El Niño didn’t exactly go gangbusters in southwest Colorado last month, where the key river basins received only about 35 percent of average February precipitation. Statewide mountain precipitation was only slightly better, at 56 percent of normal.
“February in the mountains of Colorado is typically a slightly drier month than compared to say, April. But a dry February like this could have big ramifications should April and May not pan out” said Brian Domonkos, Snow Survey Supervisor with the Natural Resources Conservation Service. Continue reading “Climate: U.S. West very dry in February”→
Front Range moisture helps ease demand for West Slope water
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — The lack of snowfall in the high country is starting to show in the snowpack readings across the western part of the state, where readings have fallen below 70 percent of average — about 67 percent in the Colorado River Basin, which means that the snowpack is about one-third less than the average for this time of year.
In a strange twist on the La Niña weather pattern, the Front Range snowpack is above average, which doesn’t directly help the spring runoff on which much of the state depends. But good winter moisture on the Front Range does help ease demand for stored water, at least early in the season.
SUMMIT COUNTY — It’s official — La Niña is back, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center, which last week upgraded its La Niña watch to a La Niña advisory.
“This means drought is likely to continue in the drought-stricken states of Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico,” said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the Climate Prediction Center. “La Niña also often brings colder winters to the Pacific Northwest and the northern Plains, and warmer temperatures to the southern states.” Continue reading “Climate: NOAA issues La Niña advisory”→
Breckenridge snowfall above average once again; statewide snowpack at 115 percent of normal
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — Although the end of February snowpack readings as a percent of average dwindled for the second month in a row across western Colorado, the state as a whole can probably expect average to above-average runoff in spring, according to the latest figures released by the Natural Resources Conservation Service.
Warmer air to move in Wednesday night, snow possible on the weekend
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — In what are likely to be the coldest readings of the winter, temps had dropped to minus 20 degrees by 10 pm. in Frisco and Wednesday’s highs are forecast to stay below zero. Some warm air advection will begin to modify the air mass Wednesday night, but don’t look of highs to climb back above freezing anytime soon. Thursday’s highs are forecast to reach into the mid-teens and by Friday and Saturday, temps will be back within a few degrees of seasonal average, with highs in the upper 20s — and that will feel downright balmy.
The average high for Feb. 2 is 32 degrees and the average low is 1 degree. The record low of minus 41 degrees was set back in 1939 and the record high for the date is 53 degrees, set in 1953. And warmer days are ahead. By the end of February, the average daily high will climb all the way into the upper 30s. The all-time record high reading for the month is 59 degrees, set on Feb. 22 in 1943. The coldest reading ever in February was minus 45 degrees, set in 1916 (all temperature records for Frisco). Continue reading “Weatherblog: Deep freeze”→