The winter's big snows are slowly melting.
April precip well above average and cooler than normal
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Nearly double the average April snowfall in Breckenridge helped push the winter to the sixth-snowiest on record, according to National Weather Service observer Rick Bly, who measured 42 inches of snow last month. By comparison, Bly measured 26.4 inches in April 2010.
Standing on its own, April 2011 was the 12th snowiest. The all-time record is 72.5 inches in 1900, with some other notable April snow totals coming 1995 (54.3 inches), 1997 (49.3 inches) and 1989, with 46.1 inches, according to Bly, who maintains records dating back to the late 1800s.
For the weather year to-date (beginning Oct. 1) the snowfall total at Bly’s weather station is 208 inches, 31 percent above the average 158.2 inches. The snow-water equivalent is even higher — 17.96 inches for the season compared to average of 11.53 inches. that’s 55 percent above the norm, with every month so far bringing above-average moisture. Last year at the end of April, the season snowfall total 124.6 inches, 81 percent of average. (more…)
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