Thursday, December 2, 2021

The 87-year-old Denver snow record could be broken without a flake falling

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This means Denver is ready to break its all-time record for the newest first measurable snow. The last date Denver recorded snowfall was November 21, 1934. April 21st was the last time Denver would collect snow, and for a brief moment this week it looked like it was going to be snowless Stripes are about to end. Come to an end.

Snow shovels are gathering dust in Denver as the city hasn’t measured snow since spring, and AccuWeather forecasters say it could be weeks before the next chance for significant buildup in Mile High City arises.

“There was a band [of snow] That affected downtown Denver this morning, which produced some flakes, “AccuWeather meteorologist Joseph Bauer said Wednesday.

As thunderstorms filled the air on Wednesday morning, official weather observations from Denver International Airport concluded that not enough snow had fallen to be considered measurable snow.

Typically, Denver measures its first snow of the new snow season around October 18th.

To be considered measurable snow, it must accumulate at least 0.1 inches. When some snow falls but does not accumulate by 0.1 inch, it is officially considered a “trail” of snow by meteorologists.

A snow lane was reported at Denver International Airport on October 15 and again on the first two days of November, but so far the 2021-2022 snow season for the Colorado capital is 0 inches.

The lack of snowfall in Denver this season could be related to a meteorological phenomenon occurring thousands of kilometers away in the Pacific Ocean.

This is vastly different from the 2020-2021 snow season, which was one of the snowiest for Denver on record, in part due to the early-season snowfall.

Last year, on September 8th, an inch of snow fell, one of the earliest snowfalls in the city’s history. By the end of the season, more than 80 inches of snow had fallen, the highest total in 37 years.

With a stretch of mostly sunny and warmer weather, November 21, 1934, the record is in danger.

“It looks like the record will be broken,” said Bauer.

Bauer stated that there is a chance of snow showers over the weekend in the Colorado Rockies west of Denver, but when the temperature is high, around 50 ° F, “the likelihood that you will see accumulating snow at this point is very small.”

After this weekend, the snow outlook looks bleak until December.

“Denver may have to wait until the second or third week of December for measurable snow in the city based on what we see,” said AccuWeather long-range meteorologist Paul Pastelok.

Should this forecast come true, it would break the previous record by weeks.

According to Pastelok La Niña, this snow-free pattern could be to blame.

La Niña is a phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean where water temperatures near the equator are below average. This can shape the jet stream and orbit that storm systems take as they traverse North America.

The current weather pattern influenced by La Niña causes storms to move at breakneck speed from the northwest through the plains.

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