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Leonid Debris Clouds Map

Leonid Debris Clouds Map

Friday, November 17th - Here Come The Leonids...

Every year around this time, Earth glides through a minefield of debris from Comet 55P/Tempel-Tuttle. On the evening of Saturday, Nov. 18th, Earth will graze a cloud of comet dust, producing an outburst of Leonid meteors.

The annual Leonid Meteor Shower is one of the best showers each year. If forecasters are correct, the outburst will peak around 9:45 p.m. MST on Nov. 18th. While the timing favors observers in Europe, Brazil and the Atlantic coast of North America, who could see as many as 100 meteors per hour, sky-watchers across the globe will be watching.

Although the Leonid shower is expected to peak sharply on Nov. 18th, keep an eye on the sky at other times, too. Leonids may appear in fits and spurts all weekend long. The best time to watch, generally speaking, is during the hours before dawn when the constellation Leo is high in the sky.

Do not believe everything you read. While meteor forecasters have done a splendid job predicting Leonid outbursts in recent years, sometimes "nailing the peak within minutes", they could be wrong in 2006. The outburst might happen at an unexpected time or it might be better than expected. Enthusiasts everywhere are urged to keep an eye out for Leonid meteors the nights of Nov. 17th – 19th.

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Colorado Doppler Radar

Colorado Doppler Radar - 9AM MST

Tuesday, November 14th - Between Two Warnings...

Residents of the Storm Mountain area and foothills to the east today are in a band of relative calm between weather warnings to both our east and west.

To the east, a High Wind Warning is in effect with sustained winds of 25 to 40mph and gust up to 60mph predicted. The strongest winds are expected to develop late Tuesday morning into Tuesday afternoon.

To the west a massive winter storm is pounding the mountains with blizzard conditions predicted in some areas. Intense snowfall at rates of three inches per hour are possible with accumulations of 10 to 20 inches expected. A Snow and Blowing Snow Advisory remains in effect until 5PM MST for the northern and central mountains.

Local residents are advised to stay tuned to local weather sources for possible changes, and or changing conditions, in our immediate area. Any weather watches, warnings or advisories for the Storm Mountain area will be posted here as they are issued.

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Transist of Mercury on Wednesday afternoon

Transit of Mercury on Wednesday
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Sunday, November 12th - Photo Of The Week...

This week we are featuring as our photo of the week, an interesting image of the planet Mercury passing in front of the Sun on last Wednesday afternoon.

The photo was taken by area photographer Darrell Spangler over a two hour period beginning at noon on Wednesday, November 8th, from here on Storm Mountain. Special equipment was used to avoid damage to the photographer's eyes. 

DO NOT EVER look directly at the sun through any optical device, including a camera, as instantaneous blindness can occur! Proper and safe techniques for viewing phenomena and events on or near the Sun can be found here.

The transit of Mercury began around 12:00PM MST and continued until approximately 6:00PM MST. This event provided a rare glimpse of the tiny planet, silhouetted against the enormity of the Sun.

More stunning photos of this remarkable event can be found by visiting the Transit of Mercury Gallery located at

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Shooting In South Ft Collins

Shooting In South Fort Collins

Saturday, November 11th - Shooting In South Ft Collins

On Saturday, November 11th, a call came in to the Larimer County Sheriff’s Dispatch at 4:53 P.M. reporting a possible physical disturbance at 308 Park Place Court in Fort Collins.

According to reports from the residents at 308 Park Place Court, a female friend came to the house and awhile later her husband arrived. Preliminary investigation indicated they were in the process of getting a divorce.

A verbal confrontation ensued which then progressed to a physical confrontation. Investigators believe at this time the husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

The residents of 308 Park Place Court were unharmed. The family included husband, wife and two children, a nine year old boy and a six year old girl. The two children did not witness the incident, as they were in another part of the house. The Larimer County Sheriff’s Victim Advocates have been on scene assisting the family.

The Larimer County Sheriff Crime Scene Units are at the residence and investigation will continue throughout the night.

There is no further information at this time.

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