Here is a great weather fact for you: Did you know that there are 34 locations in the Rockies and High Plains where April is the snowiest month of the season? Not January, not February, not March — but April! Breckenridge, Colorado, averages 26.5 inches; Casper, Wyoming, 11.6 inches; and Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, 11.3 inches of snow for the month of April.
Right now, while the East has been basking in sunshine and pleasant temperatures, the West has been dealing with winter storm Vexo. Yes, you heard me right: "Vexo." Why the Weather Channel names winter storms is beyond me, although I think I know how it all started. I had a news director back in the ’90s when I was working for NBC10 Philadelphia that insisted we name all winter storms. I couldn't stand it. I thought it should only be reserved for the naming of hurricanes and typhoons. Anyway, with me being me, I started to nickname the storms. For instance, we had winter storm Charlie.
I would simply call the storm Chuck. This drove my news director insane and he eventually put an end to naming winter storms. I won that small battle, but eventually he got even and fired me some 12 years later, winning the war. Note to future TV meteorologists, make sure to keep your friends in this business close, and your enemies even closer. Play nice to your news director and stay under the radar … pun intended.
Alright, got that off my chest. Now lets get back to winter storm sexy Vexy, which has been dumping a ton of snow across the Rockies as skiers rejoice. Here’s the latest snow totals in Colorado … and its still snowing:
Denver: 11 inches
Breckenridge: 12 inches
Eldorado Springs: 32 inches
Conifer: 45.5 inches
You get the picture: a boatload.
For us here in the Northeast, our beautiful weather will continue through mid-week, with the next chance of widespread rain not coming until Thursday and Friday this week.