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Old 04-30-2013, 02:56 PM
 
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Once again, the Front Range folks are gloating that their snowpack is only a little below normal, while ignoring the severe deficit over the last couple of years. Meanwhile, the southern half of Colorado and clear into the Southwest remains in drought that will likely be the worst in over a century. Warm, dessicating winds are, day after day, evaporating what little snowpack is left there faster than it can possibly be replenished by even major storms from now to the end of the 2012-2013 snow season. I dread to think what the fire season in southern Colorado will be like in early summer. Soil and tree moisture levels are at near nil in many locales. It could be like the fire year of 1879 when many hundreds of thousands of acres burned in southern Colorado. Streamflows in southern Colorado are already at September levels. One water manager declared to me that the "2013 runoff season is already over--before it ever really started." Many southern Colorado reservoirs will be dry by the end of summer--some of them having never dried up since they were built three-quarters to a century ago.

 
Old 04-30-2013, 05:57 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Another winter like storm is going to hit Pueblo and the NWS is saying the city could get 2-4 inches of snow. If it happens I will post some pictures as it will be fun taking snow pictures in May.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 06:25 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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In Delta, it's 85 degrees with dust storms and howling 50mph winds. I can see the snow pack vanishing from the Grand Mesa and West Elk range. Yay for Denver and snow there. Here it's so dry the ground crunches when you walk on it.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 06:34 PM
 
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I am sitting here in Denver with a splendid view of the downtown skyline. Yesterday when I got here it was 82 degrees and this morning was very nice with a view of Pikes Peak and the rest of the snow loaded mountains. But it definitely has cooled off as the day as gone on and become cloudy and 4-8 inches of wet snow and some rain as well are expected. Up to a foot could fall in the higher elevations which will help.

So when it shakes out for the state it's about come in even for the year, which is a good balance between the record setting year 2 years ago and the lame winter last year.
 
Old 04-30-2013, 06:46 PM
 
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In Delta, it's 85 degrees with dust storms and howling 50mph winds. I can see the snow pack vanishing from the Grand Mesa and West Elk range. Yay for Denver and snow there. Here it's so dry the ground crunches when you walk on it.
The same thing here, the wind isn't blowing as bad though, right at 30-35 mph.
 
Old 05-01-2013, 08:54 AM
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Location: Western Colorado
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A low pressure system and associated cold front will continue to push southward across the forecast area this morning. Much colder and breezy conditions will occur today behind the front. Precipitation will favor the northern Colorado mountains, where up to 6 inches of snow will fall. Isolated to scattered showers will also fall across the lower elevations of western Colorado this morning then diminish, with other areas remaining mostly dry. Across far Southwest Colorado a Red Flag Warning is in effect for this afternoon, due to gusty winds and dry conditions. Most locations will be near to below freezing on Thursday morning, which may pose problems for tender vegetation. Fair conditions with gradual warming is anticipated Thursday afternoon into Friday.
 
Old 05-01-2013, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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As of 10:30 am we have 9.5" of snow -- it is snowing about an inch per hour. I've seen reports from Estes Park of more than a foot but that was early this am.
Had to switch out my hummingbird feeder twice already because it keeps freezing up (it's only 22 degrees). I've had 2 steady visitors all morning. Tough little birdies they are! <3
 
Old 05-01-2013, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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This is the map from the NWS in Pueblo. A lot of the state is under some kind of watch or warning.



An interesting thing to note is this extends down into the panhandle of Texas where Amarillo is expecting snow!
 
Old 05-01-2013, 05:45 PM
 
Location: Pueblo - Colorado's Second City
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Well is now its snowing in Pueblo. Snow in May I love it!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
Old 05-01-2013, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Ned CO @ 8300'
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Good for you Josseppie!
It seems to have stopped up here - we got 14".
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