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Old 11-10-2010, 04:49 PM
 
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Well, so far we are having quite a few systems go through and continue.Wondering if we are going to end up dryer than normal this year or wettier than normal. At this point, I`m not trusting in what any of weather people say. Just hoping that we don`t get bitter cold temps.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:28 PM
 
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Wink Cold & MPB

Bitter cold isn't always fun, particularly if one has to be out in it. ie: not just playing.

However, it would be a blessing for our forests. Prolonged, serious cold is one of the things that will kill off many of the mountain pine beetles. They've had a field day because: a) the trees already stressed and less able to protect themselves, due drought and temperatures warming outside their normal range. And, b) warmer average temperatures which allow the MPB perhaps two reproductive cycles annually, when normally only one. Also, warmer temperatures which allow most to survive winter, when normally they would not have. Our poor forests could really use a break.

As for precipitation, lots of snow in the high country would help as well.
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Old 11-10-2010, 05:55 PM
 
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We had a real serious cold last year so we could use a break this year.
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Old 11-11-2010, 02:01 AM
 
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One of the things I love about CO is the "keep you guessing" weather here.....
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Old 11-11-2010, 11:35 AM
 
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However, it would be a blessing for our forests. Prolonged, serious cold is one of the things that will kill off many of the mountain pine beetles.
From what I understand the prolonged cold would have to be both seriously cold (like -20 or preferably far below) for weeks at a time with no respite, and preferably occur unseasonably, either early or late in the season (fall or spring), to have the desired effect.

I don't know if we're going to see that anytime soon.
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Old 11-11-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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Wink Just a bit cold

Yes. For large numbers of mountain pine beetles (MPB) to be affected a severe freeze in fall, before larvae have metabolized glycerols, or late spring, when these insects are molting into a pupal stage. Otherwise, true cold in the middle of the winter, like 30 degrees below zero, sustained for at least five days, will do it.

Unfortunately our climate is generally warming, the trend not hopeful.
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Old 11-12-2010, 04:26 AM
 
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I love the cold more than the hot in Colorado. I don't mind a blizzard here and there before summer comes. I'd rather deal with a few blizzards than another drought.
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