It's the first day of December and there hasn't been any snow yet in Montrose. According to the National Weather Service, it hasn't snowed since March 15 in Montrose, which makes it 261 days since the last snowfall.
Meanwhile, the mountains have far less snowpack than usual at this point in the year. The National Resource Conservation Service says that snow accumulation is 53% of normal at this point in the year in the Gunnison River basin and just one-third in the southwestern-most corner of the state.
I've been enjoying the balmier-than-usual weather for this time of the year. I have 2 tomato plants in 5-gallon buckets that I can move in at night when it freezes, so I've still been enjoying fresh, home-grown tomatoes.
On the other hand, if you ski regularly, you might be lamenting that none of the local resorts have opened yet. Telluride was originally supposed to open on Thanksgiving, but pushed the opening date to this Friday, Dec. 3. Crested Butte is open, but only 8 runs and 4 lifts are working. Powderhorn and Monarch Mountain haven't listed opening dates yet on their websites.
The current lack of snowfall could also affect farmers and ranchers next spring if the pace of snow doesn't keep up with the seasonal shifts.
What do you think about the ongoing weather patterns?