Winter Weather Time Warp

| 2/22/2016 2:59:00 PM

Tags: climate change, winter, weather, Bruce McElmurray, Colorado,

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Climate change seems to impact many of us, but for those who live remotely at a higher altitude, it is very obvious. I feel certain that a climatologist could explain in detail what is happening in our area, but all I can determine is that this year we are a long way from experiencing a normal winter.

Our winter season started out normally with average temperatures and snowfall, but starting in February, everything changed dramatically. The 112 inches of snow that we had already received suddenly stopped and our temperatures rose to the point that we did not have to keep our wood stove going to stay warm. For three weeks, we did not receive any additional snow and it would only go down to the low 30s at night and warm up to the 50s during the day.

In the nineteen winters we have lived here, we have not had anything like this ever occur before.

Normally, we experience more snow than we have received this year. It is like we are in some winter weather time warp with nothing but pleasant weather occurring. Most people would like the type of weather we are currently having, but we need the moisture to supply us water for the rest of the year.

Last year, we had roughly 90 inches of snow in February, according to my rough calculations. This year, we have not had any snow during the month of February. The snow on our driveway has melted leaving our driveway dry and snow free. The snowpack that had  accumulated has compacted and melted down to less than two feet. Where it has melted in many places, it has become ice which makes walking hazardous.

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