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After some decent late Summer and early Fall rain, we have had it pretty dry lately.  The Drought Monitor is now showing Moderate Drought conditions returning to the Southeast Plains.  Bent, Baca, Prowers, and eastern Las Animas counties were hit extremely hard by drought this year, and it simply doesn't look like this will change.  With the main storm track to our north, and that not likely to change anytime soon, it is only going to get drier.  With La Nina trying to make a reappearance, this only will fuel the drier than normal conditions for Southern Colorado.  Now it can only take one monster storm to squash the drought, but that doesn't look likely right now.  We'll see what happens...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by ryan Location: monument on Dec 6, 2008 at 07:39 PM
    holy cow this is crazy almost all of the state is covered in a drought this is only going to get worse in summer of 2009 I would have never have thought of being back in the drought agian all my years of living in colorado I've been through this before well this will be good if you want to go to any rockies games this summer anybody ready for the 2009 season I know I am lets just hope that the rockies win the world series cause the drought will last for a while
  • by julio Location: 80907 on Dec 1, 2008 at 12:18 PM
    Well, this will help with the drought conditions. I don't think the airport measured much snowfall, kind of like 2006. I hope we'll see a couple more storms like this one.
  • by jon Location: stratton medows/ south gate area on Nov 30, 2008 at 09:38 PM
    as usual, nothing but a lousy dusting here, never will get a turn here for any decent snowfall, worthless north wind denies snow for downtown - south side. i think that very long time ago, there use to be occassional SE upslope/ Albuquerque lows that would dump several inches here maybe up to a whole foot of it, but it's been a very long time ago, & think it is never going to occur ever again...jon
  • by Josh Location: Flying horse on Nov 30, 2008 at 04:33 PM
    Update i measured the snow an hr ago we stand at 19 inches now... wow.. and u guys say another 2 to 5 inches.. i cant move my car i need to be at work tomorrow morning at 9am in castle rock
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Nov 30, 2008 at 03:34 PM
    Well, whatta you know!?! Some snow in the area! What did you guys say...? A dusting?...looks like about 6-8 inches at my place...
  • by Josh Location: Flying Horse on Nov 30, 2008 at 06:43 AM
    WOW what a wake up call.. hello, winter is here.. i live near north gate and highway 83, and we have close to 7 inches on the ground and it is snowing hard.. i say rates of 2 to three inches and hour.. i went out to go feed my friends animals and i was stuck on struters and north gate.. stay home the roads are covered.. and not plowed. don't risk getting stuck.. its not worth it.
  • by shawn Location: 80923 on Nov 27, 2008 at 12:59 AM
    Brian- i saw u put that we saw more snow last year than the previous el nino winter- keep in mind that that's because it's measured at an airport that for some reason is official for measuring moisture for the springs. that's like using pikes peak as Colorado Springs official measuring site. it's never even close down there. And last year i don't remember any big storm whatsoever, unless if just the airport received the snow and no one up north did. La Nina gives nothing to n. el paso county!!!
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Nov 24, 2008 at 09:31 PM
    Hey guys, keep in mind that we "officially" saw more snow last year ( La Nina Winter ) in Colorado Springs and Pueblo than we saw during the previous El Nino Winter. While the overall pattern may suggest less snow than normal, it only takes one big storm to make up that deficit. At this point, I continue to forecast less snow than normal for this Winter. If I had to put down a number, I would say somewhere in the lower 30 inch range. November is our second snowiest month and we have only received at Tr. at the COS airport. Obviously, that gives us some ground to make up. Thanks for weighing in...
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Nov 24, 2008 at 11:06 AM
    jon, yeah...the winter of 01-02 had 15.9 inches of snow. We also only had 17.4 in 05-06...which was the 2nd least total we've had on record...all this to say we've had two seasons with record LOW snowfall totals in the last 8 years. We'll no doubt have another less than 20 this year...I personally think we'll have a total of 15.4 inches - a new record low snowfall amount. So, weather guys...what do you think?
  • by Anne Location: South on Nov 24, 2008 at 09:19 AM
    So why is it that when we have a La Nina year, we get very little precip, other states like Michigan get hammered? In years where we get the precip, in the El Nino years, they have a somewhat dry winter. Why does it affect us so differently?
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