Where’s the snow? Rockies start winter with a whimper

Denver had never gone beyond Nov. 21 without a measurable snowfall — until this year. Now, Mile High City is about to shatter a 134-year record of going nearly eight months without snow.


National News

December 3, 2021 - 2:15 PM

Colorado is facing a record period without snow. Photo by PIXABAY.COM

DENVER (AP) — Denver’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better.

The Mile High City has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall set on Nov. 21, 1934, and it’s a little more than a week away from breaking an 1887 record of 235 consecutive days without snow.

The scenario is playing out across much of the Rocky Mountains, as far north as Montana and in the broader Western United States, which is experiencing a megadrought that studies link to human-caused climate change. It’s only the second time since 1976 that Salt Lake City has gone snowless through November, and amid the unseasonably warm weather in Montana, a late-season wildfire fueled by strong winds ripped through a tiny central Montana farming town this week. 

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