Boulder



The weather station is located in the Foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder County, Colorado. Although the area is heavily forested with steep terrain and is very sparsely populated, we are only 2 miles (as the crow flies) from the town of Boulder. Boulder, Colorado, is located just 30 minutes northwest of Denver, exactly where the plains meet the Rocky Mountains. The town was founded in 1859 by explorers seeking the riches of gold, and Boulder's history only got more colorful from there. Mork and Mindy lived here, so it is sometimes referred to as "24 square miles surrounded by reality". You have to live here to understand how true the statement really is.

Today, visitors can enjoy the benefits of a community created by residents that embrace a healthy, culturally-enriched lifestyle, sometimes to an unhealthy degree. Whether you are an outdoor enthusiast, seeking intellectual stimulation or want a relaxing getaway, Boulder offers a variety of experiences for every type of travel. Catch a glimpse of some of Boulder's furry and feathery residents while strolling, hiking or biking through 300 miles of trails and 45,000 acres of open space, people-watch at an outdoor café or restaurant on Pearl Street, visit one of oseveral National Laboratories, or check out a top attraction like the Celestial Seasonings tea factory or the Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse.

The City of Boulder sits 5,430 feet above sea level, and Boulder enjoys 300 plus days of sunshine a year and moderate weather. When last checked, there were 103,166 residents in Boulder, including about 30,000 students who are enrolled at the University of Colorado at Boulder, also known as CU.

Two major National Laboratories are located within Boulder. NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) is tasked with providing daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings, and climate monitoring including fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce. NOAA’s products and services affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. Also in Boulder is the Nation Institute for Science and Technology, also known as NIST. While the name speaks for itself, the lab is probably best known for the so-called Atomic Clock, and the origin of the radio-based time standard, commonly known as WWV. Both labs are part of the U.S. Commerce Department.

Because of all this sunlight, a short distance away in Golden, CO is the National Renewable Energy lab, charged with R&D on solar cells (photovoltaics), solar thermal technology, wind energy and biomass. If all this makes you think we're too smart for our own good,-you'd be right!

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