February in Avon drier than normal | VailDaily.com

February in Avon drier than normal

Cliff Thompson

Clear skies in mid-February kept snowfall beneath average in Avon where Frank Doll measures it in his back yard weather-monitoring station.

“It was a very much middle-of-the-pack month,” said Doll. “It was snow early and snowy late, and nothing in the middle.”

Doll’s recordings snow 13.5 inches fell in Avon – 71 percent of the 20-year average of 19 inches. That snow contained just 1.18.

There was a 65 degree temperature spread between the high and low with the warmest, 53, Feb. 18 and the coldest, minus 12, on Feb. 12. Doll characterized that as “average.”

The average daily high temperature was 38, and the average daily low was 14.

February has also seen bitter and balmy temperatures. The coldest, minus 41, occurred in 1989. The warmest, 57, occurred in 1995.

Doll has been a weather watcher for the National Weather Service since 1968.

Doll’s precipitation recordings mirror the state of the state’s snowpack. It’s approximately 80 percent of average across the Colorado River basin, into which the Eagle River drains. Snowpack on Vail Mountain and at the headwaters of the Eagle River on Fremont Pass are at 85 and 80 percent, respectively.

Water from melted snow supplies 75 to 80 percent of the water in Colorado.

Cliff Thompson can be contacted via e-mail at cthompson@vaildaily.com or by calling 949-0555, ext. 450.

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