Sometimes people from places like Florida or southern California will say something like "It must be nice to live in a place like Colorado where they have four seasons!" To which I've always thought, "only four"? This little "mid-winter" heat wave is no surprise to me -- I created a homebrew, the "Springlike," to celebrate the season. It's one of, let's say nine seasons we have here on the Front Range:
1. Stock Show Weather. This is mercifully the shortest season, because it is the one time of year we have arctic cold, near- or sub-zero temperatures. It is generally for no more than a couple of weeks in late December or early January. Sometimes we'll get the northeast wind, bringing in the odors from the stockyards of Brighton and Greeley into the city for that special Stock Show flavor.
2. Springlike Winter. That's what we're having now, these sunny dry days (usually in January or early February) where the air temperature is above 60 and in places that collect the sun it feels much warmer. The thermometer on my west-facing balcony read 80 yesterday afternoon. This is the season that makes people from places like Vermont and Wisconsin really want to live here.