Coloradans have a saying--if you don't like the weather today, just wait for tomorrow. That’s life when you live near the Rocky Mountains. However, when a snow storm pattern hits like it did this February, even long time residents wonder when the change will come. It was a record breaking February for the University of Colorado with a total snow fall of 56 inches.
A lot of work goes into organizing snow removal on campus. For more information about that go to http://www.cuoutdoorservices.blogspot.com/search/label/Snow%20Removal
February’s multiple snow storms took their toll on the Outdoor Services crew responsible for campus snow removal. They dealt with weekly storms that dropped an average of 11 inches each time they passed through. Out of four Sundays in February, three averaged 5 inches of snow followed by additional accumulation during the week.
|103 inches of snow fell on campus from November 2014 through February 2015|
As the February storms blasted through campus each week there was little time for the teams to recover. In addition to moving snow, they battled high and low temperature fluctuations. During the day, the snow warmed and caused water run off onto sidewalks and roadways. During the night, temperatures dropped to freezing, and caused ice buildup.
|Daily Lowest Tempretures/Highest Tempretures in relation to Snow Fall|
Tempretures provided by on campus Weather Station
What happens when plowing, sanding and ice removal stop? The ground crews jump into their next campus phase.
While most are enjoying sunny skies and relieved that winter is over, Outdoor Services crews are beginning repairs to areas damaged by snow and ice. They patch turf, remove sand and repair cement. For the grounds crew, the work doesn't stop just because the snow has stopped falling.
To give you a few facts about last year's snow fall. Storms continued through March, April and May. In fact, 7 inches of snow fell as late as May 12, 2014. We are hoping Spring arrives with warm weather this year. Spring showers are welcome, but snow should stay where it belongs--in winter months.