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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  • by jon Location: strattonmeadows/southgate on Nov 30, 2010 at 05:32 PM
    Here is something, look up on the internet; atacama desert in Chile, now there is the future vision of what we have to expect here.. check that one out, less than .004millimeters of rain total per year.. hardly an atomic particale of it.. jon
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Nov 30, 2010 at 11:59 AM
    Yep...and there aint NOTHING on the horizon. This is going to be a winter snow season to forget. ...the effects that show up in the spring are what I'm worried abuot to. Dry fall, dry winter, hot dry summer...drought. Sigh.... and Brian says another ten years of this? I'll put my guess in for winter total snow! I say CS gets 8.4 inches TOTAL for the 2010-2011 snow season. New record!!!
  • by jon Location: strattonmeadows/southgate on Nov 29, 2010 at 08:24 PM
    WOW!!! got a whopping huge 3/4 in of snow, containing .05 in of melt water, now isn't that a wonderful productive,useful snow event ? come let us celebrate this great occassion for the occurance of such a huge storm !!! oh well got better things to do, such as planning on 'desertification of my garden with VERY interesting plant selections, can hardly wait for spring to ' spring into action, forget about this ' winter cold nonesense ... jon
  • by Paul Location: Rockrimmon on Nov 29, 2010 at 09:21 AM
    Jon, normals are based on 30 year averages and are updated once per decade. So our current normal of 17.4 inches/year is based on the average from 1971-2000. Next year, '71-80 will be replaced by '01-10 and our new normal will be about 16.5 inches. But the past decade has been even worse. We've averaged 13.3 inches in the last 10 years and if you take away the rainy 2004, we've averaged 12.3 inches. And this year we probably won't hit 10 inches. So....it's been bad.
  • by Ed Location: Saraha Springs, CO on Nov 28, 2010 at 03:58 PM
    Get Ready Colorado Springs!!!! Here comes our "dusting to an inch..." These will no doubt be the token words of the 2010-11 winter season.
  • by Ron Location: colorado springs on Nov 27, 2010 at 09:54 PM
    bring on the snow we need a white christmas do a snow dance or something you know like the rain dance but for snow lol
  • by Ed Location: the desert of Colorado Springs on Nov 24, 2010 at 09:26 AM
    Well. I can't say I'm surprised. Saw this coming. As much as I hate to say it, this will be a record breaking winter. In a bad way, that is. We're already recorded the hottest September on record, the 4th hottest October, and unless something changes, a top ten in the hottest november. All of this with ZERO snowfall...the future looks bad, bad, bad. I think I'll go out on a limb here and predict record low snowfall for CS this season. I bet we barely break 10 inches if we even do break it. Hey Brian, how about a contest of some kind... maybe allow viewers to predict how much snow we (wont) get this season. Whoever is closest wins? C'mon....it'll be fun.
  • by Dolores Location: Rocky Ford on Nov 23, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    That is so depressing to hear. We have been here in Colorado since 2006. Has there ever been a winter without snow at all during a la nina? Or anytime ever? Thanks
  • by jon Location: strattonmeadows/ southgate on Nov 21, 2010 at 09:38 PM
    with the PDO- and the AMO , this being expected to be an extended regeme, this would mean the drought, may actualy become the ' new set of normals for precipitation in our area would'nt it ? as it continues for many years in a string.. this most likely would, don't you think? seems that with the exception of April, half of June, July & Aug of 2004, seems that we have been in an extended drought of varying intensity , usually low to low moderate for all the years since it started in late summer of ' 99. .. jon
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