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Old 12-28-2012, 09:52 AM
 
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... or move to the Sierras. The Rockies = fluffy snow.
An acquaintance of mine, a western Colorado native, was transferred to California for a few years, and his job took him to the Sierras--Donner Pass area, specifically--at least once every week or two. He actually liked the very snowy winters at the high elevations of the Sierras and the fact that winter temperatures were typically a lot milder than the area of western Colorado where he grew up. What turned him off about the Sierras, though, was the extremely dry weather in the summer. He was used to the almost daily Southwest Monsoon induced thunderstorms during mid-July through August where he lived in western Colorado compared to the Sierras, where only a few small thundershowers would usually occur in a typical summer.

 
Old 12-28-2012, 01:50 PM
 
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jazzlover wrote: What turned him off about the Sierras, though, was the extremely dry weather in the summer. He was used to the almost daily Southwest Monsoon induced thunderstorms during mid-July through August where he lived in western Colorado compared to the Sierras, where only a few small thundershowers would usually occur in a typical summer.

Although my preference is different, I can readily understand his preference. As a tent camper I prefer the dry summer conditions found in the Sierras over the frequent downpours encountered during camping ventures in Colorado. Also, hiking in the Colorado Rockies usually requires an early start to have the planned hike completed prior to the afternoon downpours, while hiking in the Sierras affords the luxury of starting your hike whenever you like. Don't get me wrong I'm not complaining about the monsoons. Moisture is moisture is moisture, and God knows that we need every drop of moisture that comes our way in Colorado! It's only during camping trips that I wish for the monsoons to hold off for a few days. Back in the 70's I did many an overnite hike in the Sierras and never even carried a tent, which made for a lighter backpack.
 
Old 12-28-2012, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Public information statement
national weather service grand junction co
200 pm mst fri dec 28 2012

the following are preliminary 24 hour precipitation reports from
western colorado and eastern utah, ending around 8 am friday. The
first value is water amounts in snow, and the second
value is snowfall. Amounts are in inches.

Official climate stations of western colorado.

Black canyon national park, 0.20, 6.0.
2 miles southwest of collbran, 0.13, 1.5.
4 miles southwest of craig, 0.06, 1.6.
Mesa verde national park, 0.02, 1.0.
1 mile southwest of paonia, 0.07, 1.5.
1 mile east of rangely, 0.05, 2.0.
Shoshone, 0.01, 1.2.
Steamboat springs, 0.21, 5.6.


Unofficial stations.

33 miles north of craig, 0.07, 2.3.
6 miles south of mesa, 0.16, 4.0.
1 mile southeast of steamboat springs, 0.19, 5.3.
15 miles west of montrose, 0.08, 1.0.
Powderhorn ski, 8.0.
3 miles south of ridgway, 0.17, 3.9.
Silverton, 1.0.
Snowmass ski, 0.55, 9.0.
Steamboat springs, 0.16, 4.0.
Telluride ski, 0.20, 3.0.


Climate reference network sites of western colorado.

8 miles southeast of cortez, 0.11.
11 miles northeast of montrose, 0.22.


Additional unofficial reports.

Vail 1wnw 0.07 1.0
glenwood springs 5sse 0.07 1.1
cimarron 11s 0.08 2.0
fruita 4nne 0.11 2.7
mesa 6sse 0.20 5.0
montrose 1ese 0.11 1.4
montrose 4nw 0.11 1.5
montrose 3ese 0.16 2.5
montrose 7sse 0.13 2.6
clark 1nw 0.25 3.0

$$
 
Old 12-28-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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KRDO is now reporting that Pueblo and Colorado Springs could have a white New Years and the high on Tuesday will only be in the 20's. To early to say how much but I hope it is more then we had on Christmas.
 
Old 12-28-2012, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Lows zero and below for the western slope this weekend, highs in the 20's. Another snow system will be arriving Sunday night through Monday.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 09:26 AM
 
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Even with recent snowfalls, it appears that calendar year 2012 will end with many areas in southern and western Colorado receiving less than half of their normal precipitation for the year. That is a deviation that is pretty rare--and pretty scary. Some areas of the lower valleys in western Colorado may wind up with less annual precipitation this year than some areas of the Sahara Desert normally get. It's that bad.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 12:07 PM
 
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-22 in Gunnison this morning. Pretty chilly.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 12:55 PM
 
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-22 in Gunnison this morning. Pretty chilly.
Not that unsual, though. When I lived up there years back, low temperatures of -40 F. or lower occurred with some regularity. One year it went a whole month without getting above 0 F even once. That said, Gunnison actually gets less annual snowfall on average than does Denver--it's just that what falls usually doesn't melt off 'til Spring in Gunnison/
 
Old 12-29-2012, 02:31 PM
 
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If the cold trend continues here in Grand Junction for 2 more days, it looks like December will be the first month since May-2011 with a monthly mean temperature below normal. As of 18-December, the mean temp was running almost 5 degrees above normal, so you know it's been pretty darn cold to wipe out a plus 5 average in 10 days.
 
Old 12-29-2012, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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It will be great if the temps remain cold in the high country for a good period of time this winter. That is what is needed to stop the pine beetle at this point (if they haven't run out of live trees yet, that is).
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