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Summit County snowfall near average through December

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January snowfall in Summit County, Colorado.

2013 ended up as 2d-wettest on record for Dillon weather station

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — A quarter of the way through the 2014 water year (which started Oct. 1, 2013), snowfall and precipitation in Summit County are just about average, according to data from the two official National Weather Service observation sites.

In Breckenridge, long-time weather watcher Rick Bly measured 27.3 inches of snow in December, just a bit more than the long-term average of 22.4 inches. But the water equivalent in that snow was just 1.43 inches, slightly below the average 1.51 inches, Bly said. Continue reading

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Summit County snowfall near average in November

Temps run above average, especially nighttime lows

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Winter took hold of Summit County in November.

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. Continue reading

Colorado: Reindeer lost, reindeer found

Tracking effort pays off, as police officers corral escaped critter

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Runaway no more … Photo courtesy Dillon Police Department.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Rudolf may be the most famous reindeer of all, but another one of Santa’s sled-pulling critters may become a local legend in Dillon after escaping from his corral during the town’s tree-lighting ceremony Thursday evening. Continue reading

Morning photo: Peak of summer …

July in Summit County

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Summer skies in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —The deep, rich colors of summer dominate in July, when the sky seems to be fully saturated from the very early dawn right through dusk. With Dillon Reservoir brim-full during the month, I used the water as a reflective foil for the sky. I can’t decide which of these images I want to use in the 2014 Summit Voice calendar, so if you have strong feelings one way or another, feel free to leave a comment. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Exquisite April

Springtime in the Rockies

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

An April sunrise casts brilliant rays over the Continental Divide and Dillon Reservoir.

FRISCO —The next edition of our calendar selection set features images shot in Summit County during April. I pulled some shots from both 2012 and 2013 from the archives — what a difference! In 2012, nearly all the snow was gone by April 1 after one of the most stunning meltdowns on record. But this year, near-record snow piled up and it looked more like mid-winter than spring. But that’s the mountains for you, and we’ll take it when we can get it. One of these images will be featured in out 2014 calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: March madness

Spring begins …

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March sunset over Frisco, Colorado.

FRISCO —By the calendar, March is the first month of spring, at least after the vernal equinox. But in the Colorado high country, it’s also the month that the snow piles up deepest, leading to a bit of a seasonal paradox. Some days can be warm and sunny, and then it can turn around and snow like the dickens the next day, so never a dull moment. We’ve even seen thunder and lightning during those first spring thunderstorms. At any rate, here are a few pics, one of which will be featured on the March page of the 2013 Summit Voice calendar. If you like our daily snapshots, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images. Continue reading

Morning photo: Frosty February

More calendar pics …

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February snow blankets the Gore Range in Summit County, Colorado.

FRISCO —I always think of February as the heart of winter, even though the days are definitely starting to get longer, with the vernal equinox just a few weeks off. But it seems like (and the photos in the Summit Voice archive support this) that the snow always lies deep in February, even in those low-snow years. I definitely have a favorite in this batch and you might be surprised to know which one it is. One of these shots will be featured on the February page of the Summit Voice calendar, and if you have any strong feelings about it one way or another, please let us know by leaving a comment in the box below. If you enjoy our daily snapshots at Summit Voice, visit our online gallery at Fine Art America for more Summit County landscape and nature images featuring the light of the Rocky Mountains. Continue reading

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