It is snowing, the wind is blowing, the temp is zero with wind chill factored in, and we are smiling and giving thanks. It has been so long since we've had any moisture and we've been so concerned about wildfires, etc. that we are thrilled with a blizzard.
All around us it is a major blizzard with winds up to 50 mph and drifts up to 5 feet, but here in the "brown spot" we have around 6 inches on the ground, the wind has died down, and it is still snowing. Often when those around us get rain or snow, the weather maps show our area around Canon City and Pueblo as a dry area brown spot. This is due to our position in a double rain shadow with the Rocky Mountains to the west and the Monument Divide to the North.
I normally consider snow to be a four letter word, but tonight I am as happy as I can be. In a drought I'll take any moisture I can get. It sure beats dust and wildfire. The best thing is that this is wet snow with good moisture content. This will help turn our brown prairie into green with colorful flowers.