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I love this state but dislike snow, the reason why I choose to live in a low-snow part of it; actually it's just low in precipitation in general. lol I joke around all the time and say that it can snow all it wants......7,000' and up. It's not a joke right now. "Some" areas have never seen so little snow but we have to keep in mind that "some" areas have only had real data on them since the 80's. Not even a blink of an eye worth of data.


Some areas are worse than others.


Right now New Mexico (Four corners region), up the West Slope, and into the Green River drainage in Wyoming is in a state of severe drought according to our regional NOAA weather specialist and in some specific basins it's extreme drought. This map is older than the meeting I attended and he mentioned that the update should be hitting in the next few days. I don't see any update yet!


So start the snow dances and sacrifices so we can get good snow in our best snow months ahead. Time is running out to play catch up!
 

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One thing to know about Colorado, averages are made in bunches. The state will get it's moisture. I'd be surprised if March and April, the snowiest months aren't real heavy this year. We will get close to if not surpass our average.
 

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One thing to know about Colorado, averages are made in bunches. The state will get it's moisture. I'd be surprised if March and April, the snowiest months aren't real heavy this year. We will get close to if not surpass our average.
I hear ya. As a Colorado native I have only seen one really "bad" year, 2002. I have seen more local areas get hit but this is an arid/semi arid state; doesn't take much to make it dry as a popcorn fart. Once, when my grand dad was alive, I had gone with him to look at a few of his sections east of Pueblo. I can't remember my exact words about how dry it looked but I do remember his scoffed reply as if it were just yesterday, "[email protected]#. You don't know what dry is." He lived in the OK. panhandle during the dirty thirties so I took his word for it.

True that 2 of the top five snowiest months are ahead! Hope they both deliver way above averages.
 

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Joe Bastardi at weatherbell.com says the westerlies will start soon in Australia and drive the current la nina into an el nino sometime this spring. That might help our moisture level.
 

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Love the optimism but at least in the Gunnison Area, we would need 155% of normal snow just to end up at average. Don't think that is going to happen. Especially since it is actually December and January that are the Gunnison Country's snowiest months. Can you say good opportunity for a forest fire and probably a tough year for trout on some rivers? Love to be wrong, but I'm not betting on this winter ending up well for this area.
 

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Nay sayers!














But just in case start practicing your rain dance!
 

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Rain helps but doesn't replace the slow melt of pack snow in the high country. Rain will do wonders for our low areas; also reduce irrigation water demand placed on the reservoirs.
If you planned on floating the Dolores this summer I would start changing plans. LOL
 
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