by John Simpson
The National Weather service defines the winter season as the months of December, January, and February. Normal rainfall in the Vail area for these three months combined is about three inches. By Valentine’s Day, it looked as if we were going to come up quite short of this amount. Then, the very warm and dry weather pattern, that has been dominate since fall, finally broke down and gave us a cool and wet end to winter At my home in central Rancho Del Lago, I only recorded 0.42” of rain in December, 0.22” in January, and nothing in the first half of February. During the second half of February, I recorded 2.98” of rain, almost an entire season’s worth, in just two weeks. Many others in the area recorded similar amounts. This welcome rain which fell slowly soaked well into the ground with minimal flooding. We shall see how the plants and spring flowers respond shorty. Hopefully, we are in for a good show.