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Colorado has experienced eight avalanches so far this winter killing 22 people, and another major blizzard is walloping the state today. Coloradoan.com reports that, according to Colorado’s Avalanche Information Center Director Ethan Greene, this year a “perfect storm” of events have created unprecedented avalanche conditions with all the critical factors that result in avalanches coming together at the same time. Consequently, the avalanches that are happening this year are very big and cover a larger area within the state than in the past. Indeed, more than 100 inches of snow has fallen in the mountains there in the last ten days, on top of a huge base of snow that fell during January and early February.
Winter Storm Ulmer should grow stronger as it crosses the Plains on Wednesday, dropping heavy snow and packing high winds.
Blizzard conditions are expected and the NWS has issued blizzard warnings.
Travel conditions will be dangerous due to the combination of heavy snow and high winds.
Even where there is no snow, the storm’s high winds will also have a widespread impact in the west and midwest — winds of 60-80 mph are expected from New Mexico to Nebraska
The storm will also cause a flood risk in many states due to heavy rainfall and thawing snow in some areas.
Widespread power outages will be likely in many states, as well as interstate closures, and flight delays and cancellations. If you are in the region or traveling through, we recommend staying tuned to the weather forecast throughout today.
Why This Matters: Last year Colorado had little snow — this year it is a different story entirely. The large snowfalls of the last ten days may have brought avalanches but they will also mean more water in the Colorado River this year — and may make a bit of a dent in the long term drought and lessen the risk of fires this summer. Ski resorts in Colorado are having a banner year, and more snow is forecast for the next few weeks all the way through the end of ski season. The El Niño is welcome this year in the parched west, even if it has soaked the rest of the country (see below).
Why This Matters: A dust cloud this long is rare but it can be quite serious for people with lung conditions. Many Caribbean islands have experienced dangerous air quality and forecasters are giving the same warnings now in Florida and other southern states.
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The Center for Public Integrity explained in their recent investigation that yearly heat-related deaths have more than doubled in Arizona in the last decade to 283. Across the country, heat caused at least 10,000 deaths between 1999 and 2016 — more than hurricanes, tornadoes or floods in most years. What’s more is that scientists link […]
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