The Meltdown

Equipment Info
SONY DSLR-A700
State/Province/Region
CO
Country
US
Nearest Area
North Cheyenne Canyon
Town
Colorado Springs
Brief Directions

Follow Cheyenne Road West to North Cheyenne Canyon.

Notes

ISO 100, f22, 1/4 sec., Focal Length 35 (52 equivalent0 mm.

Description

Over the past couple of weeks Colorado Springs experienced considerable snowfalls accumulating well over a foot in some areas of the city. Compared to Boston and the east coast this seems minor. The interesting thing was that our snow is usually very dry and powdery but this was a high moisture content snow. That is good as we depend on these snows for our water supply especially when they fall in the mountains and fill our reservoirs during the spring run-off. By 12 March 2015 there was almost no appreciable snow left in the majority of the city so I went to the southwest edge of town into North Cheyenne Canyon, a steep walled narrow canyon with a creek and little sunshine. Its higher elevations also stay cooler and so I expected to find some remaining melting snow. Sloshing through about 8-10 inches of this snow brought me to North Cheyenne Creek where the melting snow had created a fair flow in the creek. I set up my gear and caught this image of the meltdown. The snowiest month of the year in Colorado Springs is traditionally March with the second being April. Those are the months when we usually get our wettest snows. Although our "winter" will extend into April, maybe even May, this meltdown of February and Early March snows seemed to represent a release of winter's grip or at least an interlude until spring's grip arrives.

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Date Added
March 13, 2015
Date Taken
March 13, 2015
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