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Old 01-03-2012, 03:05 PM
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Originally Posted by proveick View Post
Another good article about the snowpack here, not good.
Snowpack Alarmingly Low As Dry Spell Continues In Colorado Mountains
The last weird year I remember like that was winter of 2003-2004. Very dry start with sporadic snowfalls and then a heat wave in early March and by the time we got a bunch of snow in late March early April it was too late, the season was ruined.

Most of the years since there has been a bunch of above normal snowfalls, so one can only expect a dry year at some point.
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Old 01-03-2012, 04:32 PM
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Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
Most of the years since there has been a bunch of above normal snowfalls, so one can only expect a dry year at some point.
That really isn't true. Most recent years have seen pretty uneven snowpacks from region to region in Colorado--some near normal, some above normal, some below normal. In most of the southern areas of the state, the majority of winters over the last 10 years have seen below normal snowpack. Northern areas of Colorado fared pretty well last winter season, but a lot of southern Colorado was dry. This season, it appears that the La Nińa is even stronger, which means drought conditions may be both more severe in southern Colorado and extend northward into Wyoming.

As of today, much of the southern mountains of Colorado have not has any significant snowfall for nearly a month, with temperatures well above normal and humidities below normal. What snow there is actually sublimating its moisture content to the atmosphere and little moisture is going into the ground at all. As I mentioned earlier, the USDA Drought Monitor forecast was pretty bleak looking ahead at the rest of the winter for most of the mountain areas of southern Colorado--it was issued before the dryness of the last month, so even it is now probably over-optimistic.
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