Welcome Back to The World!

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Hi guys!

I missed you all so much. Now that I have fully been on vacation and have figured out how I am going to attack this semester. I can happily announce that I am back to blogging.

So let’s start with this weekend. The picture above is from, I kid you not, the view from our porch of our cabin for the weekend. I seriously love Colorado.

Although I can’t tell you exactly where this picture was taken because the place where I was is particular about media coverage I can tell you it is somewhere in between Estes Park and Nederland on Peak to Peak Highway in Colorado.

The nice thing is even though things are starting to cool down here, it is still warm enough to get around and hike a bit. It is also still warm enough for wildlife to be out.

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I was lucky enough to see some deer over the weekend too. I literally just shut the door after taking the dogs out for a hike when a herd of deer swarmed my cabin. There were 4 in total (One buck and 3 does) and they seemed happy enough to graze around while I frantically search for my phone to take a picture. The pic above is of the one straggling doe that stuck around just so I could get her picture.

But my weekend was not just all fun and games.

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I also got in a lot of reading too. If you are geeky about meteorology and want to learn about radar, I highly recommend this book. I am currently reading this because I am taking a course in radar and satellite at school however, the professor who wrote this book sells these on his website for about $40.

Just thought I would write a little update for you. Hope to have more interesting blog posts soon.

Until then,

-M

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Several Fires Still Not Out in Colorado

Hello folks!

It has been quite the sad weekend here in Colorado. We’ve had several wildfires here and unfortunately, many of them are not contained.

For this video blog, I decided to do a recap of all the fires currently burning and what I knew as of Sunday night. Please watch the video, give it a like and subscribe to my youtube channel to stay up to date when we post these videos.

I will be back on Wednesday to let you know the most up to date information about each of these fires. I will also be talking about how weather can contribute to wildfires spreading.

See you on Wednesday,

-M

Making Your Heart Sing

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Hi all,

Happy 4th of July weekend!

I’m taking a break this weekend from forecasts and videos to do something I haven’t done in awhile: write a blog post.

For this post, I want to talk about making your heart sing. What does that mean exactly? Well, let me tell you.

When I was younger, I was very fortunate to have a mom and grandparents who encouraged me to explore what I loved. My mom cheered me on at school and always made me do my best (not in an overbearing way at all, more that she taught me that you should always do the right thing and give it 100%. Sadly, not all people have this skill). My grandparents helped my mom while she had to work and always told me that I could do whatever I wanted. All of them told me to pursue it.

Lately I’ve felt that more often, my age group has come into a world where they’ve found, that that is not necessarily true. I recently came across an article on Snapchat talking about not letting society crush your dreams. It was an article from a person who graduated college at the same time I did, in 2011 in the middle of the recession. He talked about something I experienced: that you got out of school and times were so hard for someone starting their future that many people took jobs they didn’t want just to make ends meet. I didn’t take a job I didn’t want. I was lucky and ended up in the career field I wanted. Just when it came time for me to realize that there was still something else I wanted to do in my life, it was the mentality that you just have to put up with whatever to make ends meet that kept me there. I am always grateful for the employment opportunities my old jobs gave me, I’m just sad that when I left, I kept that mentality going for a very long time. The mentality of, “your an adult now. You have to work. Life isn’t fun most of the time but every once in awhile you get to do something you enjoy.”

I have to say, that is a soul sucking mentality. For me, that mentality radiated into everything. How I handled my finances and how I approached fun even. But I am here to tell was not a healthy way to approach my life. I’m not saying not be responsible by any means. Just to find balance.

I recently started to break out of that shell and to do just as much responsible things as fun things. Because before my ratio was 90% responsible and 10% fun….maybe. Now my husband I try to keep it at 50-50.

