The Snowiest May’s in Denver History
These are the top snowiest May in Denver according to the National Weather Service.
1898: 15.5 inches
The May snowstorm of 1898 is one for the record books. A whopping 15 inches fell in just five days, and temperatures didn’t drop below 29 degrees throughout! It’s likely this storm came with heavy wet flakes that resulted from an intense burst freezer-level cold front moving through our area last week.
This powerful blast brought lots more than just measurable amounts; it also put trees Nature can be lean on its luck sometimes though – many were injured or even killed by these relentless storms.”
1898 ended up as Denver’s snowiest May on record, all thanks to this one storm. Also, naturally, two days after the foot-plus snowstorm, it hit 65 degrees.
1950: 13.7 inches
Even though Denver is no stranger to spring snow storms, this particular event took place in May. The sun angle was high enough that even when it was below freezing and there were strong winds from the north which made accumulation difficult–the ground still frosted over with fresh powder just hours before!
The 25th of May is a day that will live in Denver’s history books as one where an unheard-of amount snow fell. The 1950 storm, though not quite as heavy with its 10 inches over two days, still made it into this season’s list thanks to just how much was produced during such a short period time frame and because temperatures barely dropped below freezing!
The combination of a powerful storm and record-breaking cold temperatures led to Denver’s second snowiest May on record with 13.7 inches total accumulation through the duration!
Memorial Day came late in 1950. It was on the 29th, and all the snow had melted by then, and it even hit 70 degrees
1978: 13.5 inches
This year’s snowstorm was a doozy. It dropped 12 inches in two days and caused record-high temperatures to plummet all over town! But fear not; there are plenty of ways for you to stay warm during these cold snap brave enough even through 13 1/2″.
The snowstorm that hit Denver this week was not only substantial, but it also happened to be one of the coldest storms in recent history. On May 7th at 8:00 am local time temperatures dipped down below freezing with an low temperature reading of 23 degrees outside!
1912: 13.2 inches
This 1912 May snowstorm not only took place in the middle of this month, it also produced over a foot within two days. The heavy accumulation led to many record setting cold temperatures andAmazingly enough; we had another one just last week!
Denver was walloped by a massive 13.2 inches of snow on those two days back in 1912, but four weeks later it seemed like nothing could stop the city from recovering! With an 86 degree temperature days after this was such extreme weather? That’s some serious meteorological whiplash right there.
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