. I couldn't keep my gauge clear of the snow so I probably under reported w/ 15" snow & 2.5" of precipitation. We could barely keep up with it. My big (12-HP)thrower got clogged many times with snow too wet to throw. The street looks like one big 'slushy', 8"-12" deep. Trees were breaking and a few roofs were damaged. Now the melt begins and maybe some minor flodding...


  3. I've seen a few photos via the news networks, but now I want to see some more "personal" photos! Can the CO readers of this blog provide?! Ricker, perhaps?! :)

    Chris, I put together the radar loop of this storm so we can remember the persistence. The moisture just kept streaming in! Amazing.

    US Radar Loop (7MB)