FRISCO — While some Colorado residents may be yearning for daffodils, snow lovers are probably thinking better late than never, as March delivered a moisture surplus — the first month of the winter with snowfall totals significantly above average.
In Breckenridge, National Weather Service observer Rick Bly measured 34.3 inches of snow at his downtown weather station, nearly 10 inches more than the historic average of 25.5 inches. Similarly, Denver Water staffers in Dillon measured 30 inches of snow in March. The long-term average is 22 inches. Continue reading “Summit County: March delivers moisture surplus”→
Temps run well below normal at Dillon weather station
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Temperatures in at least parts of Summit County ran well below average in February, while snowfall totals were near average for the month at the two official National Weather Service reporting sites in Breckenridge and Dillon.
In Breckenridge, long-time weather observer Rick Bly said he tallied 25.4 inches of snow for the month. The long-term average is 23.5 inches. The snow-water equivalent was also slightly above average, at 1.88 inches compared to 1.71 inches.
The snowfall, combined with cool temperatures, helped maintain the snowpack but didn’t make much of a dent in the seasonal deficit. For the year to-date (starting Oct. 1), snowfall is still about 30 percent below average, at 69,5 inches. The average, based on records going back to the late 1800s, is 101.5 inches. Continue reading “February snowfall near average in Summit County”→
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. Continue reading “Summit County: Sixth-snowiest winter on record”→
Statewide snowpack holding steady at the start of spring
By Bob Berwyn
SUMMIT COUNTY — In a 180-degree turn-around from last winter, both local National Weather Service sites reported above average precipitation during March, with 1.64 inches of liquid precipitation at the Dillon location (average is 1.44 inches), and 2.78 inches in downtown Breckenridge, about 45 percent above the average 1.91 inches for the month.
Last year, March precipitation at the Dillon site was a mere 0.66 inches, less than half the average. In Breckenridge, precipitation in March 2010 totaled 1.58 inches, about 82 percent of the historic average. All these totals are the snow-water equivalent in the snowpack. This year, there was measurable snow on 17 days during March at the Dillon site.