Same Day in March

‍Classroom name: Duer, Kirlin, Sund, Renner
Grade level: 2nd
City, State/Province: Golden, Colorado USA
Zip or Postal Code: 80403

Contact's email address: lpolacse@jeffco.k12.co.us

Date you joined: February 2014
What happened with your weather in the past week or so?
We have had a crazy winter. It is snowing a lot in the mountains. Here in Golden we sit at the base of the foothills. This is basically the gateway to the Rocky Mountains from the Denver area. It has been cold here with snow coming nearly every day in February. Just a few inches, but enough to make it really feel like winter this year. This week began with fog over the area. This is not something we see a lot in Colorado, but the area was socked in. Towards the end of this week we should see temperatures in the 60's. That's the great thing about living in Colorado....one week it is -10, the next week 60 degrees Fahrenheit!


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Story: We are second graders in Golden, Colorado, USA. Most of the southern Rocky Mountains are in our state. We are part of the western U.S., the southwestern U.S., and the Mountain States. Colorado is the 8th largest state in the U.S. It was named for the Colorado River, which early Spanish explorers named the Rio Colorado for the red colored (Spanish: colorado) silt in the river carried down from the mountains. The four states of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah meet at a common point known as Four Corners, which is known as the heart of the American Southwest. Colorado is noted for a varied of beautiful lanscapes of mountains, forests, high plains, mesas, canyons, plateaus, rivers, and desert lands. As you can, see, we are going to have a variety of weather, too.
The climate of Colorado is really confusing. It is more complicated than any other state in the Mountain States region of the U. S. Most other states have warmer temperatures in the southern regions and cooler temperatures in the northern regions. Most of Colorado is made up of mountains, foothills, high plains, and dessert lands. Mountains and valleys greatly affect local climate.
As elevation gets higher, temperature, usually, gets lower.
Golden is almost in the middle of Colorado; it is a little north and east of center. It is right near the foothills on the eastern side of the mountains. Does that make sense? Golden is a mix of higher plains and lower foothills. (See the photos.)

Tell more about what is happening with the weather below: (Put date and a sentence with details about our weather. Pictures are good too.)


The climate of the Eastern Plains is semi-arid with low humidity and moderate precipitation. The area is known for lots of sunshine and cool clear nights. The difference between high temperatures of the day and the coolness of nights is the result of having no clouds to trap the sun's heat. Denver (just east of Golden) has one of the highest numbers of annual sunshine hours and clear days. On these plains, the winter lows range from 25 degrees F to -10 degrees F. About 75% of the precipitation falls within the growing season. The area is prone to droughts. Most precipitation comes from severe thunderstorms and major snowstorms in the winter and early spring. If you are driving west from the Heartland into Colorado, you might not even see the mountains until you are right outside of Denver. The city haze keeps them hidden until you are close to the foothills that lead into the higher ranges.





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This is a full fledged Golden snow storm.
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Notice how green it is during the Spring.