One of the things we do now is to get out and hike every weekend. And we typically go to a different place every time. That way I get to be in the trees and dirt and sky and just leave all my stress there and not carry it around with me. I can’t tell you how cleansing it is to be out in the woods and just let your spirit take a deep breath. Plus, I get to spot many clouds and look at how beautiful the atmosphere is. It’s amazing to see the shapes that water vapor and wind make. It’s like a new painting every day.

And just to see how it all co-mingles together with the landscape. It really is like being put smack dab in the middle of an environment so beautiful. And just like a songwriter writes a song to help express how they feel, the outdoors is what makes my heart sing.

So, this holiday weekend. I encourage you to find out whatever it is that makes your heart sing. And then let that song never end.

See you in my next blog post,

-M

Why Does It Get Hot Before Summer?

Hello one and all!

It’s officially summer. So why in the world does it get so hot before summer officially starts? In the video above, I explain why. As always, I hope you enjoy it.

Please subscribe to my youtube channel. The link is at the end of the video. Thanks so much and I will see you on Friday for your weekend forecast.

Until then,

-M

More Heat for the Week and A Scorcher for the Southwest

Hi everyone!

It was hot hot hot this weekend in both the Denver area and around the country. For most, expect temps in the 80s and 90s for Monday. But that is not the case for the Southwest.

There is a Heat Advisory for Southern Nevada and Arizona. Vegas and Phoenix will see temps of 115 for Vegas and 111 for Phoenix. Although it is not unusual to see those temperatures in both of those places (trust me, I am from Vegas) it could potentially break the record for hottest temperature on June 20th. That being said, stay cool out there, stay hydrated and be safe.

And from bad to good! We have a new set!!!! This is our very first forecast in front of a green screen. I hope you enjoy it and please give us a subscribe by clicking the button at the end of this video.

Enjoy your week! I will be back Wednesday with a video about why in the world is is hot before summer officially starts.

Until then,

-M

Denver Forecast 4/22/16

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Howdy everyone!

You know what all that red means on the map above?! It is going to be in the 70s this weekend!

Yep, following last week with the bitter cold and snow…we have sunshine in the forecast for this weekend! But beware, some more cloudy weather may be ahead for the next week. I’ll keep you posted as always on this blog.

So here is what your forecast for this weekend:

IN BRIEF:

Friday: High of 68

Saturday:

High: 73

Low: 49

SUNSHINE!

Sunday:

High: 67

Low: 44

SUNSHINE!

IN DEPTH:

The Metro area will benefit from what remains of a high pressure system. You can see it plotted in the map below:

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As you recall, the reason for last weekends snow storm was a low pressure system that came from the Pacific Northwest. That low, by the way, has almost worked its way to the East Coast by now. Friends on the East Coast, you will have some stormy weather to contend with this weekend.

But true to the way things go in the atmosphere, the high pressure system has taken over and high pressure= gorgeous sunny weather in springtime. And with the high pressure and more clear skies brings more solar radiation which brings warmer temps to our area.

You can see temperatures plotted on the GFS 40 model below that most of Eastern Colorado will receive 70s on Saturday! Some of Southern Colorado will see 80s too (white color)

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But this nice weather may end soon. We have another low pressure system that may affect our weather in the next week. As seen in the picture below, a low will form over Montana and Wyoming at the beginning of next week. We are at the bottom of the low in Colorado, but it could very well affect us soon. Some models are projecting almost an inch of rain on Tuesday, but I like to have caution and will say we won’t get much rain in the beginning of the week.

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I will be keeping an eye on the weather as always this weekend. I will have more on your next work week on Sunday.

Until then, enjoy the sunshine!

-M

Denver Area Forecast: 3/22/16

UPDATE (9:45 p.m. MDT): 

BLIZZARD WARNING in effect for the Denver-Metro area. National Weather Service estimates 6-12 inches  overnight. Will cause issues for the morning commute Wednesday morning. Please be safe and weather aware.

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It may seem sunny now, but just you wait, Denver, it is going to get chilly!

