Posted on April 14, 2014 by Bob Berwyn
Fourth-snowiest year on record in Summit County
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Another month of above-normal snowfall has put Breckenridge on track for its fourth-snowiest winter on record, according to National Weather Service observer Rick Bly, who measured 37.4 inches at his backyard gauge.
That makes it the 10th-snowiest March, a month that sees average snowfall of 25.5 inches. Bly said precipitation has been above average for four straight months. During the current water year, which started Oct. 1, only November saw slightly below normal snowfall. Precipitation (the combination of melted snow and rain) for the water year to date is already at 15.2 inches, nearly six inches more than average. Continue reading
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Posted on December 2, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Cold, stormy weather is headed for Colorado.
Polar air mass to bring subzero readings
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — Coloradans should prepare for some of the coldest weather in recent memory, weather forecasters say. The Arctic air expected to begin arriving Tuesday could bring some of the coldest readings since a memorable February 2011 cold snap, when temperatures in the high country dipped to 20 degrees below zero. Continue reading
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Posted on November 7, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Temperatures much cooler than average at the National Weather Service observation site in Dillon
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — The 2014 water year started with above-average snowfall in Summit County — a good sign for the winter according to Breckenridge-based weather-watcher Rick Bly, who measured 20.5 inches of snow during October. The average snowfall for the month is 12.3 inches.
According to Bly’s historical records, dating back to the late 1800s, above-average December snowfall is followed by an above average winter 70 percent of the time.
That snow melted down to 1.33 inches of water, just slightly above the average 1.27 inches of precipitation in October, which is the driest month of the year in Summit County. Continue reading
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Posted on October 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Ever since the U.S. Forest Service added this fence, this has become one of may favorite spots for landscape photos. The fence adds a strong linear element to the scene.
FRISCO — Getting one last look before the incoming winter season knocks the last of the colors off the branches, and trying to look for these spectacular autumn leaves in a new way … Continue reading
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Posted on September 5, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
A monsoonal flow brought steady showers to Summit County in August. bberwyn photo.
Moisture above average for the year to date
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — An extended monsoon season lifted August precipitation in Breckenridge to well above average, as weather-watcher Rick Bly tallied 4.22 inches of water for the month. The average rainfall for August is 2.26 inches; August 2013 was the wettest August since 1984.
“We had a good month for precipitation,” Bly said, adding that the rainfall often came at night, when it’s even more beneficial because it has a chance to sink into the ground before evaporating.
All in all, the 2012 water year has been up and down, with a “desperately dry October and November, according to Bly, followed by a so-so early winter and a gangbusters spring, with drought-busting snows in April and May. Continue reading
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Posted on August 25, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
The remnants of Tropical Storm Ivo, off the coast of Baja, are pumping tropical moisture into the Southwest.
Tropical storm off Baja pumping moisture into Southwest
By Summit Voice
FRISCO — So far, the Atlantic hurricane season hasn’t been particularly active, but in the eastern Pacific, nine named storms have formed, most of them moving out to sea with little impact to land areas.
But the latest in the series, Tropical Depression Ivo, is dawdling off the west coast of Baja California and sending moisture streaming into northwestern Mexico and the southwestern U.S. The moisture could affect much of western Colorado and eastern Utah Sunday and Monday, with another round of heavy thunderstorms possible. Continue reading
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Posted on August 9, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Monsoon delivers plentiful rainfall
Monsoon rains brought above-average moisture to Summit County in July.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — July brought above-average moisture to both official National Weather Service sites in Summit County, especially in Dillon, where the monsoon delivered 3.35 inches of water, about 1.47 inches more than average for the month.
At least a trace of precipitation was reported on all but seven days at the Dillon weather observation station, with the wettest days on July 25 and July 26, both delivering about a half inch of moisture.
The average daily maximum temperature at Dillon during July was 74.4 degrees, just .10 above average, but the daily average low temperature was 39.8 degrees, nearly 4 degrees above average, probably due in part to plentiful nighttime cloud cover. Continue reading
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Posted on July 14, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado’s wettest season has arrived
A monsoonal thunderstorm generates a lightning flash over Dillon Reservoir.
Evening thunderstorms over Peak 1, Frisco, Colorado.
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Posted on July 13, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Daily rain showers to persist through the weekend
A classic monsoonal flow of moisture, moving clockwise around a high pressure center over the Texas panhandle, is delivering plentiful moisture to parts of the parched Southwest.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Flashes of lightning, loud thunder and heavy rains Friday marked the start of Colorado’s summer monsoon season. The one- to 2-month period when moist and warm air flows northward from the subtropics may not be as dramatic as the Asian monsoon, but it’s still a critical piece of the state’s overall weather picture, providing abundant moisture just at the time when forests and fields are reaching their driest point. Continue reading
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Posted on July 6, 2013 by Bob Berwyn
Temps run well above average for the month
Summer time in Summit County. Bob Berwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — June, the second-driest month in Summit County, ended up especially dry this year, with only 0.26 inches of precipitation at the official National Weather Service site in Breckenridge, and even less — 0.19 inches at the Dillon station.
Averages for the two sites are 1.37 inches in Breckenridge and 1.14 inches at Dillon, where there was measurable precipitation on two days, June 18 and June 29.
The sparse total in Breckenridge made it the fourth-driest (tied with 2006) on record, dating back more than 100 years, said weather observer Rick Bly. The driest June ever (0.06 inches) was in 1980, during another notable Colorado dry spell, followed by June 1891 (0.10 inches) and June 2002 (0.24 inches). Continue reading
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