Almost a half meter of snow in May? Here on the slopes of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the Crestone/Baca area of Southern Colorado, at around 8200 feet altitude, over 16 inches fell, or a whopping at least 40 centimeters of fresh snow fell overnight.
For now, I am snowed in… The tree / view shown in yesterday’s blogpost (towards the end just before the tree rings, showing before and during snowing) now looks like this: How fast things can change…
- Local weatherman Keno issued a Special Weather Statement:
“(Weather statement updated at 220 AM MDT on May 10, 2015)
Three weather records were broken at the Crestone/Baca weather station on Saturday, May 9. First, a record snowfall occurred, with 15.9 inches falling, not only breaking the record snowfall for the date (which was 3.0 inches, set in 2013), but this amount also breaks the all time record (for now) for the entire month of May, which was 15.0 inches, set in 2001. But of the time of this report, another 1.8 inches has fallen past midnight (standard time – which all weather data is based on) on Sunday, May 10, with light snow still falling. The record snowfall for May 10, was only a trace, so a record snowfall for this date has already been broken too, with another round of snow showers possible later this afternoon. […]” (SOURCE: http://www.keno.org/vws/special_statements.htm)
See more weather info via my Meteo page.
Just north of Colorado: almost all of Wyoming is covered in snow:
The Sierras in California received a bit of this blessing as well, although the drought remains a major problem for much of California. Here in Saguache County, in its eastern area by the Sangre de Cristo range, the drought is officially (technically) over:
It’s really inconvenient for me right now, but it’s really good news for the water situation. The amount that likely fell higher up above the tree line must be several extra feet! ;-)
“More water in the bank.”
Finding my way to my tent last night…
Alright… now I’m ready for spring to return.