Six signs it’s way too warm for February |

Six signs it’s way too warm for February

A crocus blooms in Carbondale on February 6.
Will Grandbois / Post Independent |

Glenwood Springs has seen above freezing temperatures every day for nearly three weeks, boasting three days with a high over 60 degrees so far this month. Even without the forecast, it’s plain that we’re not looking at a normal February. Here are six symptoms of unseasonable balminess:

Confused crocuses
While these hardy bulbs are known for blooming early, the pair that pushed up in a reporter’s yard last week are among the earliest he’s ever seen.

Ice rink shuts down
The rink on Fourth and Main in Carbondale is officially closed for the season. The rink at the Gus Darien arena is also closed, but may reopen if conditions improve.

Golf course opens
Rifle Creek Golf Course officially begins its season on Friday, after opening nine holes over the weekend.

Spring skiing
Although winter sports are still in full swing at higher elevations, winter clothing is becoming a rarity. Short sleeves were common at Spring Gulch for the third Aspen Cup Nordic race, and some skiers have even reported downhillers in swimsuits — usually an end of the season affair.

Bikes are back
Although some folks are willing to bike to work regardless of the weather, they’re now popping up on top of cars in greater profusion. The question is: Are the trails around here dry, or is this another sign of…

The great desert exodus
They say you can tell it’s spring in Moab when all the license plates turn green. If social media is any guide, many valley locals ventured west last weekend, a good month before it’s usually advisable.

A final warning to newcomers and easily fooled locals: don’t expect the heat wave to last. March is the snowiest month in Colorado, and blizzards can surprise travelers on the passes well into the summer.

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