Crested Butte, Western Colorado and Western US Weather

    Current Conditions:   Crested Butte Ski Area   |   Near Uley's and base of Twister lift (Butte SNOTEL)
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    Weather Forecasts:   Forecast Discussion   |   Crested Butte   |   Gunnison   |   Monarch Pass

    Other Things:     Crested Butte Avalanche Center   |   Radar Loop   |   Grand Junction Skew T   |   Ventusky (wind)   |   Local Webcams

Weather Story

The "Weather Story" from the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. http://weather.gov/gjt

GOES West water vapor loop

GOES West weather satellite water vapor image from the NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server http://www.goes.noaa.gov/

Jet and satellite

National infrared image with a jetstream analysis from the California Regional Web Server http://virga.sfsu.edu/

1km Satellite image of Colorado from Regional and Mesoscale Meteorology Branch RAMSDIS

GOES West Visible Full Disk

GOES West Earth Full Disk Visible image of the western hemisphere, which is mostly the Pacific Ocean. Provided by the NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server http://www.goes.noaa.gov/

GOES East Visible Full Disk
GOES East Atlantic loop. Provided by the NOAA Geostationary Satellite Server http://www.goes.noaa.gov/

Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures SST
Atlantic Sea Surface Temperatures (SST) from NOAA https://www.ospo.noaa.gov/Products/ocean/sst/contour/

National Hurricane Center https://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

UV Index
UltraViolet index from the USEPA website .
  • 0-2 No danger except from not enough sun or the storm over your location. If from a long winter, expose your skin to the sun :D
  • 3-5 Little harm from unprotected exposure to sun unless you're at higher elevations such as a ski area. Wear sunblock if you're over snow or water.
  • 6-7 High - About 1/2 hour to sunburn. Wear hat sunglasses and sunscreen of at least SPF 15, reapply frequently.
  • 8-10 Very High - About 15 minutes to skin damage. Additionally, wear long sleeves and cover your legs too.
  • 11+ Extreme - Less than 10 min to skin damage. Panic! Not really, just be really careful! Follow above precautions and avoid sun from 10am to 4pm.


This is a current xray image of our sun's corona at 304 Å taken by the Extreme ultraviolet Imaging Telescope (EIT) onboard the Solar & Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO). From NASA's SOHO website http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/

Go to http://spaceweather.com/ for more information about our star.

A CCD Bakeout is needed when the image is blurry from condensation on the telescope lens. Then NASA heats up the charge-coupled detector to evaporate water and other compounds. The EIT is usually back on line in a week, sometimes longer.

Xray graph of sun

This is a graph of two xray wavelengths of our Sun measured by instruments on our GOES satellites.

Watch for solar flares which are spikes towards the middle or top of the graph. Set your alarm clock and look for auroras a few days after this graph spikes!

M-Class flares may cause brief radio blackouts and satellite difficulties. X-class flares spark lengthy radiation storms that cause planet wide radio blackouts and occasionally electrical grid problems. If your GPS device is not working correctly, sometimes space weather interference with the satellites is the reason why.

NASA is sharing SOHO data on the website http://sohowww.nascom.nasa.gov/.

The graph flatlines when the satellite is eclipsed.

Graph of the last 90 days of the Slate River near Crested Butte in Gunnison County, CO, USA

Slate River above Baxter Gulch - discharge in cubic feet per second for the last three months.

Graph and data provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Graph of the last 90 days of the East River near Cement Creek in Gunnison County, CO, USA

East River at Cement Creek - discharge in cubic feet per second (cfs) for the previous 90 days.

Graph and data provided by the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Weather for Gunnison County, Colorado with satellite images of the western US and other fun things :-)