Five things transplants should know about Colorado weather

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Brandon Marshall
In Colorado, we go nuts for just about any kind of weather.
It's October, which in Colorado means time for snow and 70-plus degree days. If you just moved here six months ago -- which is great! We're glad you did! -- there are some things you should know about Colorado. First, whatever clothes your brought from your home state, whether it was Hawaii or Wisconsin, you're set. We here in Colorado are famous for our inappropriate attire -- jeans with cowboy boots to fancy events, North Face jackets year-round and the CO-pride touting sleeveless puffy vest (or "idiot's jacket," as my native mom calls them) -- so if you want to rock board shorts and snow boots or flip flops and snow pants, just know we're fully supportive of that.

As we step into fall, one of our best mystery seasons -- along with the elusive idea of "spring," the season fall is often confused with -- we're offering these tips on how to brave and enjoy all that Colorado weather has to offer.

See also: Photos: Ten best places to see Colorado fall color

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Fall = temperature schizophrenia
Last weekend was a perfect example: Going from the 70s one day to the 40s the next, that's what fall means in Colorado. For all of you East Coast leaf-peepers, we have some color, too (especially in the mountains), but don't be surprised if snow shows up before the tree in front of your house has a chance to turn. Unlike fall in other states, where the weather cools evenly and you get a chance to acclimate your wardrobe, Colorado's version of fall insists that your bathing suit and snow boots are both a necessity until at least the end of October.

It's true: You can wash your car the same day that it snows
Speaking of swimsuits and snow boots, there's a saying in Colorado: It might snow in the morning, but you could be washing your car by the afternoon. This couldn't be a better description of the summer-to-winter and winter-to-summer seasons known as fall and spring. Seriously, next time it snows in the morning and is 50 degrees by 2 p.m., step outside. At least one of your neighbors is probably washing their SUV -- or four-wheeler, boat, motorcycle, etc.

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Chacos: the unofficial footwear of Colorado.
Footwear is not season-specific
My best friend grew up in Malibu and went to school in Queens, but swears Denver is the only place she sees people really letting their freak flag fly. This is definitely the case for footwear: Next time you're standing in line at Moe's Bagels on a Saturday morning or wandering through LoDo, look down. You'll see cowboy boots, flip-flops, high heels, Crocs, Uggs, wading boots, riding boots, barefoot sport shoes (aka the creepy shoes with built-in toes), Chacos (those extreme-sports adventurer sandals that R.E.I. has dutifully stocked the state with), clogs, water socks, whatever. Snow or no snow, Coloradans love their specific footwear, and weather be damned, they are going to wear it.


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Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

Holmberg here is apparently suffering from a nasty bout of clap trap.

Max Padilla
Max Padilla

What ever you do don't complain about it being too cold or too hot or no snow or too much snow or rain and so on. Why? Because this happens here. It's unpredictable.

Joshua Wilson
Joshua Wilson

Go for a nice swim in the Platt... or you could just go back to California or wherever you came from...

Sharon Prager-Wortham
Sharon Prager-Wortham

The weather here is great even in winter. Grew up in Boston, Now there is some sucky winters

Charles Cusumano
Charles Cusumano

Lived in Dinverrrrr For nearly 20 years. Had to learn to speak normally all over again.

Austin Kulachkosky
Austin Kulachkosky

Stay the hell off of I-70! If you live east of the city take 6th ave or colfax. Or if you have the money take E-470 and stay out of the left lane. Damn

Don Pearson
Don Pearson

Sorry you've never been out of the state before hahaha

Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

BTW, aging phags need not show off their wrinkly man-boobs at the beach for the rest of the world to witness. Put your shirt back on.

Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

Bitch, it's winter in Colorado. 20 years and you're still whining about it? Kill yourself.

Pat Marks-Boren
Pat Marks-Boren

I am sorry you feel that way I would move to Denver in heart beat my heart and sole are there and many memories of my late brother and his or our beloved Denver and others parts of your beautiful state that you don't want to share with people who love it

James Taylor
James Taylor

It's fuckin cold. These people that moved here for the pot should be making plans to clear out. It's only gonna get worse.

Chris Jandro
Chris Jandro

It would be nice if they stayed off the road when it snows, take the bus, please!!!

Don Pearson
Don Pearson

ohhh uptight local telling me to leave coz I am tired of this weather...how typical...

Don Pearson
Don Pearson

Steven ..I prefer beaches my friend...there is another world out there ha ha ha

Shane V Cantwell
Shane V Cantwell

Why are we glad you moved here? You're driving up the rents!

Don Pearson
Don Pearson

uh huh right...been here 20 years I know it all to well...

Brad Aerts
Brad Aerts

Everyone has free speech but me right ?

Steven Dryver
Steven Dryver

There's always the desert for you, bub. You'll feel right at home with the rest of the miserable old feebs in the myriad of retirement communities in suburban Phoenix.

Tim Tindle
Tim Tindle

Don't expect your pedicab guy to negotiate when it is fucking 15 degrees!

Joslyn Larned
Joslyn Larned

For all the transplants who haven't experienced snow, I'd say the morning commutes will get interesting.

Lorenzo Talcott
Lorenzo Talcott

Dani Marheine-Stickell get the fuck out of my home town and back to your trailer park with the rest of the roaches.

Clara Madrid
Clara Madrid

Carlos, you sound like a real loser. Stop whining. Most Coloradoans are decent happy intelligent people.

Kim Anderson
Kim Anderson

Considering I've seen more comments from you, Steven Dryver, than anyone else, I'm going to assume you're the one with the pathetic lifestyle.

Dani Marheine-Stickell
Dani Marheine-Stickell

LOL we are gonna take over so why don't you move!! we are like cockroaches haha we are taking over!

Michael Isabell
Michael Isabell

Colorado is certainly a special place! A progressive spearhead, instrumental in changing outdated paradigms. Leaders attract followers, and there is no going back. It is unfortunate, however, as forward thinking and acting as so many are in the great state of Colorado, there will always be the ignorant and unwavering!

Elisa Roybal
Elisa Roybal

That's right out of my mouth we are definitely not happy you moved here get your ass packed up and go back where you came from

Mackenzie Clark
Mackenzie Clark

We came to ride your mountains. You obviously don't use them.

sballardo672
sballardo672

You really dont understand sociology do you? 


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