DENVER — Denver’s weather is one for the record books, as the calendar turned to December with no measurable snowfall.
The National Weather Service has been keeping snow records since 1882. Before 2021, the latest date for measurable snow was Nov. 21, 1934.
The last time snow fell in Denver was April 22, 2021, which means there have been 226 consecutive days without snow. That ranks this period as the third longest period without snow so far, with the longest period without snow being 235 days in 1887.
The lack of snow has far-reaching implications for Colorado, which is experiencing a drought. Forty percent of Colorado is in a severe drought, and that has led to increased fire danger, ABC News reported.
Lack of snow had an economic impact on the area, which is known for its skiing. Some resorts, including Telluride, were forced to delay their opening for the season because of weather conditions, CNN reported. Resorts have had to make artificial snow, which still relies on weather for safety and maintenance.
A storm system has the potential to bring in snow to the Denver area next week, KDVR reported, but it would not be significant.
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