It's not the biggest news of the year, but we still get excited when winter brings Northern New Mexico the life-giving gift of snow.The snowstorm that rolled into the …
It's not the biggest news of the year, but we still get excited when winter brings Northern New Mexico the life-giving gift of snow.
The snowstorm that rolled into the Taos area Friday and through Saturday morning (Feb. 22-23) left the area with a good deal of precipitation, enough to push the Sangre de Cristo Mountains' "snow water equivalent," essentially the amount of water melted from a certain amount of snow, over the 100 percent of "normal" mark when compared to the last 30 years, according to the National Weather Service.
Jack Daseler, a retired meteorologist who lives in Las Colonias, reported that the storm brought 12.5 inches of snowfall, which equals about three-quarters of an inch of water.
Readers of The Taos News reported on our Facebook page even greater amounts -- about 1 foot in Chamisal, 20 inches in Peñasco, 3 feet snowdrifts in Llano, about 3 feet in El Salto, about 10 inches in Arroyo Hondo and about 15 inches in Red River.
While Daseler gets his numbers from actual meteorological equipment, sometimes it's the folk measurements that work best: the area above Valdez had about 2 feet of snow, which is about one beagle deep.
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