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Old 02-23-2011   #1
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Favorite Weather websites

I thought I'd share my favorite weather websites for forecasting and observing the 'ol Crème fraiche (that's the stuff, yeah)

Colorado Snow Conditions & Weather Map

CAIC: Colorado Avalanche Information Center

Colorado Powder Forecast | Unique and targeted weather for Colorado skiers - Snow Reports and Ski Weather Forecasts for Colorado, Utah, California, Vermont and the US -

NOAA - National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Center For Snow and Avalanche Studies - Silverton, Colorado

NRCS National Water and Climate Center - SNOTEL Map Based Network - Colorado

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Old 02-23-2011   #2
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Originally Posted by DanOrion View Post
the 'ol Crème fraiche (that's the stuff, yeah)
Baste that turkey!

On the river, I can abandon who I am and what I've done. However brief it lasts, while on the river I am nothing important and everything insignificant. I am flotsam, and happy to be so.
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Old 02-23-2011   #3
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That's a nice list there.... here's another!

RAP Real-Time Weather
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Old 02-23-2011   #4
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Good list Dan. CAIC and coloradopowederforecast are my favorite sites.

I end up using the first site when I want to dive in on freezing level. The freezing level counour intervals are a really good way to figure out if your favorite creek is going to run or get shut down... I've used that site to try and figure out escalante creek weather and flows...

Good Stuff!
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Old 02-23-2011   #5
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The 5-hour scene:

Current Grand Junction NEXRAD Radar Map : Weather Underground

The big picture:

West Conus Water Vapor Loop - Satellite Services Division - Office of Satellite Data Processing and Distribution
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Speaking of Escalante, according to the DNR site:

"At the beginning of 2011 all areas in the Gunnison and San Miguel basins are above average, but due to the storm track, the areas with predominantly south and southwest facing slopes, such as the Grand Mesa and the Uncompahgre Plateau have the highest snowpack at over 200% of normal while more north facing slopes stand at around 120%."
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Old 02-23-2011   #7
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And then there's the ultimate winter jones site:

Water Supply Outlook for the Western United States

Click on "Streamflow Forecasts" - color coded by watershed.
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Old 02-24-2011   #8
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Good list, but have to throw Powderbuzz on that list. Backcountry weather and avalanche information for the Rocky Mountains: Snow, Avalanche, and Weather Discussions for Colorado
Great links to about everything you need. CAIC, NOAA, Meso West, Snow Alarm, Snowpack by Basin, Total Snowfall/ Precip by drainages and more. Also Weather Channel is good for infrared satellite loops.

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