Thanksgiving Week & Drought

One of the busiest travel times is getting ready to kick off this week.  Wouldn't it be great to be storm free, so everyone can get to where they are going on time and safely?  Due to our lack of moisture, this is about the only time you will hear me say that "storm free" is a good thing.  Good news is that travel conditions will remain travel friendly locally this week, unless you are heading to the mountains.  The High Country will continue to get snow and wind, and create nasty travel at times.

Again, this really isn't a surprise, but it would be nice to get something more significant than a 10 to 15 minute whiteout.  We've had two of those in the last couple of weeks in CO Springs.  So, just how dry are we?  Colorado Springs has totaled 9.29" of moisture since the year started.  This is almost 8" below normal.  Pretty substantial and it is no wonder why we are dealing with moderate drought conditions for most of eastern Colorado.  In fact since September 1st, CO Springs has totaled just .58" of moisture...WOW!  Pueblo has done better this year picking up just over 11" of total moisture.  This is actually pretty close to normal.  However, Pueblo has only received .18" since September 1st.  Was about 45 degrees last night when I turned on my sprinklers to give my lawn a drink.  Now I obviously drained the manifold after they ran, but this is something one needs to consider if it is going to stay this dry.

This is unlikely to change in the near term, as our weather pattern is being controlled by a strong La Nina.  This usually brings windy, dry and mild conditions to Southern Colorado during the Fall and Winter.  Certainly looks to be following suit...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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