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Spring Arrives With A Wet Outlook For Colorado

The northern hemisphere will officially welcome the new season at 4:45 p.m. MDT on Friday, Mar. 20.

03/20/2015

People in Sweden watch a display of Aurora Borealis, the northern lights, in August 2006. The northern lights occur in a circular band around the geomagnetic north pole, otherwise known as the northern lights oval. It is a result of the atmosphere shielding the earth against solar particles which would otherwise make the planet uninhabitable. On their way down towards the geomagnetic poles, the solar particles are stopped by Earth's atmosphere, which acts as an effective shield against these deadly particles. When the solar particles are stopped by the atmosphere, they collide with the atmospheric gases present, and the collision energy between the solar particle and the gas molecule is emitted as a photon - a light particle. And when you have many such collisions, you have an aurora - lights that may seem to move across the sky. (credit: SVEN NACKSTRAND/AFP/Getty Images)

Major Solar Storm Could Bring Northern Lights To Denver Tonight

A geomagnetic storm that began on Sunday, Mar. 15 was being felt on Earth Tuesday in the form of fluctuations to power grids and producing the infamous northern lights.

03/17/2015

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NOAA Declares El Niño, But Spring Impacts To Colorado Uncertain

El Niño is a warming of sea surface temperatures in the western and central Pacific Ocean which can have an impact on global climate patterns.

03/05/2015

CBS4 Meteorologist Chris Spears talks with climatologist Klaus Wolter at NOAA. (credit: CBS)

Historic November Storm Won’t Have Bearing On Entire Winter

Record cold temperatures for a week stretch makes this arctic blast historic for Colorado, but scientists say it’s too early to tell how the entire winter forecast will shape up.

11/12/2014

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Forecasting Lessons Learned After Colorado’s Devastating 2013 Flood

After a devastating weather event like the September 2013 flash flood, a lot of time is spent evaluating the performance of agencies directly involved with getting information to the public, such as the National Weather Service.

09/12/2014

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Program That Tracks Snowpack Is In Trouble

The Natural Resources Conservation Service is facing some budget cuts and what may go is monitoring the snow,

11/20/2013

CBS4's Shaun Boyd talks with scienttist Klaus Wolter with the NOAA (credit: CBS)

NOAA Scientists Looking At Link Between Flooding And Climate Change

It’s ironic and convenient they are located in Boulder where the flood did some of its worst damage. They are analyzing all the data to determine whether this is truly the 100-year flood or brought on by climate change.

09/27/2013

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Nederland Residents Hope For Quick Repairs In Boulder Canyon

Nederland residents attended a community meeting on Tuesday where the issue of accessibility to and from the community was the main focus.

09/18/2013

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Study Finds Anglers Are Most Vulnerable To A Lightning Strike

New research from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder shows the majority of lightning deaths happen during outdoor leisure activities.

06/24/2013

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Right Or Wrong, The Fiscal Cliff Is A Deep Drop-Off

As we approach Thanksgiving and members of Congress travel over the river and through the woods, they may find themselves emerging from the woods at the edge of the cliff.

11/14/2012

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