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Glenwood ties record high temp

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” It looks like Glenwood Springs has reached record temperatures over the last few days.

“We usually have a thaw in February. It’s a little bit later this year, I think,” said Glenwood Springs resident Oscar McCollum, who records daily temperatures and precipitation for the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network.

The National Weather Service does not have an official monitoring site in Glenwood Springs. But its volunteer observers said Glenwood Springs reached a record 69 degrees on March 3, 1921, according to NWS meteorologist Mike Chamberlain. The NWS won’t have results from its volunteer observers until the end of the month.

But McCollum’s measurements show Glenwood Springs on Sunday tied the NWS high temperature record of 62 degrees on March 1, 1986. McCollum measured temperatures over the next two days about three degrees lower than the NWS record high temperatures.

McCollum said the lowest low temperature of the winter in Glenwood Springs was -12 on Dec. 27.

Chamberlain said temperatures of 71 degrees recorded at the Grand Junction Regional Airport Tuesday broke a record of 70 degrees for the same day in 1921.

He said the warm temperatures are due for a change though. Saturday will probably bring average or below average temperatures.

McCollum said, “I don’t think we’ll have any more severe cold weather this spring. We could have some snow, but I don’t think it’s going to be around zero (degrees).”

The Natural Resources Conservation Service said Tuesday that Colorado’s above-average amounts of snowpack is decreasing but is still above average after a fairly dry February.

On Tuesday, statewide snowpack was 108 percent of a 29-year average. That’s about 80 percent of last year’s snowpack. The Upper Colorado River Basin was 115 percent of average.

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