What will El Niño mean to the West?

RBC I The last major El Niño to hit California was catastrophic: Throughout the winter of 1997 and 1998, rain, snow and powerful winds battered the state’s interior while towering waves hammered the coast.

Double delight…


It is said that high humidity and strong sunlight combine for a bright rainbow and that a rare double rainbow is caused by very high humidity and even stronger sunlight. Such was the case recently when this brightly colored double rainbow made an appearance in the sky over Rangely.

Hopes are high in the Western states for a super El Niño

RBC I El Niño is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a big one—so big that scientists have amused themselves coming up with new terms for the coming weather phenomenon.

Double rainbow…

Colorado has long been known for quick-changing weather conditions, and this double rainbow was caught on Sunday afternoon amid the different weather conditions of sun, clouds, rain, wind and thunder in the area.

Rangely rainbow…


After a good soaking much of the day on the last Sunday of the summer, the clouds parted enough late in the day to allow this rainbow to form over Rangely. It rained again that evening and on Monday to make for some good precipitation as autumn officially began.

From high to low, county temps vary 129 degrees

RBC I It’s hot! It’s freezing! It’s humid! It was quite a diverse year in Rio Blanco County. The temperature from the year’s coldest to the year’s warmest, as recorded from Jan. 1 to the end of October, spanned 129 degrees.

Lightning tree…


While the Meeker area was drenched with rain on Friday night, lightning surrounded the area as well.

Dragon Road…


Some welcome cloud cover followed Friday night’s rain along these back roads near Dragon Road outside Rangely. With only a few sprinkles accompanied by high temperatures and high humidity, most outdoor enthusiasts seem be sticking to early-morning exercise, including the rider who put these bike tracks in the recently rained-upon gravel.

Afternoon excitement…

Courtesy Photo

Rhawnie McGruder, a customer service representative with Natural Soda Inc., said she never brings her camera to work but she happened to have it with her on May 29 when she spotted this afternoon funnel cloud, located north-northwest of the Natural Soda office on County Road 31 in Piceance Creek. McGruder said that neither she […]

Wayward winds…

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When Pastor Jasper Whiston of Bible Baptist Church in Rangely left the parsonage the afternoon of Mar. 17, he didn’t expect to return and see a 3×16-foot chunk of the church’s metal roof lying in the parking lot.

Microburst boasts 70-85 mph winds

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RANGELY | Strong, damaging winds from a thunderstorm struck the town of Rangely in northwest Colorado on the evening of June 28. A National Weather Service (NWS) storm survey of the Rangely area determined that a (dry) microburst had occurred.

Dry February

RBC — Precipitation at the plant center in February measured only 0.30 inches and includes 3.5 inches of snow.