National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

5:30am

Fri July 4, 2014
Weather Nerding

July Outlook Wet For Colorado, But It's Not Because Of El Niño

The July precipitation outlook shows a chance for greater than average rainfall across Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountains
National Weather Service

Coloradans may be thankful they don't live in hurricane country, as our Independence Day forecast looks mostly sunny.

That dry weather may not last, however. According to projections from the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center, July – typically the start of monsoon season – is likely to be wetter than average. It's also supposed to be slightly cooler than normal. Five of Denver's warmest July's have occurred in the past decade, with the warmest ever July taking place in 2012.

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9:09am

Tue May 27, 2014
Energy

Methane, VOCs The Target Of Colorado's New Regulations

Gary Graham with Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates compares how methane emissions at drilling sites can be seen with infrared technology.
Dan Boyce Inside Energy

Starting in May, new regulations begin to go into effect in Colorado to cap methane emissions from oil and gas drilling sites. These regulations could prove to be a model for the rest of the country.

The measures are also groundbreaking because of the rare collaboration between industry, environmentalists and state leaders which led to the rules.

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8:44am

Sat May 10, 2014
Environment

Oil And Gas Methane Emissions Triple Previous Estimates

A drilling rig and associated equipment near a neighborhood in Weld County, Colorado, just south of Dacono.
Credit David Oonk / CIRES

As new restrictions on methane emissions for Colorado’s Oil and Gas Industry begin, a collaborative study by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the University of Colorado and the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Studies reveals those emissions are three times as high than originally thought.

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12:19pm

Sun March 2, 2014
Environment

Why Colorado Ranks Fifth In Lightning Damage Nationally

Lightning is a leading cause of storm related deaths in the United States.
Credit hipgnosis vision/Flickr Creative Commons

Warmer weather is coming, and that means thunderstorms. A new Google Map from the U.S. Geological Survey visualizes county-by-county data on lightning damage frequency. Northern Colorado's Front Range is a major target, and it's not just a coincidence.

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12:32pm

Fri December 13, 2013
(Christmas) Science

What Are The Odds Of A Colorado White Christmas?

NOAA Climate.gov NCDC

With Christmas on the way, thoughts are turning to sleigh bells, hot chocolate, and jolly old Saint Nick. While there’s still a bit of snow on the ground from the last round of storms, what are the chances we’ll have an inch or more by Dec. 25?

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