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Old 01-07-2012, 10:58 AM
 
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Although here in northern New Mexico rockies we are having a good snow year.
Not really true. In far northern New Mexico and southern Colorado, the snowpack is in pitiful shape in many places. The snowpack is very spotty in northern New Mexico, with some areas OK, and others in really bad shape. I know, I was just through that area and personally observed the snowpack conditions.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:05 AM
 
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LOL I guess I should say fairly good relative to other areas. Even our little Sipapu ski area seems to be hopping. I've been skiing out our cabin but now we are waiting for the snow that is predicted for tonight as we need more.
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Old 01-07-2012, 11:40 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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So far, here in Oregon, La Nina hasn't seemed to take hold. Our snowpack is pitiful and there's really not much in the immediate forecast. Last year we were well above average by now. I was just up at Mt. Bachelor yesterday and it reminded me of early season conditions in Colorado (with the exception of the lava rock poking out a reeking havoc on my skis). I sure hope La Nina kicks in here soon, or we are going to have one hell of a fire season in the PNW.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:11 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Because of its inland location--far from moisture sources--precipitation in Colorado tends to be highly variable from year-to-year.
Yes. My whole life winter snowfalls and temperatures have been very different from one year to the next. To me it's normal as it should be to anyone whose family has at least a few generations living in the Rocky Mountain states.

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fits with global warming theorists' predictions that the Southwest may be getting permanently drier because of global warming.
maybe. maybe not. several hundred years ago the Anasazi abandoned Chaco Canyon in New Mexico. Why? The most likely explanation is prolonged (20+year) drought. If that's the case, then certainly these conditions are not new in the Southwest.

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As I posted earlier, in southwestern Colorado at least, this is the driest early winter that I've seen since the winter of 1976-77, which was one of the driest since records were kept. It's going beyond disturbing to just plain alarming to those of us who are concerned about water supplies for this coming summer and for those who worry about the fire danger come next summer. The weather pattern REALLY needs to change soon, or this coming summer could be a real disaster on numerous fronts in Colorado
Nature's way of wiping out the pine beetle infestation. It doesn't bother me.
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