Yes, snow will replace the warm sunshine for those who live in the Denver-Metro area, probably overnight or Wednesday morning. I’m going to be conservative with the snow totals for this blog and say that we will get less than an inch.

With the change up in the weather, there will also be an increase of winds. Some meteorologists and models I have seen so far say gusts of approximately 40 mph.

But the good news is, it starts to heat up a smidge and we will see more stereotypical spring-like weather on Thursday and Friday with a chance of showers on Friday.

Hope all is well and as always be safe and weather aware.

Until then,

-M

It Will Never Be The Same

A long time ago (in  a galaxy not so far away), I had a TV meteorologist who I used to work give me some advice on going back to school. The one thing she said to me that really stuck (besides, well going back to school would be tough. I mean that was pretty important too) was “The way you look at the world will never be the same.” And ya know, she was right.

Little did I know how right she would be. That now instead of just looking up at the skies and seeing clouds or watching it snow or even trying to calm my dogs down during a thunderstorm that I would see it all differently in just a year of meteorology school.

Now I see a entirely different world than the one we are currently living in. I see clouds being formed by evaporation from the Earth and oceans with so many little water droplets being suspended in the air. I see layers of the atmosphere that each have their own characteristics that make them so unique. Like in this Skew-T screenshot I took a few days ago.

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It may look like squiggly lines and numbers to the untrained eye but this tells weather folk about different levels of the atmosphere, it’s temperature, the winds in each layer and even where the possibility for precipitation will occur or even how spinny (yes, spinny. Don’t shake your head at me.) a storm could become (i.e. tornado).

Instead of it being breezy or so windy it could knock you and your loved one over, I not only think, we should really get inside, I wonder where did the wind come from and where is it going? Is it just winds traveling from high to low pressure or is part of a front too?

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Pic from a website that not only shows you where the winds are blowing on a map but also how fast they are going. You can see all the current winds in the world and where they are headed.

And even while I lay here in bed, writing this to you, and wondering if the symptoms from my migraine will ever end, I feel joy from looking outside my window at the clear blue sky and knowing that we are currently in a high pressure system.

No matter what happens with people or your day or even what will happen in the future, there is an entire world going on around you that is so complex and beautiful. And I am really lucky I get to study it.

So yes, she was right. It isn’t the same. And I don’t ever want to go back. So thanks for the advice!

Until then,

-M

 

 

I found my weather “thing”

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(picture from a website showing all the winds in the United States. This is right over Colorado. P.S. Follow me on Instagram! @megmontgo)

Good afternoon everyone!

Yes, it has been awhile. Almost over a month! That’s pretty insane to think a month has gone by.

So what’s new with me? Well, besides crazy health problems, I am in the thick of my semester. And I found my weather “thing”!

What do  I mean by “thing”? It isn’t just something reserved for Dr. Seuss. Usually in the meteorology community, everyone likes one aspect of weather. I have a friend who is into forecasting for wildfires, another who is crazy into snow, another likes climatology and we have a professor who is into weather instrumentation. I never knew that meteorology was so multi-faceted until I started hanging out with fellow weather nerds.

So, what’s my thing? I am really into wind!

I think is the coolest thing in the world and it has so many applications. Wind moves based on pressure and temperature and helps even out the Earth’s atmosphere. Wind data can tell you if a front is moving through, where a high and low pressure system is forming (tells you the difference of where storms will be and who will have a clear day), and can even be applicable with severe weather.

Here are some interesting facts about wind:

  • Last week, there was a gust in Monarch Pass, Colorado that was more than 140 miles per hour! To find out how that happened, read this article from Dr. Marshall Shepard.
  • The record for highest wind speed is 231 mph at Mount Washington, New Hampshire
  • A instrument that measures wind speed is anemometer.
  • The fastest wind speed in a tornado was measured to be 318 mph in 1999.

I hope you all enjoy these facts and are blown away (sorry, I had to!) by all these facts!

Until then!

-M