#Colorado weather: Unseasonably warm fall could mean warmer, drier winter in Pueblo — The #Pueblo Chieftain #ENSO

La Niña intensifies the average atmospheric circulation—surface and high-altitude winds, rainfall, pressure patterns—in the tropical Pacific. Over the contiguous United States, the average location of the jet stream shifts northward. The southern tier of the country is often drier and warmer than average. NOAA Climate.gov illustration.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Lacey Latch):

Most years by Nov. 9, Puebloans would have already experienced their first snowfall and retired their lighter jackets for heavy winter coats.

That’s not the case this year.

“The weather patterns have just been really unfavorable for any sort of snow here in Pueblo so far this year,” said Cameron Simco, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Pueblo. “It’s just been kind of warm and the systems that come through are really fast and don’t give us a lot of time to get snow here.”

With temperatures in Pueblo reaching 80 degrees over the weekend of Nov. 6-7, the city came just a few degrees short of setting new record high temperatures for those dates.

Meanwhile, Colorado Springs and Alamosa were both hot enough over the weekend to set new record highs, according to the NWS.

What this means for Pueblo’s winter ultimately comes down to the larger climate patterns moving through the atmosphere.

“I know we’re forecasted from our climate partners to have a La Niña, which gives Pueblo generally a drier, warmer winter,” Simco said.

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