- Posted April 15, 2012 by
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A welcome snowfall returns to Colorado
However this year with very little precipitation falling in March, and light rain and snow for April, the fire danger is high to very high and has already resulted in a catastrophic wildfire that claimed three lives and destroyed 27 homes in the foothills southwest of Denver. So when a quick moving spring storm brought up to 4 inches of snow Saturday night to the Front Range there was a cause for a mini-celebration by residents who have been living under the threat of wildland fires since March.
Normally in mid-April, there would be feet of snow on the ground, but thanks to a now departed La Nina, there is an early bloom of flowers and budding Aspen leaves. But there is a glimmer of hope with regards to the fire danger as the La Nina weakens in the Pacific, a Madden-Julian Oscillation will move into the eastern Pacific resulting in an increase in precipitation for southern and eastern Colorado for April and May. Hopefully last night’s teasing snow storm will be only the beginning of precipitation for the Front Range of Colorado – otherwise it will be a very long fire season.