Why October 18 is a giant day for Denver snow lovers


It’s a giant day in Denver climate historical past, particularly for snow lovers. October 18 marks the date of the typical first snowfall within the Mile Excessive Metropolis. Since at the moment marks the everyday “kickoff” for the snow season within the metro space, it looks as if an applicable time to refresh our recollections on what a typical winter season delivers.
In a median season, Denver information 57.1 inches of snow, distributed throughout 9 months from September by Might. Whereas the coldest air winter has to supply is centered on December, January and February, the snowiest months for the metro maintain off till March and April, when a median of 11 inches and 9 inches fall respectively.
Final winter, Denver formally ended the season with 57.6 inches of snow. It was the primary winter with an above-average snowfall whole for the reason that 2015-2016 season when 72.Eight inches have been tallied.
Whereas it could appear to be a distant reminiscence, this yr Denver has already recorded its first measurable snow, when one inch fell on Sept. 8. It was almost six weeks forward of regular and tied for the second earliest snowfall on file. The earliest measurable snow got here on September 3, 1961, when over 4 inches blanketed town. The most recent in an autumn that Denver has gone with out seeing snow was again in 1934 when it took till Nov. 21 for the primary flakes to fly.
Since our early September snowfall, no further flakes have fallen within the metropolis. On condition that there are not any alternatives for snow in Colorado over the following week, Denver is nicely on its means for an October snow whole that falls nicely beneath the month-to-month regular of 4.2 inches. That is unhealthy information for snow lovers and ski resorts.
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The excellent news for snow lovers is that some alerts are pointing at a sample change for Colorado in the course of the ultimate week of October. That is the one hope for making up floor within the snow division this month.
Ben Reppert is a meteorologist with WeatherNation TV.


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