Alaska is hogging all of the cold this year!
Yeah I know. Wish they could send us some
Express Mail that stuff. OVERNIGHT!!
my home state of Alaska has definitely had a colder and snowier than normal winter this year, but it’s good news considering that they had been in a snow drought that lasted nearly 10 years, also, those of us that live in states that endured historic drought last winter, are finally getting rid of it slowly but surely…and so far this year…around 60 inches of snow here in Monument, a little below average, but still, nearly 3 times what we had all of last year…and we still have March and April to go…and those are the months where we typically get clobbered, but then again, it has been a really odd year…for instance, in January, we had only 3 inches of snow for the whole month, and temps soared into the 50s and even around 60 a few times…a stark contrast to December, when we had several decent winter storms, including nearly 15 inches of it for Christmas.
All in all, the pattern has been flipping back and forth between longer than usual cold and snowy periods, followed by unusually long stretches of warm and dry weather…sometimes lasting for 3 weeks at a time, both patterns are unusual, even for Colorado.
the rest of the US has been crazy…more than usual severe weather outbreaks, as well as wetter than usual for the Midwest and East coast, but a startling lack of snow in either region.
By the way, if you guys didn’t see in the news, we got blasted this last weekend with heavy snow (2 feet of it here with drifts that were 4 feet in some places) and some areas, like Blackhawk, just to the west of Denver, got around 50 inches of snow, the thing that made this storm unusual wasn’t so much the snow amounts, although metro Denver set a new record for February, 15 inches out of one storm, the rest of us are no strangers to heavy snow this time of year, however, the amount of moisture in that snow was astounding, as it amounted to around an inch of rainfall, which is unheard of in February.
The second feature that made this storm unusual is the pattern that it followed, it tracked from the southwest, and then stalled out over Colorado, that is a pattern that is almost exclusively for March and April blizzards, and I am a little giddy about what kind of monster storms might form during those months…those are always the most fun to experience.
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