Weather Contest! Boom! First Thunderstorm within 10 miles of downtown Pagosa!

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UPDATE: We have a winner! Irene Mueller!

At 1:30pm today, March 22nd, a series of lightening strikes occurred 7.3 miles south of Pagosa Springs. Irene Mueller had the closest guess with a date of March 21st at 4:00 PM. Congratulations, Irene! You are the winner of a free sandwich from our Snowman sponsor, The Buck Stops Here!

Thanks to everyone for playing. We will have a new contest out next month.

Huge thanks to Jen, Kevin, Steve and the rest of the team at Buck Stops Here Market & Eatery for sponsoring this weather contest.

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February 20th, 2023: This contest is closed to any new guesses. Good luck to everyone and let it thunder!

Friday – 17 Feb 2023 – 09:00am

Win a free sandwich from The Buck Stops here!

For grins and to promote local businesses, Pagosa Weather is doing another weather contest. The contest and prize… Forecast the date and time of the first thunderstorm occurrence within 10 miles of downtown Pagosa Springs. The person with the closest guess will win a free sandwich from The Buck Stops Here, one of our Snowman sponsors.

The Buck Stops Here Market & Eatery is making Pagosa a Tastier Place!!!

The Buck Stops Here is Pagosa’s #1 market and deli for fresh meat and seafood. The Buck Stops Here offers a variety of seasonal fresh seafood, aged choice and prime Angus beef, elk and buffalo meat, free range chicken and premium pork.  They smoke baby back ribs every week!

At their Eatery, The Smokehouse Club is their #1 selling sandwich.  Be sure to stop by on Saturdays for Smoked Prime Rib starting at 4:00 p.m. They also cater special events, weddings, fundraisers, dinner parties, etc. Check out the Cater Menu tab for their extensive catering menu options.

Finally, the Buck Stops Here also processes wild game for hunters in the area and can ship to anywhere in the country.

Huge thanks to Jen, Kevin, Steve and the rest of the team at Buck Stops Here Market & Eatery for sponsoring this weather contest.

Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 11am-7pm | Closed Sunday & Monday

Location:19 Navajo Trail Dr

Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
Market & Eatery: 970-731-6328
Meat & Game Processing: 970-731-3535

Find them on Facebook, Google Plus, and Yelp.

The Rules

– Each person can make one guess in the comments of this post or on the Facebook Post

– The guess must include the date and time

– Multiple same guesses will go to the first person with that guess

– No more guesses after Sunday, February 19th 2023 at 11:59pm

– We will coordinate with the winner on how to collect the prize.

– The Pagosa Weather team is excluded – sorry Mark!


The Pagosa Weather Team will determine when the first thunderstorm after February 19th occurs within 10 miles of downtown Pagosa using a number of weather apps we have including Weather Bug and Radar Scope Pro.

Let’s have fun and support our local businesses! Good Luck!

– Arleen

Pagosa Weather Blizzard Level Sponsor

Pagosa Weather Storm Sponsor

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Arleen Pro

I grew up in Montana where my love of the mountains is rooted. I was in the Air Force, forecasting aviation weather, for 24 years. I had eight assignments and my favorites were Colorado, Alaska, Korea, and Germany. I deployed a number of times including to Iraq and Afghanistan. After RV traveling for nine years, we found paradise in Pagosa. Here we enjoy playing outside in the spectacular San Juan mountains!
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