Snowpack news: Weekend storm exceeds forecast in the Upper Arkansas Valley #COwx

Colorado SWE as a percent of normal November 26, 2013
Colorado SWE as a percent of normal November 26, 2013

From The Mountain Mail (Brian McCabe):

Salida received more than the 3-5 inches of snow forecast for Thursday through Sunday, with reports of 12-16 inches of snow around town. All of the snow equaled .78 inch of precipitation, bringing the November total to .96 inch, .41 inch more than the average of .55 for the month.

Salida’s year-to-date precipitation totals 11.52 inches, 1.23 inches more than the historical average of 10.29 inches for January through November.

“This was really just a drop in the bucket in the big picture,” said Bill Gardiner of the Colorado Natural Resources Conservation Service. “It would take quite a few years of above average moisture to get us up to where we should be, but this is a good start.”

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