Denver’s First Snowfall of Winter Shatters Nearly 90-Year-Old Record

by Kati Michelle

Snow and Christmas used to go together like peanut butter and jelly. I mean, they didn’t write the classic “White Christmas” song for nothing. And as a kid, snow days were a special occurrence. We would turn our pajamas inside out or flush an ice cube down the toilet while wishing for them. Those superstitions might have been a Midwestern thing but snow days ultimately meant getting to skip school and build snowmen instead. Sadly, it’s looking like that might not be the case for the kiddos of Denver this year. The city just broke a nearly century-old record that might mean Coloradoans will be doomed to dream of a “White Christmas” instead of experiencing it first-hand.

Friday marked the first snowfall of the season in Denver and it didn’t even break an inch. We have to look at the city’s history to really understand the implications of that.

A Record You Don’t Want to Celebrate

Denver finally experienced its very first snowfall of the season on Friday, shattering an 87-year-old record. Measurements taken at the Denver International Airport on December 10th clocked it right at 0.3 inches (the equivalent of 0.8 centimeters). That’s from meteorologist Jim Kalina who works with the National Weather Service in Boulder, Colorado. The Mile High City had not seen a first snow that late since November 21, 1934. 

Kalina attributed this to the continued effects of La Nina weather patterns which tend to bring on drier climates. Unfortunately, the National Weather Service of Boulder shared another record in a recent tweet. In addition to the latest first measurable snow, Denver tied the most consecutive days without any measurable snow.

You can look at the statistics here:

In related news, the US is also facing a shortage of snowplow drivers which you can read about here.

Why This Could Be a Massive Problem For the State Come Spring and Summer

Out here in Fort Collins, Colorado we’re still waiting for our first snow. There was a slight dusting back in October but it was barely measurable. And this could be a major problem for Colorado when it comes to Spring or Summer. This is because our state counts on snowmelt for our supply of water.

This could come to affect things like agriculture and also reduce the capacity of firefighters to fend off wildfires, which our state is typically more susceptible to.