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Summit County: Dismally dry December

Snowfall totals the lowest since 2001-2002 drought

Gorgeous ice on Dillon Reservoir is a sign of low snowfall.

By Bob Berwyn

SUMMIT COUNTY — December 2011 was the eighth-driest on record in Breckenridge, where weather watcher Rick Bly recorded only 7.6 inches of snow for the month, compared to more than 20 inches on average.

Last year, Bly tallied 32.5 inches of snow in December. Click here to see all of last year’s December weather stats.

The totals were even worse at the National Weather Service site Dillon, where Denver Water personnel measured a meager 1.5 inches of snow, amounting to 0.10 inches of moisture — one of the driest Decembers on record. The average December snowfall at Dillon is 17.5 inches, with a snow-water equivalent of 1.11 inches. Last year the Dillon site reported about 23 inches of snow in December. Continue reading

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