Snowpack news: ‘As bad as last year was…this year we’re behind it; we’re worse’ — Cory Gates #codrought

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From The Aspen Times (Andre Salvail):

So far this month, 2.5 inches of snow has fallen on the city. If Aspen only receives another 2.4 inches between now and Jan. 31, then the record-lowest January snowfall total of 5 inches in 1961 will be broken.

“We still have a shot at the record,” said Cory Gates, a forecaster with AspenWeather.net. “I think it’s guaranteed top-five.”

The chances for significant snowfall between now and the end of the month are iffy, according to Gates. Above-normal temperatures in the 40s and sunny skies will be in play today and Wednesday. A weak cold front is expected to pass through the area Thursday, bringing a slight chance of snowfall of less than an inch…

In December, 34.8 inches of snow was recorded at the city’s water-treatment plant off Doolittle Drive. The return of decent snowfall, following an extremely dry December 2011, a drought in March and April 2012 and very little snowfall in October and November just prior to the current ski season, was seen as an encouraging sign.

January has dashed some of that optimism.

“As bad as last year was and everybody complaining, this year we’re behind it; we’re worse,” Gates said. “We have less snow this year than last year. The bases at the resorts are only like 21 inches right now, which is terrible. That’s pathetic.”

One Response to Snowpack news: ‘As bad as last year was…this year we’re behind it; we’re worse’ — Cory Gates #codrought

  1. [...] “As bad as last year was and everybody complaining, this year we’re behind it; we’re worse,” Gates said. “We have less snow this year than last year. The bases at the resorts are only like 21 inches right now, which is terrible. That’s pathetic.” (Aspen Times, HT: Coyote Gulch) [...]

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