Above average minimum temperatures for #Colorado during September, bad for snow-making

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Precipitation disappointed as well:

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Help may be on the way:

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Hope for cold at night.

Click here to to the State of the Climate website for September 2015 from NOAA.

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El Niño: “It’s behind 1997 at this time of year, but not far behind” — Klaus Wolter #ELNino

From The Denver Post (Kevin Simpson):

“It’s in the ‘Big Boy’ category,” said Klaus Wolter, a University of Colorado climatologist who studies the phenomenon whose translation is Little Boy.

Colorado could see a mixed bag of weather events from now through next spring — including a strong possibility of snow by the end of the month, Wolter added.

An El Niño of the current scope, measured by water temperature and wind direction, hasn’t been seen since 1997-98. Wolter figures this could be the third-strongest since 1900, after the events of ’97-98 and ’82-83.

“It’s behind 1997 at this time of year, but not far behind,” he said, adding that it won’t dissipate anytime soon. “But will it stick around for spring? That’s a crapshoot right now.”

Mid-September 2015 Plume of ENSO predictions via the Climate Prediction Center
Mid-September 2015 Plume of ENSO predictions via the Climate Prediction Center

Grizzly Reservoir repairs buttoned up

Grizzly Reservoir via Aspen Journalism
Grizzly Reservoir via Aspen Journalism

From the Twin Lakes Reservoir & Canal Company via The Aspen Daily News:

The repairs were made under about 2 feet of water to minimize releases and control turbidity,” the TLRC statement says. “Over a period of about 24 hours beginning [Wednesday] afternoon … the stilling basin was [filtered] through the silt fence and straw wattles with very good results.