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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  • by Rod Location: Pueblo on Feb 25, 2011 at 04:55 AM
    Hey why don't you update your weather as it is now snowing in Pueblo and it started about 3:30 A.M.
  • by Ed Location: dry springs on Feb 4, 2011 at 05:03 AM
    Pueblo....PUEBLO! has 17.5 inches of snow through Feb. 3rd. Colorado springs? 5.8 inches. What gives?
  • by Shawn Location: 80923 on Jan 10, 2011 at 03:33 PM
    Come on Brian.. please level with us. Is there really that much known about the la nina pattern or is it just guess to make people look smart. U have been saying for months that the La Nina pattern is strong but so much says the opposite. As chris said, S. Cal has gotten more rain(almost in history) for this time of year for a so called la nina. The deep south got one of the biggest winter storms ever for them and that's not la nina-like. The mid-atlantic has gotten the same kind of winter storms this year as they did during last year's EL NINO. And here in Colorado is no proof because our weather feels almost exactly like last year's EL NINO! Yeah we had a few 2-3 inchers more last year and a few warmer days this fall but no big storms this year or all of last year either. Is there really that much of a difference? NOPE! Almost seems the opposite coast to coast!!!!!!!! Please try to explain....
  • by jon Location: stratton meadows/southgate on Dec 31, 2010 at 02:21 PM
    about 4.5 - maybe 5 inch snow, very cold.. occured .... already saw chocolate easter eggs on display at store.. kind of early for that .. well see....jon
  • by Mike Location: Manitou Springs on Dec 31, 2010 at 07:40 AM
    Wow ... this was the most snow that Manitou has seen in one dump in years. My relatives from California are loving it.
  • by Jeanne Location: Pueblo West on Dec 30, 2010 at 09:27 AM's hoping that El Nino can roal it's cute head over us for a few hours, so we can have snow and I can pretend I'm in Wisconsin again. Happy New Year to all...
  • by Ed Location: Bandera Rojo, CO on Dec 30, 2010 at 08:44 AM
    Well, it looks like the updated forecast is for quite a bit more than we've had in a long, long time here. So when will the newest update be coming out that let's us know the storm went this way or that way and we'll have to scale back the amounts some? Dusting to an inch...
  • by Fran Location: Colo Spgs on Dec 30, 2010 at 05:04 AM
    Please use the local jargon for the weather. It helps develop our identity. Like Chinook winds and Albuquerque low.
  • by Eileen Location: Woodland Park on Dec 29, 2010 at 08:18 PM
    Just a grammar suggestion for Brandon. We don't go "deeper" into a day....We go "later". The snow may get deeper, or not but a day doesn't get deep.
  • by Ed Location: Red Flag Springs, CO on Dec 28, 2010 at 01:12 PM
    So the "storm" for this Thursday/Friday...doesn't look that significant in regards to snowfall. Does that mean our token inch to a dusting yet again? It's a shame that we got more precipitation out of the frozen fog that melted last week than all of the snow combined so far this season.
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