A Voice of Colorado No. 4 Version 5.0:

There are several ways to identify a Coloradan. One is their relationship to the weather. A Coloradan knows the weather in ways that transcend forecasting and professional prognostication. A Coloradoan can look to the horizon and say with unexplained confidence that tomorrow will be a good day for hiking or skiing – or both, depending on where the activities will take place in the state.

Experts have attempted to explain how this ability can exist and be as successful as it is. None have managed to divine the apparent mystery involved.

As a Coloradan I shrug as response when ask how I could possibly be so accurate in my opinion of the forthcoming weather. For me knowing the weather is second nature.

I also do not subscribe to Lysenkoism.

Lysenkoism can be used metaphorically to describe the manipulation or distortion of the scientific process as a way to reach a predetermined conclusion as dictated by an ideological bias, often related to social or political objectives.

When otherwise innocent-looking clouds form above the mountains on a warm summer day a weather expert might declare that it is a sign of a forthcoming weather system, with origins in climate change or global warming, caused by humans advancing the industrial age. A Coloradan will look at the same sky, see the same clouds, and suggest that if hiking is the plan it should be done before high noon, when the cotton candy-looking clouds become gray-black anvil-shaped thunderheads, containing lightning and thunder, and the torrential downpour likely to ensue will result in mud slides, rock slides, and flooding.

Many attempts have been to explain the relationship between a Coloradan and the weather. The simplest explanation for this relationship, for much of what occurs as weather is: Common sense.

A challenge for Coloradans: How many floods have been recorded in the State of Colorado?


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