Wednesday, April 22, 2009

The Jet Stream, Mid-April Snowstorm

Usually by this time in the spring, the Jet Stream has moved north to at least the Colorado border, and it has become weaker. April and May and most of June in New Mexico are dry and windy, until the Monsoon arrives in late June or early July. Thus, although April is often a snowy month in the Northern Rockies, the Southern Rockies and the Central Mountians of New Mexico rarely get any precipitation at all.
This year is an unsual one for weather patterns, and the Jet Stream was located down along the Mexican border this past weekend, pulling a wild and woolly snowstorm into the Northern Rockies, the Southern Rockies, the Colorado Plateau and the Central Mountain chains of New Mexico.
It was beautiful, but we are looking for SPRING! On Sunday morning I put the snow shovel away until October, I hope!
Friday morning, April 17, 2009.
Friday afternoon, April 17, 2009.
Friday evening, April 17, 2009.
Saturday morning, April 18, 2009, Pre-dawn.
Saturday morning walk, April 18, 2009.
Sunday morning, April 19, 2009

After the storm departed during the wee hours Saturday, it became clear and warmer. By Saturday afternoon, the snow was gone and it was hard to remember that it had been there at all. The weather has become warm and sunny. Normal for this time and this place!


christinemm said...

Oh my gosh if it snowed here like that I would hate it. I am so ready for spring it is ridiculous.

Yet it is raw in CT. In mid 50's yesterday but raw and overcast and foggy and dark.

Our temps have ranged from daytime temps of 41 to 70 from cold to humid to spring-smelling to winter-feeling. I want warm spring breezes and sunny skies with puffy white clouds. Maybe we'll have that in May?

Your photos are lovely!

Elisheva Hannah Levin said...

What is so weird about our weather is that by Tuesday it was 70 degrees and sunny! So we are finally getting some decent spring weather, but I have heard it is going to get colder again over the weekend!