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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Wandering in the National Park

Hello! Yes I know it has been a long time!

As part of our extension into other areas of the blogging world, we decided to take you with us as we explore Rocky Mountain National Park.

Enjoy!

What a Year!

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Hi everyone!

I hope you had a wonderful Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanza/Festivus! My Christmas was very fun and so full of family and friends. I am very grateful for them all.

Now that the end of the year is upon us, I started thinking about what happened in 2015. And everything that happened was awesome! I would like to thank all my readers! You have really made blogging fun and I love talking to you all.

Here’s a recap of what happened to me this year. Some are weather related and some are not. But I am happy to share it all with you!

I started school and started pursuing a career in meteorology! 

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Never ever did I think I would head back to school and do something new with my life. For years, I had a career in TV and journalism but I was looking for something more. I always knew I was good at earth sciences and geography so who knew I would find a new love of meteorology!

I started my term as the student member of the AMS Broadcast Board. 

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When I started school, I really really wanted to be a part of the board who issues the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist designation. Now I am working with them and I am having a great time! Can’t wait to share more AMS things with you!

I traveled to two different cities. 

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I went to Raleigh, North Carolina for the AMS Broadcasting Conference

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and I visited my hometown. Las Vegas, Nevada

Explored the outdoors 

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This picture just says it all. I love you, Colorado! I go to go camping a lot this year and I also hiked my first 14er! I became one with the outdoors and I am not sorry about it.

Conquered my fear of math. 

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When I started going to school, there was one fear I had to get over quickly. And that was math! Now, Calculus ain’t so bad! And numbers aren’t so scary.

Started my blog and Youtube Channel! 

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This has to have been one of the most fun things I have done all year! I started this blog and I started my Youtube channel, Weather Wanderings! If you haven’t subscribed yet to my channel, do it now! I post all kinds of fun videos up there all the time all about weather, science, meteorology and coming soon: travel vlogs! Click here to go to my channel right now.

 

Picked up a hobby or two

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Oh you know, just having fun with my bow 😉 Pretty cool to learn something new this year.

Adopted a puppy. 

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Because she’s cute! And our other doggie needed a playmate badly. She is such a good addition to our family and I am glad I am a rescue mommy.

Celebrated one year of marriage. 

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And I am really really happy to have found the one person who really gets me and is my best friend. I’ve never been more happy until I found him.

And made so many friends! 

Happy New Year from Weather Wanderings and here is to the best year yet: 2016! I hope you had a great year and that this year brought you much happiness and joy.

See you next year!

-M

 

More Snow on the Way for Denver?

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Hi everyone!

Boy, it has been a crazy day in the Denver-Metro Area! Basically, we were hammered with more snow than expected over night. The storm left more than 10 inches in some places (We got 10 inches at my house).

The system really impacted our area. A lot of cars slid of the road (It is still icy as I write this) and a lot of businesses closed early. It was pretty much a snow day for the whole city.

So what does that mean for the rest of the week? I did a forecast for the area in the video above and hint: there may be more snow on the way!

Hope you all are very safe and warm tonight! There will be a video blog posted on Friday and I think another written blog tomorrow.

Leave me a comment 🙂

Until then,

-M

Possible Blizzard Coming to Denver?

Apocalypse? Maybe not but there could be measurable snowfall coming our way.

I thought I would just do a little post about the snowfall that is expected in the Denver Monday night through Tuesday.

Originally, the models (supercomputers which crunch on the physics and math equations for us) appeared as if we were going to get apocalyptic-type snowfall for this. Although it doesn’t look like it will be that crazy (One was calling for 40 inches last week!), it will still be very measurable.

Because I live and breathe meteorology, I’ve been looking at all my sources and here is what I know:

Monday night, that rain will eventually turn into snowfall. We are currently looking at 6-11 inches around the Denver Metro area. The snow will continue until Tuesday afternoon.

NOTABLE ABOUT THIS STORM: This is a very fast moving storm and has a capability of producing high winds. As long as things continue to move quickly, we could see blowing snow and visibility up to 1/4 of a mile.

