Bruce ‘Barometer’ Bartleson
Bruce ‘Barometer’ Bartleson

Right now, we’re really into that #$%^&* Mud Season, but let’s talk about this winter. According to weather people, “winter” is defined as the weather during December, January and February — OK?

First, to get the reporting up to date, let’s talk a little about February, 2020. Here in Gunnison, we were a little warmer (average of 15 degrees vs 14.5 degrees) compared to long term records (over 125 years of record). However, compared to the past 30 years (modern climate) we were .8°F cooler. Unfortunately, precipitation was well below average with only 0.39 inch of moisture and 3.9 inches of snow, which is well below average for either category.

The good news is that there was no savage minus 30 degree mornings and the coldest was minus 24, and that was on Feb. 5. It seems to me that winter’s back was broken shortly after that and we then had a string of low-40 and mid-30 degree day-time highs. You could just “feel” that winter, as defined in Gunnison, was over. March has certainly continued that trend and daffodils are already popping up in our south facing front flower bed!

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