Drought news: Anyone remember Denver’s Thanksgiving blizzard in 1983? #CODrought

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I’ve now been reduced to reminiscing and dreaming about atmospheric rivers.

I remember that storm and newly elected Mayor Peña’s travails in dealing with it. He had run against, and beat, former Mayor McNichols. Ironically McNichols’ handling of the Christmas 1982 blizzard played a big role in his loss.

It used to snow in Denver and Colorado (as recently as water year 2011).

Here’s a blurb from the Old Farmer’s Almanac’s Historic Thanksgiving Storms:

November 25, 1983
The Great Thanksgiving Weekend Blizzard
This storm hit Denver, Colo., and produced 21.5 inches of snow in 37 hours, closing Stapleton Airport for 24 hours. The snow and wind closed interstate highways around Denver.

Click on the thumbnail graphic for Klaus Wolter’s winter forecast from yesterday’s Water Availability Task Force Meeting. There wasn’t a dry eye in the place.

Here’s a report about the meeting from Bobby Magill writing for the Fort Collins Coloradoan. Here’s an excerpt:

Odds are, this winter will be dryer than normal in Northern Colorado, according to Klaus Wolter, a climatologist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder, who updated his seasonal forecast for Colorado water managers on Tuesday…

Over the next few weeks, Thanksgiving will remain dry, but cold and snowy weather moving toward Colorado next week may have a difficult time getting here, Wolter’s forecast says. Beyond that, a cold North Pacific Ocean and a warm North Atlantic Ocean will conspire to keep a large number of snowflakes away from Colorado through March.

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