Offload Area of the Chile Express this morning, 09-09-2020
Photo Courtesy of Angel Fire Resort
Average Snow and Weather Conditions in Angel Fire Resort During September (Week 2)
The average snowfall forecast during week 2 of September for Angel Fire Resort is 0.0 in. There are typically 0.0 snowy days during this week. Angel Fire Resort prevailing weather and snow conditions during the second week of September at the middle elevation of the ski area at 9640 ft, based on historical averages over the last 10 years: At this time of year the typical freezing level (15368 ft) is far above the mid altitude of Angel Fire Resort. is unlikely in Angel Fire Resort in the middle of September but on average there are three days during this week each year when it rains Typical temperatures are well above freezing both day and night at the mid altitude in Angel Fire Resort during week two of September with the average afternoon temperature 55°F and the minimum temperature 50°F. Expect the sun to shine on three or four days per week. Generally light winds (average 26 ftph).
Climate in Angel Fire, New Mexico
Angel Fire, New Mexico gets 22 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year.
Angel Fire averages 89 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year.
On average, there are 272 sunny days per year in Angel Fire. The US average is 205 sunny days.
Angel Fire gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 86 days per year. Precipitation is rain, snow, sleet, or hail that falls to the ground. In order for precipitation to be counted you have to get at least .01 inches on the ground to measure.
Summer High: the July high is around 77 degrees
Winter Low: the January low is 7
Rain: averages 22 inches of rain a year
Snow: averages 89 inches of snow a year
Snow and freezing temperatures are not normal for the early days of September, but the snowfall is a pleasant diversion to all things 2020. It has put a smile on the face of skiers and snowboarders with anticipation of a great snow year. And gives hope to many of the wildfires being dampened and more contained.
As warm as the ground has been in Angel Fire, the snow will probably melt off within 24 hours and our summer activities will resume. The Angel Fire Bike Park is open Friday thru Sunday, weather permitting, until the end of October and the Golf Course is open seven days a week. Call 575-377-4488 for more information.
Will the early snow damage Autumn colors?
According to Dan West, the state forest entomologist for the Colorado State Forest Service, snowfall isn’t the problem, but below freezing temperatures will do the damage. “It’s definitely going to affect the amount of fall foliage that we see this season,” West said. “We’re likely to see quite a bit of loss of color. Instead of seeing the yellows and the oranges, we’re instead going to see more of a brown effect.” West also said, “What we see after a freeze event is blackened or brown leaves that persist on the tree. They haven’t walled off the leaf, so they are still pushing carbohydrates from the photosynthesis process out of the leaves down into the tree.”
Hopefully the Aspens are still green enough that the freeze hasn’t completely stopped their natural color transformation process and we will still get the golden array of colors in the fall.