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Weather Wise

published: March 5th 2021
by: Brian Bledsoe

Meteorological Winter Summary

Well folks, the “official” end to winter has come and gone. Meteorological winter runs from December through February. I know that many of us can still see winter before or beyond that time frame. For me, here in Colorado, typically our snowiest months come during March and April. So while the rest of you are warming up, we still have snow to worry about up here. At any rate, I wanted to give you a rundown of how we all did in terms of temperatures and precipitation.
Temperature Anomaly
December


January


February


    You can see from the maps above, most of the country was average to above average in the temperature department for the first two months. However, February was a completely different story. I know that comes as no surprise to anyone, with the snow and the record setting cold air that impacted the central part of the country. Isn’t it amazing how one significant event or two can skew the entire winter? This past February will no doubt go down as one of the most memorable for the state of Texas
December - February Precipitation Anomaly


    Precipitation wasn’t as polarizing as temperature. However, for some areas it was largely considered some of the driest times on record. Southern California, Arizona, New Mexico, far South Texas all experienced significant dryness and significant drought. The other area of interest was the Northern Plains. The Drought Monitor continues to show the areas that remain the driest, and with the biggest drought issues.


    That’s a lot of real estate that is currently dealing with drought...most of the western half of the country. What does the latest NMME Model precipitation forecast look like? Well, less than ideal for many areas that need drought relief.
NMME Model Precipitation Forecast March-May


    The brown shaded areas reflect a tip toward drier to much drier than average conditions, while the green shaded areas reflect the opposite. The stoutest dry signal exists across The Four Corners states, which is no big surprise, is where the drought is already the worst. We’ll see how she pans out.

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