And I don't mean a weather change, I mean a fundamental climate change, as in what you used to know is getting thrown out the window, a complete change in expectations of what weather and climate are like, I'm pretty damn convinced global climate concerns are for real kind of thing.
Colorado has a reputation for a few things: weed, teams that choke during the frickin' Super Bowl, and most of all mountains and dry climate. Weather patterns most typically come from the Northwest or Southwest and are intercepted by the mountains, meaning that the Eastern High Plains stay dry, arid and humidity-free all year. And as people from the areas that happen to lie Northwest and Southwest of Colorado (i.e., Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming) can tell you, those weather patterns don't come very often at all. What used to bring rain and winter typically either sneaks past the mountains directly from the North, East or South, or simply overpowers their way by brute force over the mountains (which is why when it does rain or snow, it really rains or snows).
At least that's what it used to be like.
Image from KCNC CBS 4 News Denver via ABC World News Tonight. Topshot from KDVR Fox 31 Denver.
Lately - and by that I mean about since 2012 or 2011, maybe earlier - it seems that the state's been much, much wetter year-round. Especially this year, when I don't think we've seen a solid week of rainfall or at least heavy cloud cover since the end of April. I don't think we'll be getting those 320 or so days of sunshine this year. Allergen counts have not only been through the roof, but consistently so - what used to be an allergy sufferer's paradise isn't a fun place anymore. I think before much longer, Colorado will completely lose its arid climate altogether. I don't know what that would entail exactly, but maybe someone smarter than me in climatology can fill in on what's right and what's wrong.