Temps run above average, especially nighttime lows
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — After going gangbusters in October, snowfall tapered off to near average in November, with about 20.1 inches if the white stuff piling up in downtown Breckenridge, where observer Rick Bly tracks daily totals for the National Weather Service. For the weather year to-date (starting Oct. 1), Bly has measured 40.6 inches of snow, about 19 percent above average.
Looking ahead, thee long-term historic average for December is 22.4 inches, and the snowiest December on record for Breckenridge wasn’t all that long ago — in 1983, Bly said he tallied 86.9 inches of snow, which remains the all-time record going back more than 100 years.
At Dillon, snowfall for November dipped below average, with just 9.5 inches for the month, compared to the average 15.1 inches. There was measurable precipitation on eight days, with the single biggest snowfall coming Nov. 14, at 4 inches. The snow melted down to just 0.72 inches water, 28 percent below the long-average of exactly 1 inch.
Temperatures at Dillon ran above average for the month, with the highest reading (55 degrees Fahrenheit) on Nov. 3. Temps climbed into the 50s eight times for the month, and lingered into the 40s right through Thanksgiving at the end of the month. The average daily high temperature was 41.2 degrees, just a little warmer than the long-term historic average of 40.9 degrees.
Overnight lows were significantly warmer, matching a larger climate trend of warmer nighttime readings. Offcially at Dillon, the average daily minimum temperature for November was 12.6 degrees Fahrenheit, nearly 3 degrees above the historic average of 9.9 degrees.
There were no sub-zero readings during November, although temperatures did drop below freezing every single night; the coldest overnight reading was 2 degrees Fahrenheit on Nov. 6.
December’s average high temperature at Dillon is 32.6 degrees, making it the second-coldest month of the year (after January). The average low is 1.2 degrees.