Our favorite meteorologist, Chris Tomer, brought to our attention this morning that one year ago today a historic storm cycle hit Colorado triggering the largest, most devastating avalanche cycle on record.
Image shows grand total snow March 1-15
Here is more from our man Chris Tomer:
March 1….the one year anniversary marking the start of the biggest storm cycle on record in Colorado (March 1-15, 2019). I remember seeing the jet stream stretch all the way back to Hawaii and taking aim at California, Utah, and ultimately Colorado. It was an atmospheric river setup. I can see a grenade coming in the atmosphere and this was it. I told our newsroom, “This is really something, the snow between storm systems will not bond well, and we have to watch for devastating avalanches.” This would be a series of three large, moisture rich Pacific storm systems. Each delivered 1-3 feet of snow to Colorado’s mountains. Grand totals by March 15 reached 144” in a couple places (12 feet). The largest, most devastating avalanche cycle on record followed.