SUMMIT COUNTY — Warmer than average temperatures
reigned through the end of September, marking a temperature trend that
persisted throughout the past 12 months.
The average daily high
in Dillon was 68.2 degrees, almost two degrees above the historic
average (66.3 degrees), based on records going back to 1909.
The historic average daily low for September is well below freezing, at 28.7 degrees.
But this year’s lows for the month averaged to 34.1 degrees, as measured by Denver Water for the National Weather Service.
local trend is in line with several climate-change models that predict
warmer night time temperatures in the mountain region, a trend with
serious implications for snowpack, runoff and potentially even for
snowmaking operations at ski areas in the region.
The high temperature for the month was 77 degrees (Sept. 1).
The mercury climbed into the 70s frequently (17 days), and there were only three days when it didn’t hit 60 degrees.
the low end, the Dillon station didn’t see a frost until Sept. 18. The
coldest temps came Sept. 26-28, with a low of 25 degrees on all three
Precipitation at the Dillon observation site was near
normal in September, 1.4 inches, as compared to the historic average
October is one of the driest months of the year,
with average precipitation totaling only 1.07 inches, although the
month often sees the season’s first significant accumulation of snow,
with an average 7.7 inches of the white stuff.
Weather statistics for Breckenridge were not available as of Sept. 2.
Most climate models are showing development of mild La Niña conditions.
cooling of sea surface temperatures in the Eastern Pacific makes it
tough to predict snowfall for Colorado. Generally, the emergence of La
Niña means that Colorado should be headed for a near average winter
season in terms of precipitation.
The Climate Prediction Center is
calling for above-normal temperatures through at least December across
all but the very norther reaches of the state.
Perhaps continuing through the winter if La Niña conditions persist.
bottom line shows a continued tendency toward dry conditions in Arizona
and eastern Colorado, with a good chance for near-normal snowfall in
the mountains of Colorado, according to climatologist Klaus Wolter.
the La Niña weakens, it may allow for more fall and winter moisture in
Arizona, New Mexico and eastern Colorado, all areas afflicted by an
on-going drought, Wolter concluded in a forecast posted on the National
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website (www.cdc.noaa.gov
looking to meet anyone who enjoys long, fast turns on sweet groomers, big hits or deep pow in the glades!! Must love the outdoors and not be afraid of cold temperatures or adverse weather conditions.