Precipitation

January 5, 2016--El Niño effect: California braces for two weeks of rain and snow (Associated Press)

After all the talk, El Niño storms have finally lined up over the Pacific and started soaking drought-parched California with rain expected to last for most of the next two weeks, forecasters said Monday. As much as 15 inches of rain could fall in the next 16 days in Northern California, with about 2 feet of snow expected in the highest points of the Sierra Nevada, said Johnny Powel


January 1, 2016--The science of snowmelt and water supply forecasting (Steamboat Pilot)

Snow plays a vital role in our lives as the primary source of the water supply in the Western United States. With as much as 75 percent of the water supply being derived from snowmelt, successful water planning and management of the state’s water resources begins with a comprehensive knowledge of current snowpack conditions and the ability to make informed decisions for the upcoming


December 25, 2015-- El Niño weather pattern taking shape (Steamboat Today)

After a week of persistent snowfall, snow remains in the forecast, but the early part of January could be dry. Steamboat Springs meteorologist Mike Weissbluth, who runs snowalarm.com, wrote that temperatures will be very cold today before the air begins to warm Sunday at higher elevations. The National Weather Service in Grand Junction is calling for a high temperature today of 1


December 12, 2015--Early season snowpack falls short across the West (High Country News)

On April 1 this year, a snow survey in California’s Sierra Nevadas near Echo Peak had to be conducted on bare grass — an unprecedented April Fool’s joke from Mother Nature.


October 19, 2015--El Niño likely to break state drought (Cortez Journal)

The Four Corners is still trending toward a wetter, cooler winter thanks to a strong El Niño, reports the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. The 2015-16 winter forecast from December to February shows a 33 to 40 percent chance that the Four Corners will be wetter than normal.


October 11, 2015--Hopes are high in the Western states for a super El Niño (Herald Times)

El Niño is upon us, and it’s shaping up to be a big one—so big that scientists have amused themselves coming up with new terms for the coming weather phenomenon. Bill Patzert of NASA coined the term “Godzilla El Niño.” Another meteorologist from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who loves kung fu compared it to famed martial ar


October 5, 2015--Rains trigger flash flood watch (Durango Herald)

A flash flood watch has been issued until noon Tuesday throughout Southwest Colorado. Showers are expected to continue through Wednesday. To view the full article and report visit the Durango Herald.


September 21, 2015--Forecast: El Niño one big baby (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Western Coloradans might consider keeping an umbrella handy this fall thanks to the development of a strong El Niño weather system. Less clear is the degree to which snow-sport enthusiasts and those concerned with the adequacy of water supplies should count on a heavier-than-average overall snowpack this winter.


July 22, 2015--El Niño ends La Plata's dry run (Mancos Times)

Above-average spring and summer rains have helped break a 3½-year drought in La Plata County. Higher-than-average precipitation in the region could continue into the winter if El Niño patterns persist, said Jim Pringle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "It looks highly likely La Plata County should stay out of any drought cla


July 16, 2015--Colorado virtually drought-free after several thirsty years, report shows (Denver Post)

A federal drought report released Thursday shows Colorado is nearly free of the thirst that has affected the state — particularly the Western Slope and southeastern counties — for years. Only about 2 percent of the state, limited to the extreme northwest and southwest corners, is still under a designation of "abnormally dry." Last week, 25 percent of Colorad


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