Saturday, April 16, 2011

2011 - February 25th - Grand Mesa Winter Storm

I was working on a story at work that required some good snow footage, so I decided to head up to Grand Mesa during a nice winter storm warning. While I didn't make it all the way to the top of the mesa due to personally-administered time constraints, I was able to get some good views in.

The weather was actually quite nice in the valley and even on the drive until I reached Powderhorn, then it began to snow... and the rate of precipitation increased as I ascended the switchbacks on the north side of the mesa.

Anyway, here are a few shots I took while out. Captions as necessary.

This one is my favorite.

Snow on the distant Roan Cliffs with light coming into the Plateau Valley in front of them.

Chalk Mountain catching late-day sun through the snow.

PS: I don't really consider this a "storm chase", even though my definition is to "deviate from one's path to pursue a storm" I try to keep it convective.
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Pat Boomer said...

Very nice, I agree on the fave.
There is a mysterious deep area in the light in the distance.

Dann Cianca said...

Hey Boomer, that mysterious area is actually light coming across the Grand Valley. If you look at any of my Grand Mesa pictures taken from the Monument, you can see a lower area between the Book Cliffs/Mount Garfield and the Grand Mesa. That's where the light sneaks through.