Let It Snow!
Our Guest Writer this week is Lynn Swanson, Murphy Creek’s weather reporter for CoCoRaHS. Throughout the winter months, Lynn provides the MCGC Neighbors’ News Blast with snow and moisture data for the neighborhood. He collects the measurements using equipment in his backyard and reports it daily along with numerous other Colorado collection stations to CoCoRaHS. Our thanks to Lynn for this report!
Here are the data and highlights for February (as of Feb. 23).
Total snowfall for Murphy Creek = 20.0". Water yield from melted snow = 1.45". Days when some snow fell at least part of the day = 9.
The three significant snow events delivered the following:
2/16 - 2/17 5.7 "
2/20 - 2/23 9.4"
And the two smaller deliveries of snow were these:
So, how does this compare to the 'normal' or 'average' for Aurora during February? Using data from 1981–2013, it breaks down like this:
Average number of days with snow = 5.3. We are currently at 9 days.
Average amount of snow = 5.7". We are currently at 20".
Per Lynn, “This is not a record February, but a good showing so far. We might be in the top 5 and still have this week to go. Hardly worth talking about by Boston standards, which is just fine by me.”