Which would win in a battle outside the rink?

Avalanche Blitz.

While it’s typically a combination of weather we hear about in springtime in Colorado, with heavy snowfall on the mountains and storms on the plains, we’re looking at both in mid-June this year.

One of the teams will emerge victorious from the Stanley Cup finals – but which one would win when the two weather phenomena collide outside the rink?

It just so happens that there are many experts in Colorado who are far better at breaking down the Xs and O’s in this matchup: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) meteorologist Kari Bowen and Colorado Avalanche director Ethan Greene information center.

The National Weather Service in Boulder clarified Wednesday afternoon that “the threat of lightning in Denver is near zero as of tonight.”

Jokes aside, we started with Bowen and Greene asking how common avalanches and lightning are in Colorado.

Who wins in a fight, avalanche or blitz? NOAA, CAIC weigh in

“We document about 5,000 a year, and we suspect that’s probably less than 10% of what happens,” Greene said of avalanches.

“One of the ways we quantify lightning, unfortunately, is through injury or death in the United States year after year,” Bowen said. “Right now, Colorado ranks third with North Carolina and Arizona for the most deaths from lightning.”

But how dangerous are they? The Bolts get the first try.

“Lightning is actually hotter than the surface of the sun, which can reach temperatures as high as 5,000 degrees Fahrenheit upon impact,” Bowen said.

Greene said avalanches often reach speeds of 40 miles per hour.

“It does happen over 60 or 80 miles per hour, and there have been documented cases of avalanches going well over 1,000 miles per hour,” Greene said.

okay okay So the big question – who would win in a battle between an avalanche and lightning?

“They are both dangerous in their own way. And I know the Colorado Avalanche Information Center can confirm that,” Bowen said. “But avalanches, when they’re triggered or they’re moving, they’re very, very fast. Lightning can also be fast and deadly, so each has its own aspects. So that’s a tough question.”

“I really don’t know,” Greene laughed. “Both come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s beyond my experience to predict.”

Alright, so no really definitive answer here, even from the trained scientists.

It looks like they’ll have to settle it on the ice.

You can watch the full Stanley Cup Finals on Denver7 and get full analysis from our sports and news teams throughout the series.

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