December Fire at 10000 Feet in Colorado

More for the anecdotes file.

Among the most disturbing features of the ongoing US drought is the presence of wildfires in a location that normally would be snow-covered at this time of year.

The fire in Estes Park, which started in October from an illegal campfire, is burning at altitudes of 8,000 to 10,000 feet, on peaks that should be covered in snow right now.

The fire more than doubled in size on Saturday morning after 70 mile-per-hour winds swept through the area, forcing the evacuation of about 600 residences nearby, said Don Ferguson, a spokesman for the National Park Service.

This is the only map I could find of the current fire zone, dated Nov 30; as I understand it the zone has expanded.

Unusually high temperatures are widespread in North America. According to maps, New England, Montreal, and Ottawa are also snow-free at the moment, which is highly unusual for this time of year.

Whistler is whistling but it looks like most other ski resorts are not off to a good start.

As has been widely reported already, the US is essentially certain to record its warmest calendar year ever by a margin that is strikingly outside background variation.

As always, we’re interested in weird weather where you are. Let us know.


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