More cold on tap after frigid month

A meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction said the Grand Valley will likely stay locked in its inversion icebox for the near future, coming off one of the coldest Decembers ever recorded.

Jim Daniels, meteorologist with the local weather service office, said the average high over December 2013 was 26.5 degrees, while lows averaged at 5.2 degrees. That’s the coldest December recorded in Grand Junction since 1919, he said.

The average daily temperature in December was 15.8 degrees, nearly eclipsing the record from 1919 of 15.6 degrees for the month, Daniels said.

Don’t look for radical weather changes anytime soon.

“As long as we have snow on the ground in the Grand Valley, we’ll be predisposed to this inversion,” Daniels said. None of the weather disturbances forecast for the next 10 days appear they’ll be strong enough to clean out the valley’s current weather situation, he said.


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