From the plains to the plateaus and the high mountains in between, Colorado’s climate is amazingly varied and complex. Even in the mountains the climate varies every mile — affected by elevation, slope, aspect and distance and direction from mountain ranges. Many of these variations are visibly apparent as we travel about the state and contribute to the beauty of our State. With our location in the mid latitudes close to 40 degree N, we see extremely large day to day and seasonal changes. Thanks to over a century of dedicated weather observing in many parts of the Colorado, climatologists have a pretty good idea of how the climate varies with elevation and location.
Nolan Doesken will provide a background on what the key factors are that produce our climate. Examples of Colorado precipitation, temperature, humidity and wind patterns will be shown and historic trends will be discussed. Then we will assess why the climate varies from year to year and why long-range climate prediction is difficult. Finally, we will describe the important link between climate and water supplies.
Nolan Doesken has been at Colorado State University with the Colorado Climate Center since 1977 serving as State Climatologist since his appointment in 2006.
If you go…
What: “Colorado’s Amazing Climate”
Who: Nolan Doesken, State Climatologist Colorado State University
When: Feb 28, 6:30pm
Where: Avon Public Library