Yes, it hasn’t snowed yet in #Denver. But it’s #Colorado’s meager #snowpack that should worry you: Denver hasn’t seen snow in 225 days, but climatologists say they’re more concerned about the dry conditions in the high country — The Colorado Sun

Westwide SNOTEL basin-filled map December 4, 2021 via the NRCS.

From The Colorado Sun (Olivia Prenzel):

Snowflakes began falling in Denver on Dec. 1, 1913, and didn’t stop for four days, leaving the city blanketed under 45 inches of snow. Some mountain towns saw even more snowfall, with 86 inches recorded in Georgetown, 53 in Estes Park and about 44 in Boulder.

The anniversary of Denver’s biggest blizzard comes amid a much different record for the city: 225 days without snow.

But climatologists say they’re more worried about the meager snowpack levels in the mountains this season…

West Drought Monitor map November 30. 2021.

According to the latest map from the U.S. Drought Monitor, the entire state is facing drought conditions and about 40% of Colorado is facing “severe to exceptional” drought levels, further depleting low reservoir levels. Snowpack is below average, too, with the lowest levels in Colorado’s southwest mountains, according to the data released this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture…

November tied for Denver’s 9th driest on record, with just 0.07 inch of precipitation, according to the National Weather Service office in Boulder…

Denver also finished its warmest and driest combined summer and fall on record. Between June 1 to Nov. 30, less than 2 inches of precipitation was recorded, while an average amount in that period is about 9 inches, Bianchi said.

Temperatures during the same time period averaged about 65.6 degrees — 3.5 degrees above average…

There’s no one answer to explain the lack of snow, but a La Niña weather pattern and climate change are two factors impacting the state’s parched conditions, especially in the southwest, according to Greg Hanson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder.

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