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Dreaded Dust Layer

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Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Jesse Peterson » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:06 pm

Just curious how much of the 4 Corners' dirt arrived throughout the state with this last storm. CAIC reported a 'significant' dust event in the San Juans. No dust here in the Mosquitos, but not much snow either.

How did other parts of the state fare? Did anyone else not get any dust?
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Dorje1018 » Tue Mar 22, 2011 6:15 pm

< 4 mile visibility in Durango yesterday.
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Jim Davies » Tue Mar 22, 2011 7:32 pm

It got very murky yesterday afternoon here in Colorado Springs. I was sure it was smoke from a fire until I read about the dust in today's paper.
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Easy Rider » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:10 pm

This was yesterday afternoon in Silverton
This was not snow coming in...
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Good afternoon,

This morning's wind storm has turned into the annual ugly dust storm.
Our skies became clogged and dingy around 2pm. (see pix)
This afternoon SE winds (Putney has shown SW) have averaged 50's, gusts 70's
& 80's (latest Abram gust was 95).
Winds are expected to continue into the night. Snowfall arrives this


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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby DurangoJenn » Tue Mar 22, 2011 8:18 pm

Durango was awful yesterday. I couldn't see the La Platas for most of the day (and I can almost always see Silver Peak from my house) and could hardly see Perins Peak and Hogsback.

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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby gb » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:58 am

The sky looked bad on Monday here in Crested Butte, and I feared the worst but... skiing yesterday it appeared that we largely dodged the bullet. Some dust for sure, but not season-ending by any means. Fingers remain crossed as more SW storms roll in.

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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby gdthomas » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:09 am

None in Vail as far as I can tell.

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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Oman » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:26 am

No dust I could find on Berthoud Pass the past two days. Nine inches of fresh, though.

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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Magnum420 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 1:19 pm

Havnt seen much dust in summit county.
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby mrburns » Wed Mar 23, 2011 4:00 pm

Haven't seen any at the Beav. Lots of good snow today though. :D
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Jim Davies » Wed Mar 23, 2011 7:19 pm

Likewise at Loveland today. If there was any dust, it's been smothered under 6" of snow the past two days.
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Re: Dreaded Dust Layer

Postby Mark A Steiner » Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:11 pm

'Tis that time of the year. I have noticed fine dust periodically since middle of last week in Lakewood. The winds didn't get nasty along Front Range until Monday; now of course, there is the Golden Gate Canyon fire adding to the uncertain dry aromas from elsewhere. Remember how bad the Moenkopi dust was last year across the San Juans.

Looks like another Spring 2002 is shaping up. I still have pits on windows of my Cherokee from blowing dust and sand along the US 160 Navajo Trail between Four Corners and Kayenta from 2002 sand storms. Another bad area for loose blowing dust is the Painted Desert area north and east of Cameron, Arizona.

You will recall 2002 was also the year of the Hayman and Missionary Ridge wildfires, and numerous smaller conflagrations.
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