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Winter Storm Warning Today...

Winter Storm Warming Today

Wednesday, November 29th - Winter Storm Warning...

The National Weather Service in Denver has issued a Winter Storm Warning for the northern mountains and northeastern plains, including the Drake, Glen Haven and Storm Mountain areas in effect until 12PM MST on Wednesday.

A strong winter storm system will move across Colorado on Wednesday dropping heavy snow across the area. Several inches have already fallen with amounts over a foot reported in some areas of the foothills and mountains. Accumulations between 5 and 15 inches are expected.

In addition to the snow, extreme cold will accompany this storm with temperatures diving to zero and below on Wednesday night. This extreme cold will allow roads to become snow-packed and icy making travel difficult to impossible at times. Adequate snow tires, chains and 4WDF are highly recommended on FDR 128 and other rural roads.

Area residents are advised to use extreme caution if driving and to be prepared for full winter driving conditions across our area. Information on school and business closures can be found via the link provided below.

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Lenticular Clouds At Sunset

Lenticular Clouds At Sunset

Sunday, November 26th - Photo Of The Week...

On last Monday evening area residents were treated to a spectacular display of lenticular wave clouds ablaze with color at sunset. This magnificent display is being featured as our photo of the week.

Lenticular clouds, technically known as altocumulus standing lenticularis, are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes, normally aligned at right-angles to the wind direction.

Where stable moist air flows over a mountain or a range of mountains, a series of large-scale standing waves may form on the downwind side. Lenticular clouds sometimes form at the crests of these waves. Under certain conditions, long strings of lenticular clouds can form, creating a formation known as a wave cloud.

Lenticular clouds often take on very unusual and stunning saucer-like shapes and have at times been mistaken for UFO's. Aircraft pilots avoid flying near or into lenticular clouds because of the turbulence associated with them.

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Sign Entering Glen Haven

Sign Entering Glen Haven

Friday, November 24th - Battle To Save Glen Haven...

Residents of the small mountain community of Glen Haven are currently in a battle with Larimer County to save the town's name.

Larimer County officials are proposing that the community of Glen Haven merge with the community of Drake, 8 miles away. This change would require all residents of Glen Haven to change their legal addresses to Drake as well as changing the official name of the physical community.

Glen Haven was been established in 1903, or over a century ago. Residents are concerned that the proposed changes will destroy the spirit and history of this well known mountain community.

Larimer County officials are reported as stating that the changes boil down to matter of manpower and that the community has to either incorporate as an town or acquire official Federal Postal Zone status to prevent the merger with Drake.

It should be noted that neither Drake nor Glen Haven are currently incorporated and that both already have separate postal codes, Drake 80515 and Glen Haven 80532. It is unclear at this time if the proposed merger would create two postal zones for Drake, as there would then be two post offices physically located within the unincorporated Drake boundaries.

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Spectacular sunrise over Palisade Mountain on Thursday moring

Sunrise over Palisade Mountain

Sunday, November 19th - Photo Of The Week...

As our photo of the week this week we are featuring a spectacular shot taken on Thursday morning of the colorful sunrise over Palisade Mountain.

Sunrise and sunset are often colorful displays. These sometimes dramatic colors are due to light from the sun being refracted through particles in the Earth's atmosphere.

In general, sunrises are predominately yellow and sunsets predominately red. This is partially due to human activity on Earth during the day, causing dust and other particulates to become airborne and carried into the upper atmosphere by air currents. These airborne particles then refract the sunlight causing the reds so often seen at sunset. 

During the nighttime hours there is less activity and much of the dust settles back to Earth, hence the lighter yellow color of sunrise. Smoke form large wildfires can increase the colors of both sunrise and sunset substantially.

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