Drought news: Breckenridge precip is ahead of the game for the water year after a wet August #COdrought


From the Summit County Citizens Voice (Bob Berwyn):

An extended monsoon season lifted August precipitation in Breckenridge to well above average, as weather-watcher Rick Bly tallied 4.22 inches of water for the month. The average rainfall for August is 2.26 inches; August 2013 was the wettest August since 1984. “We had a good month for precipitation,” Bly said, adding that the rainfall often came at night, when it’s even more beneficial because it has a chance to sink into the ground before evaporating.

All in all, the 2012 water year has been up and down, with a “desperately dry October and November, according to Bly, followed by a so-so early winter and a gangbusters spring, with drought-busting snows in April and May. Last month’s rainfall also pushed the year-to-date total to above average, at 19.38 inches compared to the average 16.83 inches. Even if September ends up being very dry, Breckenridge will end up the water year (Oct. 1 – Sept. 30) above average, he said…

Precipitation in August was also above average in Dillon, where weather observers with Denver Water tallied 2.13 inches for the month (average 1.77 inches). There was measurable precipitation on all but 12 days of the month at the Dillon site, with 0.34 inches on Aug. 5, the wettest day of the month.

Leave a Reply