Grand County Weather & Snow Reports

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link focusing on Grand Lake from the National Weather Service.

loop video from satellite giving you the Big Picture.

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Summer envelops us with her abundance.

Welcome to Grand County from Top of Berthoud Pass, welcome to the Western Slope curving off in the distance to Grand Lake.

Elk gather for a powwow in a huge meadow over hidden lakes of water below the rich soils watered from Ages of Ice. Scroll down to zoom in on the elk.

Grand County powwow.

Scroll down to look upstream this stretch of the Colorado River below the Shadow Mountain Dam.

Scroll down to see the Double A Barn where Peper O'Donnell Super Dog just became Grand County's Grand Dog

Dogs day out by the Double A Barn.  Peper is above the tail in the middle. Scroll down for more fall scenes.  Elk beds line the river.

Heading up Road 4 into the splendor.
Scroll down to see Lake Granby from a nearby hill.

Into the woods we go . . .

A quick moving reminder that winter will come.  Click here for our Let it Snow and be ready for a jolly winter check list.

Saturday, September 24, 2016 . . .

Far northwest corner of Grand Lake's golf course and 500 acres of Rec District land.

Final holes of the eve . . .  When winter comes, this landscape becomes cross country ski trails as shown below.

Friday, September 9: Aspen in Trail Creek Estates.

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Ruff at lakeside party . . .

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13,500' Arapaho Peak making its own weather along the eastern-most projection of The Continental Divide.



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Grand Lake Village is about 8400' high (2570 meters).
The lake surface is kept at 8369'; homes a few miles away can be several hundred feet higher.
Latitude = 40.25 North; Longitude = 105.85 West.

The best prognosticator of our weather is the serpentine Jet Stream.
A huge amount of moisture is carried in this lofty stream. When it is
flows over Colorado, we get lots of rain and snow. Often a high pressure
dome in Utah causes the jet stream to arch far to the north of Colorado.
Our precipitation (if any) is then quick (with rain and rainbows) and
concentrated around our higher ridges and peaks. Climate models for the
northern Colorado Mountains are remarkably uncertain. There is a well
understood branch of the jet stream through Montana and Yellowstone
National Park in northern Wyoming. There is also a predictable branch
through Arizona and southern Colorado. We are between these branches
and in a very difficult to predict area. Our weather is often the inverse of
what is occurring in Denver and Boulder; media reports on Colorado are
often quite misleading for Grand County.

For our high and rugged setting, our weather is remarkably sunny. We have
deep, verdant forests and enough snow in the winter to give Winter Park,
Colorado the highest ten year average for snow among all of Colorado's ski
resorts. How do we manage to sneak in enough rain and snow to fill our lakes
and water our forests and yet provide hundreds of beautiful days for relaxing,
skiing and snowmobiling? The key is our unique location on the west slope of
the Continental Divide where it projects further to the east than anywhere else
in North America. Arapaho Peak defines this eastern most projection.

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