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Blizzard warning in Colo., N.M. digs out ( Global Warming ? )
, Associated Press ^ | 12-20-06 | JON SARCHE

Posted on 12/20/2006 12:59:25 PM PST by george76

A major snowstorm blew across Colorado toward the Plains on Wednesday, canceling hundreds of airline flights for holiday travelers and shutting down major highways in parts of four states.

The National Weather Service posted blizzard warnings for most of eastern Colorado and adjoining sections of Nebraska and Kansas.

A day earlier, the storm had pummeled New Mexico with up to a foot of snow.

Two feet of snow was possible in the foothills just west of Denver, with 2 to 3 feet a possibility farther north.

Up to 20 inches could accumulate on the Plains of eastern Colorado and wind up to 30 mph could pile the snow into high drifts...

"I'm going to grab my computer, talk to my boss and go back home,"... "I'm not going to take a risk and get stuck in Denver."

United Airlines, the busiest carrier at Denver International Airport, canceled more than 630 flights ...

Police closed Interstate 70 for more than 250 miles from just east of Denver to Colby, Kan., and sections of I-80 along a 140-mile stretch from Cheyenne, Wyo., to Big Springs, Neb...

"Crashes are beginning to occur," said Mary Jo Hall of the Nebraska Department of Roads.

Travelers stalled by the closures had already started filling Kansas motels during the morning, said Stan Whitley, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.

Truckers were pulling off I-80 at Ogallala, Neb. "Our parking lot is pretty small, but they're just kind of parked off on the streets," said cashier Michelle Krauter at the Sapp Brothers truck stop.

Scores of schools were closed, along with many courthouses in eastern Colorado.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; US: Colorado; US: Kansas; US: Nebraska; US: New Mexico; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: climate; climatechange; colorado; global; globalwarming; major; majorsnowstorm; skiing; snow; snowstorm; theskyisfalling; warming; weather
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1 posted on 12/20/2006 12:59:27 PM PST by george76
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To: XeniaSt

2 posted on 12/20/2006 1:00:50 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Looks like the folks out west could use some global warming right about now.

(Waiting to be pelted by the enviro-weenies) :)


3 posted on 12/20/2006 1:01:05 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: george76
My timing's bad... I was going to fly out to Denver and all of a sudden there's a bad snowstorm. Oy vey!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

4 posted on 12/20/2006 1:01:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: fatnotlazy

And by the way, george...thanks for the heads-up.


5 posted on 12/20/2006 1:01:48 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: george76
Yeah, I bet Algore will be the first to tell us that sunny scene's the occasion to break out the shorts, bikinis and flip-flops. Its GETTING warmer!

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

6 posted on 12/20/2006 1:04:20 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: fatnotlazy
Pena Blvd is closed until at least tomorrow ?


7 posted on 12/20/2006 1:04:26 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

spaceflightnow.com
1850 GMT (1:50 p.m. EST)

The decision earlier this week to add a spacewalk to Discovery's mission and still preserve a final heat shield inspection today forced NASA managers to delay re-entry one day to Friday and in so doing, give up one of three end-of-mission landing opportunities. With only two available landing days - Friday and Saturday - NASA flight rules require a landing attempt Friday, even if that means diverting the shuttle to California or New Mexico. The latter option is a worst-case scenario that could expose the orbiter to sub-freezing weather for two days, possibly damaging thruster seals and water lines, and delay the ship's return to Florida by four to six weeks.


8 posted on 12/20/2006 1:04:37 PM PST by RightWhale (RTRA DLQS GSCW)
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To: goldstategop
Good reason to stay home today.

Are you stocked up with food and water ?


9 posted on 12/20/2006 1:06:28 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
The airport road may be closed through the holiday weekend if they can't clear the snow away fast enough. I would rather be stranded in Colorado than here.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

10 posted on 12/20/2006 1:08:23 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: fatnotlazy

Over 5,000 people lost power in La Plata County last night due to ice and snow and about half of them are libs. I bet even the libs wanted some type Global Warming last night.


11 posted on 12/20/2006 1:08:58 PM PST by unkus
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To: george76
"Crashes are beginning to occur,"

No lie. It's a madhouse on North Academy Blvd in Colorado Springs. Demolition derby for miles.

