If any of you know Branden and myself, you know we are sports nuts. This is a very important time of year for us, as we are deeply involved in Fantasy Football. It gives us sports geeks an opportunity to draft our own players, set our own lineups, and bench players that are playing poorly. Bottomline, it is a childish and immature way to simulate being the General Manager of a football team. So, Borremans and I got to talking and thought it might be fun to draft specific cities in Colorado based on severe weather potential.
For example: I would take Monument in the first round of our draft. You would then accumulate points for every snowstorm, windstorm, severe thunderstorm, tornado, dense fog day, etc., that affects Monument Hill. Bonus points would be included if I-25 was shutdown due to nasty weather. If a storm produced more than a foot of snow with 40 mph winds, bonus points would be added for that. If the temperature drops below zero, you get bonus points. For every wind gust above 50 mph, bonus points. Golfball size hail would cause bonus points to be awarded. You get the idea. The worse the weather, the more points accumulated.
This made us laugh pretty hard, but thought it might be fun to do. You would start five cities, and have five cities on your bench. You would set your lineup every week, based on the weather you thought might occur. A mock starting lineup follows:
Monument, Woodland Park, Rye, Akron, La Junta
Bench: Boulder, Limon, Burlington, Winter Park, Sterling
You could add and drop cities every week, through a waiver system. Oh, what fun we would have...
We thought this might be an original idea from a couple of sports geeks, who are also weather geeks. By all means, send us your starting lineup.
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe