Morning photo: November light …

Still waiting for snow …

Although Summit County temperatures ran between 4 and 7 degrees above normal in November, it was still plenty cold to freeze up the Snake River.

SUMMIT COUNTY — Just like that, November is but a memory, although avid skiers might rather forget the month as total bust for snowfall, with precipitation only about 20 percent of average, according to weather records maintained by Denver Water officials in Dillon. On the up side, most afternoons were shirtsleeve weather, perfect for hiking or cycling, and many mornings and evenings were filled with wondrous sunsets and sunrises. But it’s also quite concerning watching local streams dry to just a trickle, and reservoir levels go down, down, down. But you have to take the bad with good, and there’s still plenty of time left to catch up on snowfall.

Icy cirrus clouds over the Tenmile Range.
Snake River beaver pond.
Frisco trail.
Frozen falls.
Beetle-killed lodgepoles along the Old Dillon Reservoir trail.
Big skies over a shrinking reservoir.
Signs of drought.

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