Will We Really See Snow In CO Next Month? History Says We Might
I haven't had time to mentally prepare myself for another season of snow (or should I say, chaos) so I would prefer if history didn't repeat itself in this instance.
Thanks to a quick look at the calendar on my phone, I've come to find out we are just 15 days away from September 3, 2021.
Why is September 3 a note-worthy day, you might ask?
Although the occurrence dates back to the 1960s, Denver saw its earliest snowfall in recorded history on Sept. 3, 1961.
On that date, a total of 4.2 inches of snow fell on the Mile High City; the 1961 snowfall actually came before Labor Day that year, quite literally marking the "unofficial" end of summer with a quick and unexpected change in the seasons.
Fast forward a few decades - Denver saw its second earliest measurable snowfall on record on September 8, 2020, according to the National Weather Service.
"By the evening of September 7th, a series of cold fronts progressed southward from Wyoming into Colorado, dropping the temperature down to the low 30s by early Tuesday morning (Sept. 8). Snow developed across the Front Range and foothills overnight, while a mix of rain and snow developed along the I-25 metro corridor."
Although total snowfall accumulations only totaled about 1 to 3 inches across much of the eastern plains, the fact remains that snow still fell - in September.
So now the question is - could we see snow in Colorado as early as next month?
It's not likely, but it's also not an impossibility.
According to 9News, Denver's average first snowfall lands on October 18; by that measure, we are still a little ways out from getting some snow (*insert the praying hands emoji here*).
On that note - I'm going to go back to cherishing these beautiful, warm, summer days before they're gone.
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