12 posted on 12/20/2006 1:09:21 PM PST by jammer
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To: jan in Colorado

13 posted on 12/20/2006 1:09:44 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
I'm moving to Colorado... so this news throws out my departure from California and it means a change in shopping habits for sure. Nothing like Mother Nature to remind you she can mess up your best-laid plans just like that in a jiffy.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

14 posted on 12/20/2006 1:10:37 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: george76; Millee

About 17 inches of global warming has fallen in CO.


15 posted on 12/20/2006 1:11:15 PM PST by RockinRight (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. He's a Socialist. And unqualified.)
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To: goldstategop

The skiers are happy !

Some ski areas are forecasted for several feet of fresh powder .


16 posted on 12/20/2006 1:11:45 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Is that today in CO?


17 posted on 12/20/2006 1:11:58 PM PST by RockinRight (Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. He's a Socialist. And unqualified.)
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To: george76
Are you stocked up with food and water ?

Food and water??? What about beer and pretzels???

CA....

18 posted on 12/20/2006 1:13:01 PM PST by Chances Are (Whew! It seems I've once again found that silly grin!)
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To: goldstategop
It may be several days until things get back to normal...

I was going to fly out to Denver...

19 posted on 12/20/2006 1:13:03 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fatnotlazy
You are welcome.

...thanks for the heads-up.

20 posted on 12/20/2006 1:13:43 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: RockinRight

Yes: right now, all day and likely tomorrow.

The airport restaurants are running out of food...

It will be a long night for families with little kids...stuck at the airport.


21 posted on 12/20/2006 1:17:24 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

We got about 14 inches of snow over the weekend here in the So Cal mountains and today is the first time in five days we'll be above freezing for the high.

Brrr.


22 posted on 12/20/2006 1:18:59 PM PST by socal_parrot (palomino!!!)
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To: george76
I managed to get to work today for a few hours but decided to go back home while I still could when a co-worker pointed out that my little Civic had a drift up to the bumper. I almost didn't make it through the side streets, got stuck at my driveway and had to shovel a path to the garage. The snow isn't even supposed to be as bad up here as it is in Denver.
I'm sure glad I have a job where I can work from home even if I live less than a mile from the office!
23 posted on 12/20/2006 1:20:35 PM PST by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: jammer
Its usually mild in Colorado during the winter. But not always.

"Show me just what Mohammed brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached." -Manuel II Paleologus

24 posted on 12/20/2006 1:21:40 PM PST by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: goldstategop
like Mother Nature to remind you she can mess up your best-laid plans

Oh well, nothing wrong with spending Christmas weekend hunkered down & enjoying the snow. It will prob. be a late Christmas for most of us.

25 posted on 12/20/2006 1:22:03 PM PST by sanchmo (If we wish to learn what was going on in Europe in 1938, just look around - V.D. Hanson)
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To: george76

Remember, 2006 looks to be the sixth warmest year in the last six years.


26 posted on 12/20/2006 1:26:20 PM PST by fireforeffect (A kind word and a 2x4, gets you more than just a kind word.)
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To: george76

Blizzard conditions here in Colorado Springs. Four-wheel drive vehicles are spinning their wheels on little hills. Dozens of cars stranded on Woodmen Road and Academy, but my 4WD Jeep made it without incident. It's wet snow coming up from the South, and the wind is fierce. I-25 is closed from Pueblo, just South of here, to the state border. Not a real good day to be out and about.


27 posted on 12/20/2006 1:27:04 PM PST by KellyAdmirer
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To: socal_parrot

Apparently there are hundreds of thousands of families in Oregon and Washington who still do not have power from the storm from last week.

But the skiing should be good ?

Do people generally have enough heating for all of the house in So Cal ?



28 posted on 12/20/2006 1:28:31 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: mollynme

Glad that you made it home.

The streets may become impassible due not only to the sideways drifting snow...but also the future accidents.

Hopefully your power will stay on.


29 posted on 12/20/2006 1:31:09 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: goldstategop
I need to look at the calendar.

Is it even winter yet ?

Its usually mild in Colorado during the winter..

30 posted on 12/20/2006 1:33:04 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

The fabled Albuquerque low. Looks like my Christmas break will be starting 2 days early this year. Darn.


31 posted on 12/20/2006 1:34:41 PM PST by r9etb
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To: Rockiette
Is tomorrow the first day of winter ?
32 posted on 12/20/2006 1:35:17 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76

Hubby just called & said they closed the post office. Glad I'm not needing to ship any gifts today.


33 posted on 12/20/2006 1:35:26 PM PST by Millee (Tagline free since 10/20/06)
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To: r9etb; CedarDave

Has this gotten any better ?

