Chris, Fort Collins, Chuck L discussed on Mandy Connell


Man who probably genuinely does sing in the rain because it's that nerdy. It's crispy everybody live from CBS bar right now. What is the rest of today? Look like, what are you in forty? If you get on the mobile weather lab thing. Yes, we're leaving at two thirty. And this is Mandy this is a day that I'm not a smoker. But if I were I'd I'd have to going right now. So scary it it's it's any other part of the country. You would ask meteorologists are they're going to be severe storms day, and they would look at the current temps and do points and be like hack. No here. It's different. And we've we've just we're right teetering on the potential of if everything comes together, we could just in no time fire up a storm with large hail and a quick tornado. And that stresses me out because you know, I feel like I need to keep people safe. And I want to give good info. But this is just one of those days. All I can say, it's just you know, it'll evolve hour by hour, nothing may happen. But something could basically what you're saying. Is you picked a bad day to quit sniffing glue. I'm just kidding. Chris hasn't quit Smith and. Three seven one three eighty five eighty five your questions ready to go and Chuck is on the line. Check your on with crispier, go right ahead. Chuck L, Chuck. Yeah. Jack. I don't I have chucked question. And it's a good one. But I don't know if it's a meteorological question Chuck said, why doesn't Colorado do more desert landscape instead of dumping water into the landscape, and that's a legit question. Don't you think Chris? I do. Yeah. I mean, you know, water is precious here and our population is exploding. We talked in the last half hour. We are basically the only state other than Hawaii where no water comes here it all leaves. And so thus, you know, if you look at water rights and water law and all the issues back to the eighteen hundreds it's complicated. The bottom line is what we have is limited. And when you get into a drought to mother nature's not providing year, even more limited. So I absolutely, you know, in in a fan of desert landscaping, I will say this though, I don't have the money to tear up my yard right now and landscape it for a desert, it's expensive to do that. You know? I don't know if it's desert landscaping because honestly, okay? My brother lives in Vegas. It is so ugly. Chris I every time I go visit him. I'm like, why do you live here? It's just I I don't I don't like that. So I don't necessarily want to live in that desert landscape, but more zero escaping where we were using the native plants and using the native grasslands instead of trying to force beautiful lawns, you know, that may not necessarily naturally grow here. Yeah. I agree. Totally. You know, the where you're out on your hands and knees with scissors, the grass up with your neighbor, you know, that kind of thing a quick trip to your local garden center. I'm telling you, I have learned more local garden centers about native plants, and what likes water what what needs lots. What doesn't what needs morning sun? What does it? I mean. It's fascinating guitar. I agree. And I think that I don't understand why that hasn't been more of a. An area of concentration, although I will tell you. They're building a bunch of new houses near my house that I walked the dog by and the landscaping those houses is a lot different than the landscaping in the older part of the neighborhood to to your point. They're starting to use more rock formations where they're not gonna have as much greenery if they do have a lawn. It's very very small. So I think maybe we're moving to that. Now as people are looking for something that they don't have to worry about because I'll tell you when we go on those watering restrictions in the summer, it's expensive because if your lawn takes a beating and weeds take you've got to replace the whole dang thing. It's not good. Not good at all. Okay. Let's go back to the phones here. Marcy your own with crispier. Go right ahead. I have two questions for you. Chris the first one will be simple one. What is the difference between a high tornado, and what we used to call a blow down or is there? A different a high tornado or a blow down I'm explaining more. Okay. Okay. Well, okay. You were talking about the tornado hitting mount Evans, it used to be when you go into an area of highlight that where a bunch of trees had fallen over. You know, they have been blown down at once. We called him a blow down. Okay. Yeah. That is a real thing. There's a very infamous one in route county here. I can't remember if it was the ninety s or the early two thousands, but it blew down an incredible amount of trees. What's the difference is meteorologically what's happening with the blow down as whatever's going on in your storm? You have this gigantic pocket of air that just rushes to the ground, and spreads outward and everything in its path blows over whereas tornado, you've got this very concentrated spinning circulation. That's going across the landscape. And really the only thing that's harmed is what's in the direct path of the tornado. Does that make sense? Yes. So separate thing Jack because there was a blow down what we used to call hardscrabble. Okay. Down by west cliff? Yes. Back in the seventies was huge. My second question is or could you said this organization she were talking about that Mazars participant. I can't it. Participate is pervasive. Was formed after the big Thompson pled how does that what does the role relevant? So that I mean, I I don't understand knowing how much water was the data for. How's that gonna prevent that flood? So the Fort Collins flood, not the big Thompson. But but the flood of ninety seven in Fort Collins, so yeah, big Thompson was a different event in the late seventies. But. Yeah. So this was a ninety seven they had a big. Here's what happened in a very very very small area of southwest. Fort Collins, a foot of rainfall and the only weather station in Fort Collins is not even in Fort Collins is the Fort Collins Loveland airport, which is to the south of the city of Fort Collins. So the state climatologist at the time said, you know, our current precipitation monitoring network is basically tied to airports. So you have the Greeley airport. You have the Fort Collins Loveland airport DIA will what about all the space in between. And so he says what we need is a high density network of rain gauges where people report the twenty four hour precipitation, but they also have a mechanism to report in real time should something big happening at their place. And so he got got funding, and they put these rain gauges around Fort Collins and coca Roz grew from that. So confused and told that man that it wasn't in real time. And I thought well. What good is it? Happened the day before right? The the maps you look at are not real time there the previous day, but the observers all have a way to dial up their local weather service and say holy cow. I just got five inches of rain and forty minutes. You've got to put out a flash flood warning. Or, you know, let the people know. So there's definitely a way there's a real time aspect to it. In addition. I just didn't mention that earlier. So okay. Thank you. No problem. Thank you. Marcy. I just got.

Coming up next