Fire and snow. Must be spring in Colorado.

By: MrMixon , 3:18 AM GMT on March 23, 2013

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Really hate seeing pictures like this coming out of Colorado in March...

1348-acre Galena Fire, just west of Fort Collins.


Yeesh, that was close...


Click here for more photos of the Galena Fire

The good news is no homes were lost and they have the fire 100% contained. Plus we've got precip coming down right now...






We've gotten about an inch so far this evening. It tapered off for about an hour but it's picked back up again.

One cool side-effect of the fire is this...

NASA just released the first images from the Landsat Data Continuity Mission (LDCM) satellite, which was launched Feb. 11, and the very first image they're sharing is of Colorado (good choice, NASA!).

I had posted yesterday about the much-too-early-in-the-season Galena Fire outside of Fort Collins. The new Landsat images feature the brand new burn scar from the fire. The false-color image below uses the green band plus two infrared bands and clearly shows the scar in red:


(Click the image above to go to NASA's press release, where you can see a larger image and use a slider to compare the natural color vs false color versions)

And a couple more on-the-ground photos for context (both looking across Horsetooth Reservoir, which is the elongated water body just east of the fire scar and is noted on the Landsat image):



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1. MrMixon
3:43 AM GMT on March 27, 2013
We ended up with about 10" from this last system.

There are a few showers spreading over the northern mountains right now and maybe some sprinkles/flurries out on the plains.



It was a pretty big melt day for Nederland today. Temps pushed 60 degrees in some foothills locations while temps down in the Boulder/Denver barely broke 50 in some areas. Inversion, I guess.

Does anyone know if there a graphic I can look at to quantify the presence/extent of an inversion?
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