Biggest late May snow in Denver since 1975, Colorado

Biggest late May snow in Denver since 1975, Colorado

As of 14:00 UTC (08:00 LT) on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, Denver, Colorado had officially received 86.36 mm (3.4 inches) of snow. That’s the most snow measured this late in the season since May 29, 1975, when the city recorded 142.24 mm (5.6 inches).

On the same day, Denver tied the record low temperature for May 21 with -0.5 °C (31 °F) Tuesday morning. It was previously -0.5 °C (31 °F) on this date in 2001 when 25.4 mm (1 inch) of snow fell, CBS4 Denver reports.

The record 'coldest maximum' for May 21 is 4.44 °C (40 °F) set 128 years ago in 1891. It's possible that the record could also be challenged.

Below are snow reports through 14:00 UTC (08:00 LT) Tuesday, May 21. Keep in mind the Denver area usually sees only 43.18 mm (1.7 inches) in May each year and about half the time they see no snow in May.

Palmer Lake 304.8 mm (12 inches)
Black Forest 287.02 mm (11.3 inches)
Elizabeth 279.4 mm (11 inches)
Castle Rock 228.6 mm (9 inches)
The Pinery 198.12 mm (7.8 inches)
Franktown 180.34 mm (7.1 inches)
Estes Park 134.62 mm (5.3 inches)
Lone Tree 127 mm (5 inches)
Parker 137.16 mm (5.4 inches)
NW Arvada 101.6 mm (4 inches)
Aurora 101.6 mm (4 inches)
Greenwood Village 101.6 mm (4 inches)
Lafayette 88.9 mm (3.5 inches)
Erie 88.9 mm (3.5 inches)
Niwot 88.9 mm (3.5 inches)
Brighton 88.9 mm (3.5 inches)
Golden 86.36 mm (3.4 inches)
Denver/DIA 86.36 mm (3.4 inches)
Commerce City 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Johnstown 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Westminster 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Windsor 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Boulder 76.2 mm (3 inches)
Littleton 63.5 mm (2.5 inches)
Loveland 50.8 mm (2 inches)
Longmont 50.8 mm (2 inches)
Fort Collins 33.02 mm (1.3 inches)

Featured image credit: William Scherer

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