" Roads around New Mexico were still snowpacked and icy Wednesday. Numerous schools opened late or remained closed.

Up to a foot of snow fell at higher elevations of northwest and west-central New Mexico on Tuesday, and snow and sleet closed sections of I-40 across eastern New Mexico and in the Texas Panhandle.

Albuquerque International airport was closed for several hours Tuesday as snow covered runways. "


34 posted on 12/20/2006 1:37:46 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: fireforeffect; potlatch; PhilDragoo
LOL

2006 looks to be the sixth warmest year in the last six years.

35 posted on 12/20/2006 1:39:56 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Dunno 'bout NM. All I do know is that it's blowing like a mother right now.

Looked at the weather map this morning and saw that big "L" over Albuquerque, and began seriously to dream of snow.... ;-)

36 posted on 12/20/2006 1:41:06 PM PST by r9etb
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To: george76
Isn't it great? My kids are having the time of their life sledding today.

Of course, I'm not traveling so this weather is a dream come true for me! ;o)

37 posted on 12/20/2006 1:42:14 PM PST by jan in Colorado (God Bless our Troops and their families!)
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To: KellyAdmirer
Looks massive.

snow and sleet closed sections of I-40 across eastern New Mexico and in the Texas Panhandle.

38 posted on 12/20/2006 1:42:34 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: r9etb

Is ski santa fe open ?

Is there a little ski area near ABQ ?


39 posted on 12/20/2006 1:44:11 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: jan in Colorado

Well dressed kids should be very happy.

Good for the parents to let the kids burn off some steam outside ?


40 posted on 12/20/2006 1:45:37 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: george76
Do people generally have enough heating for all of the house in So Cal ?

No, but we huddle together with the illegals to stay warm.

41 posted on 12/20/2006 1:46:02 PM PST by socal_parrot (palomino!!!)
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To: george76

A nice view of the dreaded Monument Hill north of Colorado Springs.

42 posted on 12/20/2006 1:47:50 PM PST by Semi Civil Servant
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You misunderstand ... I'm in Colorado Springs.

An "Albuquerque Low" is a weather pattern where a low pressure cell sets in over ABQ, a moist flow moves up from the Gulf of Mexico, meets a cold flow down the Front Range, and the result is a pile of snow in Colorado Springs.

43 posted on 12/20/2006 1:49:21 PM PST by r9etb
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To: goldstategop; jammer
"I'm moving to Colorado..."

Welcome and hope to meet you sometime!

It's actually been much warmer than usual this winter and is just now getting more normal. It's a pretty good storm. We're not lowlanders (Denverites, Springsians,...), so we're about to go for a nice drive to the general store. Our vehicle goes like a Snowcat, and we're always outfitted to walk wherever. Later...backcountry snowboarding in the backyard (peaks). It's fun. It's dry air, and it feels far better than any of the east or coasts.

...sorry about the Springs, jammer. You've recently had a huge influx of folks from other places. ...lots of foreign tags on cars there. Hopefully, you've stayed out of that fray today.
44 posted on 12/20/2006 1:49:40 PM PST by familyop
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To: socal_parrot

LOL.

I visited San Diego a long time ago. When it was cold, everyone huddled near the one wall heater.

We took turns standing next to the one heater and everyone wore many layers of clothes even inside the home.


45 posted on 12/20/2006 1:49:49 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: goldstategop

Welcome to Colorado. Thank God you are conservative. It seems all we get from California are liberal waccos who ruin California and then come here to start ruining us.


46 posted on 12/20/2006 1:50:16 PM PST by unkus
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To: jan in Colorado
My kids are having the time of their life sledding today.

On a day like today, they wouldn't even have to work too hard ... just set a sail and let the wind blow 'em back to the top of the hill!

47 posted on 12/20/2006 1:50:35 PM PST by r9etb
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To: r9etb

Thanks.

I did misunderstand.

I thought you were from ABQ.


48 posted on 12/20/2006 1:51:32 PM PST by george76 (Ward Churchill : Fake Indian, Fake Scholarship, and Fake Art)
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To: unkus

"Over 5,000 people lost power in La Plata County last night due to ice and snow and about half of them are libs. I bet even the libs wanted some type Global Warming last night."

****

But the libs would never admit it. :)


49 posted on 12/20/2006 1:52:36 PM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: Semi Civil Servant

Monument Hill can be very dangerous, as you know.


50 posted on 12/20/2006 1:53:47 PM PST by unkus
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