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.

loop video color-enhanced to show Water: the staff of life.

  Your weather page is becoming an almanac. For a one week forecast, use the National Weather Service link at the top.

Click here for Winter Park and Mary Jane Snow Report.

April 11, 2015: first boat out on Lake Granby. A second boat was launched right after this one.

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Scroll down to see the ice opening up on the main part of the lake.

As the morning sun opens up the plates of ice, all sorts of sounds and murmurings are heard.

Snow showers over the mountains. Along the Western Slopes of the Continental Divide, one has the pleasure of seeing clouds develop and strengthen.
On the east side, the air heats up as it descends a mile or more to the Great Plains, expands and disappears from view.

March 29, 2015: View to Arapaho Peak from a small island on Lake Granby. Scroll down for lakefront bird houses.

Click on photo to see the big lakefront home with this setting.

March 24, 2014: March gives us a last roar before she ends as a lamb. Click on Columbine Lake above to visit the lakefront home with this view.

Kite skiing one Lake Granby. Scroll down for closer views of the action.

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End of another glorious day in the mountains.

Snow showers over Shadow Mountain Lake.

March 21, 2015: view to the Indian Peaks over Rainbow Bay of Lake Granby. Click on the scene to explore a cabin site a few steps away.

Meeting on the lake in early March. Click here or on the scene above to explore the lakefront home with this view.

Click on the scene above to learn how this can be the setting for your home overlooking a huge lake and Colorado's high country.

March 7, 2015: ice fishing contest in full swing on Grand Lake. Scroll down to see more to the right below Shadow Mountain.

March! In like a lion, out like a lamb. Shown above. Byers Peak in early March.

March 5, 2015: channel to Grand Lake. Click on photo or here to explore the home with the ducks swimming by its boat dock.

March 5, 2015: Never Summer Mountains in Rocky Mountain National Park.  Click on photo or here to explore the lakefront home with this view.

Full moon rising ...

Mount Bryant with lots of fresh snow.

More weather responding to Mount Bryant and the thousand foot higher ridges behind.

In the Winter one dreams of Summer. Maybe all critters do so, even plants.

Saturday, February 7, 2015: Snowmobile races on Grand Lake. Scroll down to see vintage machines and much more.

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Scroll down to see snowman making in the town square up to the right.

Scroll down to see the white streets of Grand Lake.

South end of Shadow Mountain Lake. Scroll down to see more to the left.

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Scroll down for ice fishing scenes on Lake Granby. Image above is where the fishing canal spills into Shadow Mountain Lake.

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Dawn along the Eastern Rim of Middle Park

Sunbeams Awaken Misty Valleys

Thursday, January 22, 2015: Mount Baldy reflected in open water where the channel from Shadow Mountain Lake
enters Grand Lake. There have been reports of Bald Eagles standing as tall as penguins along the edge of the ice.

Ready for snow and dreaming of summer.



We have our own channel now to bring Grand Lake to you.

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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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