Since gusts could get up to higher than 35 mph and the visibility could be so bad up to 1/4 of an inch away from you, this could be an official blizzard. In fact, the National Weather Service put out a blizzard warning this morning. If you want to know why I call it an official blizzard, that’s because in order for it to be a blizzard, two criteria points have to be met.

  1. Wind speeds up to 35 mph
  2. Visibility up to 1/4 of a mile

It does not matter if it is really cold or if there is a lot of snow. If those two points are not met, it is not a blizzard. I would just call it a crazy snowstorm.

As always, please be safe Monday night and Tuesday. Take it slow, leave the house early to get to your destination on time and make sure to have enough warm clothes on.

In the meantime, send me your weather pictures of this snowstorm! I will be putting them up on my blog and social media accounts! Email: megan@cloud2ground.net

Have a lovely night!

Until then,

-M

 

Why do the leaves change in autumn?

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Ohhhhh yeaaah!!! Bring on the boots, the scarves, the fall leaves and the pumpkin spice everything! (I’m actually drinking a pumpkin spice tea as I write this haha.)

My favorite season is here!  Fall arrived in Colorado!

A few weeks ago, my family and I went up to Guanella Pass, Colorado to see all the pretty leaves changing. All the pictures in this blog are from that trip.

Guanella Pass is more in Central Colorado, about an hour’s drive away from the Denver-Metro area. A lot of people come up there from the city during the fall so they can see all the pretty colors. There wasn’t a stop that we had to ourselves. There were at least two other cars full of people at every outpost. But it doesn’t matter, I get to be outside!

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But, all the pretty leaves make me wonder as a future meteorologist. What exactly, makes the leaves change? Believe it or not, I found a few weeks ago from another meteorologist, Cory Reppenhagen, who works for the ABC local affiliate here in Denver. Here’s his story to explain:

My First 14er!

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Hi everyone!

Wow! I haven’t posted in awhile! It has been a busy month. I’ve had several tests and I hosted my first student event for the American Meteorological Society. It was awesome! So great to tell my fellow classmates about all the great things available to them through the AMS Broadcast Board!

So, I have to tell you about a big first for me! I go to do my first 14er a few weeks ago! What is a 14er you ask? Well, it is quite the big deal in Colorado. 14ers are the tallest mountains in Colorado. They are 14,000 feet above sea level and it is so cool to say you went that high. For me I am a big outdoors enthusiast so this was huge! The only thing is I am not quite in shape (It will happen by next year!!! Woo!) to hike up one so we did one of the only two peaks you can drive up. We went to Mt. Evans which is near Idaho Springs (but also is part of the city of Denver even though it is far away from the city, so odd).

I have never been to a mountain where the tree line ends and you actually see tundra. In the picture above, that is tundra during the fall season. It makes me so excited to see tundra for once because a) I’ve studied the difference climates and vegetation and b) I’ve only lived in the desert and now Colorado for a little while so tundra is a brand new thing for me. The only thing that is higher than tundra is permafrost (ground that is permanently frozen) which I have yet to see.

Another awesome thing was the mountain goats! They were so cool. I’m a big animal lover so I am a huge fan of anything that crawls around. It was amazing because they weren’t shy at all and it was even more fascinating that any time they wanted to cross the street, one would jump in front of the car and act like a crossing guard. The goat that just walked in front of our car didn’t budge until the whole herd crossed.  And I got to see little baby goats! So adorable!

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One thing I will say about traveling to Mt. Evans or any 14er is be aware that there will be a lot of traffic. The Denver-Metro area is home to a lot of outdoorsy people and they all like to head up to the mountains on weekends. It got so crowded at one point with people parked on the sides of the roads to see the goats that the road actually was blocked by people. We tried to get through but thankfully a ranger came out and told everyone that it is indeed illegal to park on the side of the road on the mountain in non-parking areas. Also, there is a $10 fee for a car full of people. But it was definitely worth it!

I hope you all get outdoors this season. Fall is an amazing time!

Until then,

-M