March is the snowiest month — usually
(Updated Mar. 15, 2013 @ 9 pm MDT)
According to several websites, March is the snowiest month in Denver. Right. That would explain why my outdoor thermometer just hit 78°, my windows are wide open, the house has warmed up to 74°, and I’m wearing sandals.
Look at the snowpack map from the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service. Colorado is in a world of hurt right now. Worse, the Denver metro is in the South Platte drainage. We depend on that snowpack for most of our summer water supply; groundwater alone is not enough.
Meteorologists are saying we need 8 feet of snow in the high country to bring us up to normal levels. Yes, we sometimes have major late season snowstorms, but it’s nothing we can count on. With all this in mind, three area municipalities have already announced that water restrictions will become effective April 1.
And have I mentioned there’s a wildfire, now estimated to be 750-1,000 acres, burning west of Fort Collins?
It’s only March 15, but I have a really bad feeling about the coming summer …