It's been a long cold winter, the fifth coldest on record as a matter of fact. This unseasonable cold streak has many residents wondering if summer's ever coming.
"Brutal, it's been a tough winter," says Western Slope resident, Darrell DeForest. Many western slope residents are still suffering from the Winter blues, even though spring is already halfway over. It seems like every time the forecast calls for a warm–up it's followed by a freeze warning. "It's been a long winter and I'm ready for spring," says Dane King.
Since the beginning of Spring the weather has been up and down with temperatures ten degrees above normal, then quickly making a turn for the worse and cooling to ten degrees below normal. This week is no different. "It doesn't surprise me, it's Colorado," says DeForest. This weekend's forecast originally called for a mostly sunny Saturday with temperatures in the mid to upper 70's and 80's for Sunday. But this is Colorado and that changed pretty fast. "Instead of mid 70's it looks like mid to upper 60's on Saturday then 70's on Sunday,"says Jeff Colton of the National Weather Service.
Clouds, rain and cooler temperatures have snuck in under the radar and that's drastically changing the forecast, putting a damper on weekend plans and moods. "I was looking forward to a nice weekend and looking up at the sky and seeing the clouds coming in and it disappointed me a little bit," says King. "I moved here 8 years ago and loved the temperate climate and now it's gotten colder," says DeForest.
The reason for the abrupt change in the forecast is an area of low pressure that's currently moving toward us and picking up a lot more moisture than previously expected. But there's good news behind those storm clouds, spring will quickly follow. "By early next week high pressure builds in and readings jump up into the lower 80's for the Grand Valley,"says Colton. Those 80's should hold for at least the remainder of the work week, which is great news for all. "I'm ready for it to be over and get back to normal weather," says DeForest.
The National Climate Prediction Center has actually forecasted a "warmer" than normal summer, which is expected to start near the tail end of June.