Snowpack news: Denver high and dry this season, mountains doing OK

Snow water equivalent as a percent of normal via the NRCS
Snow water equivalent as a percent of normal via the NRCS

From (@brendansweather):

With just a handful of days to go before the end of the month and beginning of a new year, Denver’s seasonal snowfall is running well below normal. January 1 marks the halfway point in our 2013/14 snowfall season which begins July 1, and if December ended today we would close at just 35% of normal snowfall for the period. Denver ordinarily sees 21.2 inches of snow through December, but so far this year Denver International Airport (DIA) has only received 7.6 inches of snow.

Denver typically sees the bulk of its snow in the spring. The long-running seasonal average (1882 – 2012) is 57.5 inches of snow, with 64% of that usually falling between January and June. Although we are in quite a snow(less) hole, there is still hope for the snow lovers out there. Last season, we ended the December with just 12.4 inches of snow, but thanks to a wet spring finished the season well above normal with 78.4 inches recorded at DIA…

Snowfall numbers across Colorado are doing much better, especially compared to where we were last year at this time. Snotel stations across Colorado are reporting Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) numbers at more or less 100%.

Even with a more unfavorable pattern over the last few weeks, many mountain locations have picked up several good snows on the northwesterly flow, especially resorts like Steamboat which can do very well under these patterns.

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