October 20th - 22nd Rain and Snow Totals

Nothing like getting Winter started in October.  The last two Octobers have been pretty quiet, due to La Nina.  However, during an El Nino ( like we are currently experiencing)  we can get some pretty robust October snowstorms.  Recent good October snowstorms occurred on October 26th, 2006 and October 26th of 1997.  While this one wasn't quite as big as those storms, it still left it's mark.  The graphics below are courtesy of the National Weather Service Office in Pueblo.

Total Snowfall

Excellent moisture content with this storm too.  Check out the liquid equivalent from the snow and rain:

Total Precipitation 

We've been dry around here lately, so it was certainly nice to get some good moisture.  If you read our blog regularly, you know that I have been touting an active Winter.  So, here's to the start of an active Winter...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by essie on Nov 8, 2009 at 07:28 PM
    we need sun rigth now snow go way make me upset crying bad
  • by esmeralda alexander Location: weather on Oct 28, 2009 at 07:53 AM
    snow go way make sick this is colorado springs need sun come up rigth now
  • by esmeralda alexander Location: weather on Oct 27, 2009 at 08:24 AM
    make upset we need sun rigth now go way this colorado springs g00d temperature 50or60 what time sun up
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Oct 26, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Looks like this next storm that is supposed to hit us Wed/Thurs is going to have north/northeast wind...means very little or no snow for the springs. Dang it!
  • by Brian Bledsoe Location: Weather Center on Oct 25, 2009 at 08:30 PM
    Sarah's forecast last night had 3 to 7 inches out for Rye, for today and tonight. You got a bit more than forecast, but our forecast had more than an inch or two out for you guys...lol. It is a bit early to see this kind of weather, but given we are under the influence of an El Nino, this is pretty typical. Thanks for reading our blog, Lee...
  • by Lee Location: 81069 on Oct 25, 2009 at 08:19 PM
    We have been slammed up here above Rye!! Of course we love it, but isn't it a bit early for this consistent snow and cold? We've had almost 2 feet total accumulation since Wednesday. And there was no predicting of all the snow we got today....even as of last night we were only supposed to get an inch or two!!! We got well over 8" today and it's still coming down!!
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Oct 25, 2009 at 05:05 PM
    It kills the precipitation making process in general. Snow, rain, it really doesn't matter. Had Pueblo seen the same strong north wind, they wouldn't have had as much rain. The problem with the north wind, is that powerful dynamics CAN overcome the downslope effect. However, it takes a very powerful storm with the perfect track. We usually need strong easterly winds at the upper levels of the atmosphere to overcome the negative downslope effect. A classic Albuquerque Low will accomplish that...
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Oct 25, 2009 at 03:38 PM
    Aaron, Any storm that comes through here in the springs with a north, northeast or northwest wind severely limits our snow. It seems like every storm the last couple of years has been like this. It stinks...I know.
  • by Reza Location: Pueblo on Oct 25, 2009 at 01:23 PM
    Brian, Does the downslope effect of north winds shut down snow better than rain? Was there more dynamics to overcome in Pueblo than in COS?
  • by Aaron Location: Ramstein AFB on Oct 24, 2009 at 10:40 PM
    What would be a perfect setup for a huge snow storm in Colorado Springs anyway? I have lived there for a few years now and I have only seen one really big snow event actually in the springs.
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