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Old 02-22-2010, 02:29 PM
 
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...the materialistic ones who come to this state and ruin everything for the wise old Coloradans such as yourself... we cant ALL be intellectually gifted like you.
Pleas cut Jazz a break. He's apparently spent his whole life learning how to deal with the winters here. So we should not make him feel bad just because it only took us one month.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:38 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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By far the two heaviest snowfall areas in the continental U.S. are the Sierra Nevadas and the Colorado Rockies.
Nope. The Cascades actually get more. I believe the current record was set at Mount Baker and the previous at Mount Ranier.
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Old 02-22-2010, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Grand Lake, Colorado
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Pleas cut Jazz a break. He's apparently spent his whole life learning how to deal with the winters here. So we should not make him feel bad just because it only took us one month.
My apologies to Jazz....I should ask my wise (but not so old) Coloradan wife to enlighten and educate me to the ways of the forefathers....
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:01 AM
 
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Someone made reference to winter in western Colorado being comparable to Minnesota. I never spent winter in Minnesota so I'm in no position to make a comparison. However, whoever made the comaprison may have a valid point. EG: there was 1/8 inch of snow in my driveway yesterday morning which I didn't remove. It's still there this morning. In my mind, 1/8 inch of snow NOT melting during a 24 hour period in late February....is downright cold!

Comparing the February Grand Junction High temps this year with last year, the day to day comparison goes like this:

2/1: 14 degrees colder this year!
2/2: 15 degrees colder this year!
2/3: 26 degrees colder this year!
2/4: 24 degrees colder this year!
2/5: 16 degrees colder this year!
2/6: 18 degrees colder this year!
2/7: 17 degrees colder this year!
2/8: 18 degrees colder this year!
2/9: 5 degrees colder this year!
2/10: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/11: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/12: 9 degrees colder this year!
2/13: 2 degrees colder this year!
2/14: Same as last year!" Hallejuah!
2/15: 9 degrees colder this year!
2/16: 12 degrees colder this year!
2/17: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/18: 5 degrees colder this year!
2/19: 10 degrees colder this year!
2/20: 11 degrees colder this year!
2/21: 20 degrees colder this year!
2/22: 20 degrees colder this year!

The difference might well be even greater for the rest of the month. Last Feb the temp hit 66 on Feb 25th. Not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening this Thursday on the 25th.

Last edited by CosmicWizard; 02-23-2010 at 10:36 AM..
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:12 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Cosmic - That may have been me but I think we typically take the cake where winter is concerned. A weatherman recently gave snow levels so far this year here - 40.6 in. and it's only Feb. We get dumped on in March so it's anybody's guess what the end # will be. They're forecasting major flooding, especially if we have a fast melt. Enough of MN - with any luck this will be my last winter here.
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Old 02-23-2010, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Grand Lake, Colorado
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Someone made reference to winter in western Colorado being comparable to Minnesota. I never spent winter in Minnesota so I'm in no position to make a comparison. However, the comparison may be valid! EG: there was 1/8 inch of snow in my driveway yesterday morning which I didn't remove. It's still there this morning. However it stacks up comapred to Minnesota...it's cold enough, especially this year.

Comparing the February Grand Junction High temps this year with last year, the day to day comparison goes like this:

2/1: 14 degrees colder this year!
2/2: 15 degrees colder this year!
2/3: 26 degrees colder this year!
2/4: 24 degrees colder this year!
2/5: 16 degrees colder this year!
2/6: 18 degrees colder this year!
2/7: 17 degrees colder this year!
2/8: 18 degrees colder this year!
2/9: 5 degrees colder this year!
2/10: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/11: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/12: 9 degrees colder this year!
2/13: 2 degrees colder this year!
2/14: Same as last year!" Hallejuah!
2/15: 9 degrees colder this year!
2/16: 12 degrees colder this year!
2/17: 8 degrees colder this year!
2/18: 5 degrees colder this year!
2/19: 10 degrees colder this year!
2/20: 11 degrees colder this year!
2/21: 20 degrees colder this year!
2/22: 20 degrees colder this year!

The difference might well be even greater for the rest of the month. Last Feb the temp hit 66 on Feb 25th. Not a snowballs chance in hell of that happening this Thursday on the 25th.
This year the snowfall is definitely miserable compared to last. We get on average (in Grand Lake) of 300" per year but this year it's been half, whereas the temperature has been the opposite. We've hit -30F on many occasions from December to now. Last year the lowest it got to was -25F and that was only 2 or 3 times.
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Old 02-23-2010, 12:53 PM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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Holy Moly. Minx! I had no idea - now I feel like I live in the tropics! Next time people start talking about MN being the Arctic of the states, I'm going to have them see you. Can't even imagine 300". Someone in WI said they got 100" and I thought that was incredible. Let's all hope for an early spring - enough of this.
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Old 02-23-2010, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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One thing I like about winter in Grand Junction ( at least the 4 winters I've been here ), is that there is very little snowfall. Other than a 10 incher back on Dec 8th, there have been only a few light dustings since then. However all it takes is an inch or two to cover the ground, then invariably a temperature inversion sets in for the winter and even an inch can stay on the ground for weeks on end. Unprepared drivers are not as big an isuue here becasue the main roads are usually bare as soon as the sun comes up to melt what remained on the roads after plowing...but that does not include the residential streets which are not plowed by the city. There's still some snow in the shady spots of the streets in my subdivision from the snowfall on Dec 8th. Compared to the much colder and snowier climates I've lived in, winter is pretty mild here. However, compared to the long term local averages, this winter has been a real humdinger with regard to the cold and its unrelenting persistence. It is certainly the coldest of the 4 winters I've been here. It's all relative!

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Old 02-23-2010, 06:52 PM
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Location: Western Colorado
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Well it actually snowed in Ridgway over the weekend, maybe 8" or so. Nice to see it really does snow here. Of course today bright sunshine and deep blue sky.

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Old 02-23-2010, 07:00 PM
 
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Snow is always good by me. I think back to 2002 and 2003. Dry conditions, no snowpack, and the fires that came in the Spring and Summer, well it was a long 2 summers! But we were in a drought cycle then, still are in one, but the snow is a welcome sight.
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