After experiencing the amount of snowfall we had last weekend it is hard to think about another dry summer and the possible forest fires it might bring! However, on February 26th, only 2 days after our big snow storm, Channel 9 News aired a report telling us that the state’s forest service said it was not enough to eliminate concerns about fire dangers this summer. As of Tuesday, our state-wide snowpack is only about 76% of average and yet this time last year it was about 86%, and we all know how bad the fires were in 2012! To see the entire video, go to 9 News at http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=319751.
Snowpack is the accumulation of snow in the mountains during the winter. The amount of water in our snowpack directly relates to what goes into our streams and ponds during the late spring and early summer. Melting snowpack accounts for 80% of our total surface water and the snowpack in Colorado usually reaches its highest level around April 1st. Therefore, we need to wish for a lot more snow during the month of March! According to the Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, this is the 5th year Colorado has had below-average snowpack and this is the 3rd straight year of a drought cycle. To read more, go to the Colorado Climate Center at http://ccc.atmos.colostate.edu/droughtqanda.php.
Be sure to make plans and attend the next Elk Creek Highlands / Meadows Property Owners Association meeting at 7 PM, Wednesday, March 6th, in the Association Building at 86 Elk Creek Drive, Bailey. Our guest speaker will be Joe Burgett, Assistant Fire Chief, who will present the READY-SET-GO procedures for evacuation of the area if needed. He will also give an update on Department organization, burn bans and burn permits.
The above picture was submitted by Gregg and Kathy Pearson – Sydney loves the snow! To see more pictures go to the Winter page under the Photo Gallery menu option. More snow storm pictures wanted! Please send to CUNColorado@aol.com.