Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Colorado Chronicles : The Bizzard of 2003

 When living in the mountains west of Denver, I saw some pretty bad snowstorms, the worst of which dropped 54 inches of snow on my front yard. That one's a piker compared to the big blast in 2003. The Blizzard of 2003 stands as one of the worst snowstorms in Colorado History. For instance, my good friend Doreen Bob and her family were living in a town called Rollinsville (elev. about 8200 ft.) near where I lived at one time. They got eighty-seven, that's 87(!) inches of snow from this storm. She showed me some pictures of the aftermath and cars were completely buried in snow. Street signs disappeared under snow. Houses (including my Mom's a few miles away) had snow blocking all ground level doorways. It took my Step Dad three days to clear a path from their front door to the street. For the area around Rollinsville-Nederland-Central City and Metro Denver, it took over 1000 workers one week to clear the roads. Amazing. Denver International Airport was shut down as were most business due to the enormous amount of snow. So the next time you think you've got it bad, think of those folks in Colorado held hostage by Jack Frost. Then, you'll realize whatever weather-related inconveniences that got you down ain't so bad.
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