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Old 12-03-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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December is looking much more promising than November was. The storm track is about to shift (possibly in our favor, possibly not) and the chances for snow in the mountains (primarily Northern Colorado) increase as the week goes on. The Colorado Daily Snow | OpenSnow
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Old 12-03-2012, 06:13 PM
 
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It looks like snow is in the forecast for later this week, Thank God! I can't believe how dry the past two years have been, I was up in Rocky Mountain National Park last week and noticed how many of the "permanent" snow fields have almost 80% receded, you know you're in trouble when this starts really happening. When I first moved here in the Spring of 2003, the same year that HUGE FREAKIN BLIZZARD occured on the front range, I thought Colorado was the snowiest place on Earth (I had previously lived in AZ and TX) but in ten years I now know that I was very wrong! One thing these incredibly dry and drought conditions have caused are not only problems for Colorado but the entire Southwest and Midwest, as many of our neighboring states get alot of water from Colorado.

One major reason I'm really hoping for a cold snowy winter in Colorado is to kill all of the nasty pine beetles that are killing our trees, has anyone been to Grand Lake lately? It looks terrible!
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:07 PM
 
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It looks like snow is in the forecast for later this week, Thank God! I can't believe how dry the past two years have been, I was up in Rocky Mountain National Park last week and noticed how many of the "permanent" snow fields have almost 80% receded, you know you're in trouble when this starts really happening. When I first moved here in the Spring of 2003, the same year that HUGE FREAKIN BLIZZARD occured on the front range, I thought Colorado was the snowiest place on Earth (I had previously lived in AZ and TX) but in ten years I now know that I was very wrong! One thing these incredibly dry and drought conditions have caused are not only problems for Colorado but the entire Southwest and Midwest, as many of our neighboring states get alot of water from Colorado.

One major reason I'm really hoping for a cold snowy winter in Colorado is to kill all of the nasty pine beetles that are killing our trees, has anyone been to Grand Lake lately? It looks terrible!
It comes and goes, especially depending on La Nina or El Nino and other weather patterns. From 2004-2011 there were a number of record breaking years for snow in the mountains. So it's inevitable there will be dry periods here and there.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:32 AM
 
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Thursday is apparently supposed to bring snow/rain.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:55 AM
 
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Snow world wide is lower than normal right now.
Snow Cover Worldwide Is At Record Lows - Science News - redOrbit
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Old 12-06-2012, 09:14 PM
 
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We really got skunked last night & today, didn't we? And as for all the snow in the forecast this weekend...

I'll believe it when I see it.
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Old 12-07-2012, 07:37 AM
 
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Okay, okay, I take it back. Some snow finally showed up this morning, and while it's not exactly dumping, it is a legitimate snowfall (not just flurries or a "dusting"). Maybe we'll get a quarter or half an inch out of it.

Progress. Feeling a little more hopeful about the weekend...
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Old 12-09-2012, 11:28 AM
 
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I don't think people realize how dire the situation really is. Met some folks from east of Trinidad that have taken all of their cattle to market. They've been ranching for 50 years and have never seen the grazing conditions like this. This drought is a really big deal.
Not a good situation there!

A good friend of mine contacted me a couple days ago and told me that next time I get online go to the NOAA drought prediction forecast. Just a while ago I did. I didn't like what I saw at all. The Drought Prediction Forecast's latest chart is from December 6th to February 28th and it doesn't look good. The brown shaded covers all the mountain states, with the exceptions being northern Idaho and northern Montana. It also shades the central plains states from North Dakota all the way down to Texas. Brown means the drought conditions still persist. I've been familiar with that site for some time and they are pretty accurate IMO, I'm sure however there have been exceptions.

I'd like to think there might be an exception to the winter of 2012-3, that we might get totally dumped on. The front that just come through here early this morning, well not much happened in the GJ area. It snowed just enough to cover the ground and right now it's all melted off at my house. And like a lot of storms coming through here it was high winds and little precip. We've had temps in the upper 50's till yesterday and the forecast for the latter half of this week is partly cloudy with highs in the upper 40's.

The National Weather Service can be wrong, has been occasionally wrong. And for this season I hope they ARE wrong. But I don't think they are.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:51 AM
 
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This is bad ... locally and nationally. And today, more big wind coming for the Boulder area. That could kick up the Fern Lake fire again...
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:15 PM
 
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That snowfall was nothing! I sure hope mother nature gets to work and dumps some snow on CO!
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