Mountain Snow, But Not Down Low...

While the mountains have been getting plenty of snow, we haven't seen much at all east of the mountains.  You've read this blog long enough to know the reason ( La Nina ), but I thought I would give you a few stats.

Colorado Springs November & December:

Temperature:  November 1.9 Degrees Above Normal - December 7.1 degrees Above Normal

Snowfall:  November 0.2" - December 1.0"... 14.4" Below Normal

Total Precipitation:  9.31", which is over 8" below normal

Pueblo November & December:

Temperature:  November 0.3 Degrees Below Normal - December 4.2 degrees Above Normal

Snowfall:  November 0.5" - December 1.0"... 12.7" Below Normal

Total Precipitation:  11.24", which is 1.11" below normal

Clearly the above stats are much worse for Colorado Springs than Pueblo.  However, it is a telling story for most of Southern Colorado.  Strange as some folks thinks this is, this is what La Nina does to Colorado.  Hammers the mountains and leaves the Plains mild, dry, and rather windy.  We will finish 2010 on a cold note, as Arctic Air will make an appearance Thursday night and Friday.  We may see some light snow at the lower elevations during that time, but the main impact from the snow will remain in the mountains.  Will 2011 be any different?  Not until La Nina weakens, and this likely won't occur until late Spring or early Summer.

Chief Meteorologist Brian



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