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  1. Thanks Chinook for those stats - impressive for the first couple weeks of February, and kind makes up for the blah January
  2. Thanks Chinook, that latest snow (at least for me) was a surprise. Just curious: what do you estimate your snow total is so far this month?
  3. Good to hear 9.5” is a good amount of snow!
  4. Not a bust where I’m at in the foothills SW of Bellvue (above Horsetooth Res). Between 11-12” total from this storm and happy to see it. I'm estimating 65”+ 8at our place so far this season - a lot of it in October & November (30” from the big storm before Thanksgiving). After a very dry January I say keep it coming
  5. I’m a recovering weatherholic myself and I definitely agree with you, this has been one boring winter so far. I’ve been in Colorado a long time. To give some perspective, IMHO the 1970’s and 80’s were in another league when it comes to cold and snow on the front range (just peruse the weather records for Denver back then). The 1990’s were less so, and since about 2000 cold and snowy winters have far and few between. If you believe in longer term weather cycles/patterns repeating (I do), a pattern more reminiscent of the ‘70s and ‘80s could return. But if and when - nobody truly knows.
  6. Good morning all. I have mainly stayed away from weather forums since this exceedingly, boringly stretch of weather started in December (after a great Oct|Nov pattern). Hard to believe after such a great fall that every storm now misses the front range. Thankfully our mountains are getting regular, albeit smaller, storms. I’m just interested in any explanations as to how/why the pattern changed so drastically for the front range, and the prospects to get back to some semblance of stormiest in the weeks and months ahead? BTW I was about to suggest we cancel the winter thread and move to a spring thread, but I don’t want to over-react....
  7. I keep telling my wife that the area just east of the Colorado Rockies (i.e. here) has become the place where good storms come to die....
  8. K I might also add: although the Dust Bowl may have jarred folks back to reality for awhile, many have since conveniently forgotten or ignore what history has taught us when there is a pile of money to be made. The amount of land being scraped for new development requiring more water is going on like there is no tomorrow. Many farmers on the plains increasingly abandon conservation practices learned after the Dust Bowl era to grow more and more row crops (eg corn for bio fuel). Even Colorado State University, who preaches about climate change and water conservation, recently sold its old football stadium site along the foothills to a developer that will build 600-700 new homes there - complete with blue grass lawns of course. Examples could go on and on. All this going on in an era of frequent droughts and decreasing precipitation and snow packs. These dry spells historically have and will continue to happen in Colorado, the difference now being millions of people live here with more and more water demands.
  9. Good post. I haven't posted here for awhile - been staying away intentionally as hoping for any storms on the front range is pretty much an exercise in futility and disappointment. I am not a native but have been here longer than most (55 years). I can say from experience that the last 3 years, and the last 2 decades in general, have not been kind to the front range - to the point that my wife and I considering moving else where. The things I've liked about the climate here are no more: heavy fall and spring snows (at least once in a while!), upslope storms, thunderstorms in summer afternoons, and more moderate temps in the summer (as noted above June is now just scorching hot - didn't used to be that way). It seems that storm tracks are to the north of CO or south, and the front range remains in no-mans land. My brother lives in Payson, AZ and called this morning saying they got 27" of snow. I am very happy to see the SW get these storms they've truly needed it. I know everything changes, nothing stays the same. For whatever reason it just seems the CO front range is bearing the brunt of the bad things about climate change, and who knows if/when that will actually turn around.
  10. Thanks for your update and good to hear your region is doing well with storms. The CO front range only manages to get wind out of these storms due to the inability to get any semblance of upslope flow. It seems the front range upslope phenomenon continues to be a casualty of climate change :-(. I had been thinking Denver and the northern front range would do well to reach 30" of snow this season. Due to the predominant split flow and lack of any strong storms in our region, I'm thinking we'd be fortunate to reach 20" this season. If/when the pattern changes more favorably, we'll probably be past the point where it is reliably cold enough for snow - but at this point I would be grateful for any form of precip....
  11. Hey good to hear that hope you get some good snow. I also hope the CO mountains get in on some snow. As far as the front range we’re likely to just get windstorms out of it. I just watered the plants in my yard today for the second time this season, and probably will have to again in a couple of weeks. Anything else I put in will be cactus and rocks ;-)
  12. Just have to stay hopeful that things will turn around. I beginning to think it won’t be this winter though. Seem to be stuck in the same pattern although it’s been good for our friend in NM ;-). Maybe spring will bring some beneficial storms to these parts.
  13. Yes, this end of year "storm" was very underwhelming for most of the front range. I just saw the official precip numbers for Dec. for Denver and Fort Collins and both came in at .03". Denver recorded less than an inch of snow. This puts Dec 2018 tied for the 4th driest Dec in Denver's recorded history - and for Fort Collins probably in the top 10 driest Decembers. IMHO, December was a fitting end to one of my least favorite years of weather on the front range, in the 55 years I've been here. Other years on that list are 1976, 2002, 2012. All had in common very little snow, heat/drought, plenty of forest fires, and lots of wind. I'm trying to stay hopeful and patient that 2019 will bring better weather patterns, or at least a sign that things will start to change for the better. Having said that, the outlook for the first part of January is not encouraging for the front range - sunny, mild, and dry. I guess if it isn't going to snow it may as well be mild and sunny....
  14. Rain dance - thanks. I’m glad to hear ABQ and much of NM are catching some storms. The way things are going ABQ will surpass Denver for snowfall this season. In fact Denver is about to have its third consecutive year (calendar) of below 30” of snow. If you look at the records all the way back to the early 1880’s this appears to be unprecedented. Even the dry periods of the 1930’s and 50’s even those years produced more snow. So yea the CO front range is hurting in a big way for snow....