Rainy days no guarantee 
of wet winter

Don’t get your hopes up. Not yet, anyway.

While the rain Friday and Saturday morning was nice and refreshing, it was not a harbinger of winter precipitation to come, according to the National Weather Service.

“It’s still too early to tell,” said Dennis Phillips, a National Weather Service meteorologist in Grand Junction.

It’s hard not to set the tail to wagging, though, when the weather turns cold and the sunrise reveals white-capped mountains and thoughts naturally head in the “if it’s raining down here, it must be snowing tons up there” direction. We’re talking dreams of deep powder.

But no, we’ll just have to wait and see, Phillips said. That doesn’t make the rain any less welcome, however: 0.13 inch fell Friday at Grand Junction Regional Airport and 0.09 inch fell Saturday.

The average amount of precipitation for October in this area is .48 inch, Phillips said, “so we’re probably ahead of the game though right now.”

He did add that temperatures are forecast to get into the 70s this week, greater than the October average of 68 for a high and 41 for a low.

This area has been in a La Nina season for the past two years, Phillips said, and is heading into a weak El Nino year.

And El Nino storm tracks tend to favor the southern United States, he added.

So, there’s the possibility of bountiful snow this winter, “and there’s always the chance for those one or two or three storms that could make up for (previous dry seasons),” Phillips said.


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