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Ride the waves--even if they glow in the dark

March 31, 2006

Yesterday, the winds picked up over the Rockies, and whipped across the Front Range.  Wind speeds in Colorado around 25 mph, as we saw, aren’t so unusual, especially this time of year. Sometimes, they are dumping snow, as happened 110 years ago today. Winds of the exact speed and direction dumped 7 inches of snow on old Denver. That wasn’t much, compared to the storm in 1988, where the winds gusted at 30 mph, and the sky dropped over a foot of snow on the metro area. Yes, March weather can be interesting in Colorado. We like to say, “March comes in like a lion, and leaves like a lion.” We don’t really expect any lamb-like weather until May. Although ferocious, lions are beautiful creatures. Likewise, yesterday’s winds churned the waters at Standley Lake, down the street from my house:

Ride the waves...

For a full size image, click here. The winds were strong, and nearly blew me down the shore, but it was a small price to pay to get this photo. Off in the distance, you can see the Flatirons of Boulder, one of my favorite hiking spots. There’s a little cloud near the foothills to the left of the Flatirons; that’s a bit of dust being whipped around in the wind.

Just to the west of Standley Lake, about where that dust cloud is, there is a new wildlife refuge, covering over 6,000 acres. The area is home to many species:

  • Preble’s Meadow Jumping Mouse and other small mammals
  • Resident Mule & Whitetail deer populations
  • Black-tailed Jack Rabbit, Black Tailed Prairie Dogs
  • Painted turtle, Prairie Rattlesnake
  • Red tailed hawks, Northern Harrier, Peregrine Falcon
  • Western Meadowlark, Killdeer, Yellow Warbler

None of these animals really seem to mind that the site (Rocky Flats) was once used to build plutonium triggers for nuclear weapons. I suppose that, like me, they’re just glad they don’t do it anymore. Some folks are concerned with the cleanup over at the Flats, but I’m not one of them. I don’t own property here, but I grew up drinking the water out of Standley Lake. (This was even before they built a reservoir to keep sediments from washing in off the Rocky Flats site.)

Some say that I probably already glow in the dark, but I don’t consider it as much a danger as driving or smoking. I’m pretty confident that the scientists are monitoring the situation as closely as possible. They finished clearing out the site in 2005, and recently paid off a bunch of folks whose property was damaged by the plants. (Or, at least, paid off their lawyers.) Even when elevated levels are reported, they’ve caused more panic than anything. A hawk rides the winds over the lakeNo one has been able to find any increase in health risks associated with Rocky Flats… and they’ve checked.

I guess I don’t mind… Let them panic over what they do not understand, and run away, leaving this area to the birds.

Thanks to the NOAA for climate history and the FWS for the list of species.