Drought Update

Here we are moving into the final few days of March, and we have only recorded .60" of snow in CO Springs for the month. That puts us over 26 inches below normal for the winter. Alamosa is over 18 inches below normal, Denver is way below normal too. Ironically, Pueblo is just over 4 inches below normal. Storm system that move through actually gave Pueblo quite a bit more snow than surrounding communities. Pueblo has picked up 25 inches of snow, versus the 9 inches for CO Springs. You won't see that every year! Anyway, the drought situation is bad and likely to worsen. While the current La Nina is weakening quite a bit, it is still going to influence our pattern for quite a while. Thus, I think April will be dry and warm and most of May. It is possible that with the weakened La Nina, the monsoon may not fail. This would be huge, and allow at least a couple months of some rain. Like I've been saying on TV though, I am not optimistic about drought relief in the near term.

 Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by James Sperry Location: Westcliffe on Apr 8, 2011 at 08:06 AM
    Hi Brian, I was wondering if you could give us an update on the La Nina Model (NINO3.4SST,ECMWF forecast) and sea temp anomaly. Or could you give me the website(s) info to look this info up to help me decide on cattle and hay production decisions. You were very instrumental in saving my operation last April and Novemebr when you gave a talk to the Fremont and Custer Conservation Districts. I am just one you helped up here and appriciate your hard work to understand our weather here. Many thanks and look forward to what you may have to say.
  • by JOHN Location: PENROSE on Apr 4, 2011 at 10:14 AM
    I have been to some of your long range forcasts--could you please tell me what your next long range 6 mo. forcast looks like?? Thank you much.....
  • by Brian Bledsoe Location: Weather Center on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:48 AM
    Believe it or not, there have been quite a few dry Marches. The driest was in 2007, when just a Trace of precip was recorded... Either way, this one is still pretty dry...
  • by Chris Location: North Co Springs on Mar 27, 2011 at 09:37 PM
    Hi Brian: How does this March compare to other dry Marches if we don't get any more precip the rest of the month. Just curious to see how it measures up to other droughts and snowless Marches. Thanks, Chris...
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