• Power outages affect DMEA customers
  • More snow forecasted for Western Slope
  • Shepherds get minimum wage increase
  • Hickenlooper says Colorado open to Syrian refugees
  • Local control over oil and gas development considered

  • Colorado Health Insurance Co­op no longer able to sell insurance for next year
  • Federal grants help coal economies
  • Large grant helps private well owners get their water tested
  • More snow than average predicted for southern Colorado
  • KVNF Annual Meeting results

  • The chief of police for the City of Delta was put on administrative leave
  • Ouray County courthouse gets needed upgrades to security
  • Possibly record breaking El Nino will bring fall rains
  • A talk with outgoing supreme court justice about the importance of water

  • Wildfires create hazy conditions in Colorado
  • Federal coal program debated at BLM session in Golden
  • Delta selects firm for city manager search
  • Black Canyon Jet Center in Montrose files federal complaint
  • Fungus affects cottonwood trees in Aspen, Roaring Fork

This year's El Niño is shaping up to be a whopper — potentially surpassing the one in 1997, which was the strongest on record, the National Weather Service says.

That could be good news for drought-stricken California, but not-so-good for places such as the Philippines and Indonesia, which typically experience below-normal rainfall or drought conditions during El Niños.

Lightning strikes have killed at least 20 people in the U.S. so far this year, according to the National Weather Service. That's higher than the average for recent years, the service says.

Most people who are injured or killed by lightning, it turns out, are not struck directly — instead, the bolt lands nearby.

That's what happened to Steve Marshburn in 1969. He was working inside a bank and says lightning somehow made its way through an ungrounded speaker at the drive-through window to the stool where he was sitting.


  • Marijuana grow operation shut down near Cedaredge
  • Unusual July brings cold temps, rain for rest of summer
  • DMEA reacts to outages over past week
  •  A push for solar in Colorado's North Fork Valley
Suze Smith

Host Jill Spears chats with gardeners Lulu Volkhausen & Lance Swigart about spring chores, wetter-than-normal weather, and more. They also take a few calls.


  • Marijuana tax refund might go to voters
  • Montrose County sued over airport, again
  • State bill could help rural communities
  • Program seeds clouds for snow over Grand Mesa
  • Forecast calls for above average rainfall
  • Fetal homicide bill clears Senate


  • Delta passed curfew law
  • Bill reducing window to sue over building defects advances in Senate
  • Delta County Memorial Hospital seeks to extend federal payments
  • Warm weather to continue on Western Slope

Host Jill Spears chats with gardener Wind Clearwater about the early spring, and what to expect from area gardens this season.

It's official: 2014 was the hottest year on record.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center crunched the numbers and came to this conclusion:


  • Aircraft crashes in Mesa County
  • Bomb detonates outside NAACP office in Colorado Springs
  • A look at the past year’s weather and next year’s climate
  • State legislature starts new session
  • Colorado’s US Senators introduce energy bill

Nowadays, when there's a killer heat wave or serious drought somewhere, people wonder: Is this climate change at work? It's a question scientists have struggled with for years. And now there's a new field of research that's providing some answers. It's called "attribution science" — a set of principles that allow scientists to determine when it's a change in climate that's altering weather events ... and when it isn't.

Storms in Mesa County caused flooding, road closures and debris flows Monday. 

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction reported the area got over an inch of rain. 

Forecaster Tom Renwich, with the weather service, said Mesa, Delta and Montrose counties experienced a surge of monsoonal moisture that caused thunderstorms, storm winds, and flash flooding.

"Here at the airport we officially got 1.15 inches of rain," Renwick said. "The pervious record before that was .68 inches and that was set back in 1897."


  • Grand Junction Police Dropping Stolen Monkey Investigation
  • Small Hydro Plant near Silverton First to be exempt from Federal Permits
  • Study Says Many Public Lands in Colorado Aren’t Accessible
  • Conservation Groups Fighting Fees for Uphill Skiers, Coasters at Ski Resorts
  • A Major Winter Storm this week could affect our weather into next summer
  • Volunteers Gather to Wrap Christmas Presents for Those in Need
Julia Kumari-Drapkin/KVNF

Dallas and June Harding are regulars on the Almanac, but most of their daily weather observations you'll see there date back to the late 1980s.

That's because those entires were transcribed from the journals June started keeping in 1985, when she and Dallas moved to their current home at the Harding Ranch near the base of Coal Mountain. I recently paid the Hardings a visit to talk about how they got involved with the iSeeChange project, and how journaling has played a role in their lives and the lives of previous generations.

Travis Bubenik, KVNF

If you've followed the weather for even the past few days, daily whether predications have been pretty, well, predictable: sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon, a chance of rain as the day wears on and the sun starts to drop.

The Monsoon season has arrived in Colorado, the annual time when hot, high pressure in the atmosphere moves east across the Continental Divide and cool, moist air comes trailing in behind it. It's a reliable weather pattern, but exactly how reliable? 


  • Ouray County Officials Aim to Bring in New Tax Revenue
  • Delta County Property Values Fall Dramatically
  • Monsoon Rains Lead to Fire Restrictions in San Juan National Forest
  • iSeeChange Report – The Not-So-Simple Science of Monsoon Forecasting
"P Kaech" via

Last week, users on the Almanac reported seeing the summer's first sunflowers. One user was surprised to see the flowers were blooming already. 

University of Maryland Biology Professor David Inouye says the early blooming season probably has to do with the warmer weather as of late. Inouye spends his summers studying flowers at the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory near Crested Butte. His current project involves looking at how the timing of flowering and abundance of flowering at changing. 


  • Search For Dylan Redwine Continues
  • Hotckiss Firm Wins Beetle Kill Harvest Contract
  • iSeeChange: Weather Boosts Bumper Fruit Crop
  • Dry Weather Limits Skier Access
  • Aurora City Just Says No To Pot Prosecutions
  • Cell Tower Approved Near Norwood Schools
  • Idaho Springs Tunnels Restricted This Week


  • Warmer Than Normal Winter Forecast
  • Small Theaters Struggle With Digital Transition