by Maggie Sefton
Well, that blizzard two weeks ago may have been a bust, but last week we got a Real Colorado snowstorm. Not a blizzard, but thanks to Winter Storms Xerces and Yogi, we had three days of snow, accumulating TWO feet in Fort Collins, over that in Denver suburbs, and four feet in the High Country. Yay!! So this photo actually is more accurate for this post.
Now, our snowpack is almost completely back to normal. That's important because the mountain snowpack is how we get our water in the West. The mountain snowpack melts in May and flows into our mountain streams and rivers then into our reservoirs. And it provides lots of recreational opportunities, like white water rafting and the dangerous and challenging kayaking. Our Cache La Poudre River which flows out of the gorgeous Natural Wilderness canyon of the same name on the northern edge of our city is classified as a Class 5 Kayaking river (6 being the most dangerous).
Those wonderful snow days last week allowed a lot of us to hunker in and let it storm. That suited me fine, because
I'm busily writing #12 in the Kelly Flynn mysteries which is due in June and will be published in June of 2014. So I was happy to stay inside and write. And the sunny balmy days following melted ALL THAT SNOW by Sunday. Honest. Of course, this week we've got another snowstorm. Started on Monday and continues into Tuesday. Is this Winter Storm Zeke? We've run out of alphabet, but who knows if we've run out of storms. :)
By the way. . . #11 in the Kelly Flynn Mysteries, CLOSE KNIT KILLER, will be released this June. More on that in the upcoming weeks.