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Summit County: October precip close to average

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October snow. bberwyn photo.

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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Breckenridge moisture now above average for the year

Late season storms target north-central Colorado mountains

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Snow cover on Peak 8 at Breckenridge Ski Area reached a peak after the resort closed for the season. Bob Berwyn photo.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — A surge of April moisture brought the year-to-date snowfall total in Breckenridge right up to average, according to National Weather Service observer Rick Bly, who said that last month ended up being the fifth-wettest April on record, dating back to the late 1800s.

Bly tallied 49.5 inches of snow, compared to the average 24.7 inches. The snow that fell in April was equivalent to 4.14 inches of water, nearly double the average of 2.1 inches. For the water year to-date, Bly has measured 12.3 inches of snow-water equivalent, nearly an inch above average. Continue reading

Morning photo: Best of the week

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A-Basin powder!

A-Basin powder!

FRISCO —Even though spring started a few days ago, snow scenes were the highlight of the week as far as photography. A chilly storm dropped one of the biggest single-storm totals of the year on Summit County, leading to some fantastic ski conditions and beautiful winter landscapes around the area. More importantly, the snow will help to at least take the sharpest edge of what was looking to be a continuing drought. We’re not out of the woods yet, but even with average snowfall the next few weeks, Denver Water is saying there’s an 80 percent chance Dillon Reservoir could fill completely this summer. Even if you’re ready for daffodils and tulips, it’s probably a good idea to keep doing those snow dances!
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Colorado: Storm rolling in …

Forecaster still uncertain for high country snow totals

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A big Pacific trough is working its way inland, bringing snow to much of Colorado.

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By Summit Voice

FRISCO — A winter storm rolling out of the Four Corners toward Colorado is billed as having the potential to drop several feet of snow in parts of the state, but even late Friday night, forecast models were still not in complete agreement as to where the heaviest snow will fall Saturday through Sunday.

National Weather Service forecasters have issues winter storm watches and warnings, as well as blizzard watches for almost the entire state, but the Denver-based forecasters warned that, “Summit County could very well get sheltered again in this Front Range storm.” The forecasters also said the upper low might eject farther south than previously anticipated, which would push the heavier snow amounts farther south. Click here for the latest updates and links to all the warnings. Continue reading

Morning photo: Snowy day

Finally!

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Snow poppies.

FRISCO — It was one of those monochromatic snow days in the Colorado high country, so rather than fighting it, I tried some of the subdued Instagram filters on a series of shots taken right around the neighborhood here in Frisco. The poppies, so gloriously red in June, are now mere husks, but still stand tall in the flower beds, and there really is nothing nicer than a quiet snowfall in an aspen grove.

Many of the images in Summit Voice photo essays are available in our Fine Art America online gallery, and there’s also Summit County gallery at our ImageKind website. You can also order images by contacting me directly at bberwyn@comcast.net. It’s a great way to support independent online journalism! Continue reading

Morning photo: Ode to snow …

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Just playing with a telephoto lens, depth-of-field and some snowflakes, right off the Summit Voice weather deck!

FRISCO —Summer may announce itself with crashing thunder, but winter usually arrives quietly, with the whisper of falling snow. You have to listen very carefully to hear it. The best place is in a hushed aspen glade, or a thick stand of evergreens, where the flakes brush against the boughs as they sift out of the sky. Since we’re dependent on snow in so many ways here in Colorado, it seems appropriate to spend a few minutes in reflective thanks when it arrives, time I always consider well spent. Here’s to lots more of it this year.

A few years ago, I walked outside and noticed some nicely formed flakes on the rear window of our car. I ran back upstairs and grabbed my Fuji Finepix, set it to macro and snapped a few shots, not really thinking it would turn out. But I love the result and I’ve kept the image in my files to illustrate various stories about snow.

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Colorado: Moisture deficit continues in October

Monthly high temps slightly cooler than average

Nov. 1 snow cover across the U.S. is well below average.

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — After a long, hot summer, Summit County cooled down in October, to the point that Denver Water’s Dillon-based weather watchers actually tallied an average monthly high temperature that was below the historic average — the first time the average reading has been colder than normal since February 2010.

The average maximum temperature at Dillon was 54.6 degrees, which was 0.7 degrees below the average reading for the site, based on records going back to 1909.

The average daily minimum low temperature (21.3 degrees) was 1.1 degrees above average (20.2), which means that the overall temperature was slightly above average, yet again, in a trend that has mostly persisted for the past 15 years, with only a handful of exceptions. For most of the spring and summer, temperatures at the Dillon site ran between 4 and 6 degrees above average. Continue reading

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