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Winter 2017-2018 Climate Summary for Eastern Utah and Western Colorado

*Please note that all data mentioned is collected from our automated observing stations from 10 different airports across eastern Utah and western Colorado. Some of our cooperative observers in more remote areas may have measured warmer or colder temperatures, or more or less precipitation than what was mentioned in this summary.*

 

While it may still feel like winter outside with some mountain snow occurring, Meteorological Spring has already begun! The winter season, observed from December 1st to February 28th, was generally warm and dry across the region. Several strong ridges of high pressure stayed put overhead which led to temperatures climbing above normal, especially during the months of December and January. All but one of our automated stations from across portions of eastern Utah and western Colorado reported below normal precipitation for the three month period. The most notable deficit was at the Durango Airport, which ended up being 2.55 inches below normal for the season after receiving 0.90 inches of precipitation. The winner number wise was the Craig Airport which measured 2.86 inches of precipitation from December to February. Temperatures were mild with most sites sitting above normal for the season. However, plenty of cold nights were still experienced with multiple negative temperatures recorded.


The preliminary climate summary for some of our automated stations can be found on the attached slide show. Please keep in mind that when we say precipitation we are talking about total water content of either rain or rain and melted snow. So no worries, more than an inch or two of snowfall fell at these sites this winter! For more climate information from other sites, please visit our climate page on our website at http://w2.weather.gov/climate/index.php?wfo=gjt (select the NOWDATA tab for even more sites). You can also follow us on Facebook (@NWSGrandJunction) or Twitter (@NWSGJT).