January 22nd, 2009:
We all know that this Winter has been a piece of cake. No huge Arctic Outbreaks, no huge storms, and temperatures have been a real treat as of late. To put this in perspective, check out the snow totals so far this Winter:
Alamosa: 13.2" ( 5.2" below normal )
Colorado Springs: 10.5" ( 10.5" below normal )
Pueblo: 4.8" ( 14" below normal )
Goodland, KS: 7.7"
Clearly the first part of the Winter isn't our snowiest part of the season, but we should still have had better snow by now. February isn't a terribly snowy month for Eastern Colorado. March and April can do big things, but the pattern has to be conducive to storm development before that can occur. We talked about this last Fall, when I saw La Nina coming back. As you well know, La Nina is not a snow maker for most of us in Eastern Colorado. The rest of the Winter and into Early Spring, I would look for wild temperature swings, bouts of very warm weather, plenty of wind, and not much snow. Granted, it only takes one good storm to bring us back to normal. Hopefully, we will get a couple good storms. I just don't have an optimistic feel about that occurring...
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe