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Unread 04-18-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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I agree, even though it was a perfect December, we had an earlier start this year (Oct. 8th where i live, Oct 25th 1st measurable snowfall), I had over 80 inches for the year with that massive February snowstorm. But March was dismal with 1 1/2 inches. And April's snow melted to fast surrounded by 70 degree days. But considering the last 10 years with last measurable snowfall, this will be one of the earlier times it ends early, unless some freak strom end of April/beginning of May?

Date of last measurable snowfall last 10 years:
May 11, 2011
May 12, 2010
April 27, 2009
May 14, 2008
April 14, 2007
May 10, 2006
May 2, 2005
April 30, 2004
May 10, 2003
May 24, 2002

source*: Denvers Winter/Cold Season Statistics

 
Unread 04-18-2012, 08:22 PM
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^^That's pretty amazing about 2002 b/c it was a really hot summer that year, one of the hottest on record, with lots of watering restrictions.
 
Unread 04-18-2012, 08:28 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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It hasn't been disappointing inch-wise, but it has March/April-wise.
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Unread 04-18-2012, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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I don't know if anyone follows the Farmer's Almanac, but they have May 24-27th? unseasonably chilly, but say summer should be hot and dry. Wonder if that holds up that the last week of May may see our final snow or freeze?
 
Unread 04-19-2012, 08:55 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I don't know if anyone follows the Farmer's Almanac, but they have May 24-27th? unseasonably chilly, but say summer should be hot and dry. Wonder if that holds up that the last week of May may see our final snow or freeze?
I doubt it. It could be chilly and rainy on those dates, but as warm of a Spring as we're having and considering it's a nation-wide pattern, I doubt we'll see any snow that late. I'm pretty sure I've never seen snow in the city that late in the 10 winters I've spent in Denver.

So when was our last hard freeze? I looked it up and the record earliest last freeze is April 5th. I had a light frost at my house last weekend, but that doesn't count as a freeze.
 
Unread 04-19-2012, 09:55 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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True... and we don't capture our water down here. Better to have the reverse situation.
In a perfect world it would be 55F year round in Denver with no snow and snowing several inches every other day in the mountains for a 500"+ winter season.
 
Unread 04-19-2012, 08:40 PM
 
Location: Lakewood, CO
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So when was our last hard freeze? I looked it up and the record earliest last freeze is April 5th. I had a light frost at my house last weekend, but that doesn't count as a freeze.
Do you mean when the temp got at 32 or below? According to official Denver airport temps it got down to 29 the morning of April 16th, before that April 7th saw 24. I go by Centennial Airport, April 14th and 15th hit 32, we hit 30 April 8th. The weather station nearest me hit 30 April 7th.
 
Unread 04-19-2012, 08:43 PM
 
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At least in the mountains it has been a terrible let down. Not only were skiers affected, but paddling sports will suffer this summer as well due to very low water levels on creeks/rivers. Denver did well over average as far as snowfall though. Right now in the mountains there is less than 50% of the normal snow on the ground.
I am definitely disappointed. I'm not from Denver, but I am headed that way this weekend for my first visit. I had hoped to get in a day of skiing, but the wacky weather pretty much eliminated that from my planning. Bummed.
 
Unread 04-19-2012, 09:23 PM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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I am definitely disappointed. I'm not from Denver, but I am headed that way this weekend for my first visit. I had hoped to get in a day of skiing, but the wacky weather pretty much eliminated that from my planning. Bummed.
You can go to Abasin or Loveland this weekend. It will be warm, and most runs will be closed. I went to LL last Sunday when they got 6" overnight and another 4-6" during the day. It was dust on crust, but a lot of fun still. We might go to Abasin this weekend, but we'll probably go bike riding.
 
Unread 04-20-2012, 06:22 AM
 
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You can go to Abasin or Loveland this weekend. It will be warm, and most runs will be closed. I went to LL last Sunday when they got 6" overnight and another 4-6" during the day. It was dust on crust, but a lot of fun still. We might go to Abasin this weekend, but we'll probably go bike riding.
No, I meant that the weather was iffy enough that I could not PLAN to go. I can only carry so much luggage (I'm flying in for a conference) and unless I could be assured of good snow, I just wouldn't bother with the extra gear and luggage fees.
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