We have officially broken our dry spell of no precipitation in January, which was quickly climbing the ranks of the driest January's since 2003.
Since December 1, there have been 55 days of dry weather. That streak was interrupted when just under three inches of snow fell after Christmas.
December closed as Denver's 14th driest December on record, which is based on data from the Denver-Stapleton weather reporting station, the official reporting station for Denver from 1950 to 1995. Denver's official reporting weather station became Denver International Airport (DIA) in 1995 and is still currently the official weather reporting station for the Mile High City.
In some instances, with DIA being more than 20 miles from the Downtown area, the weather that's reported can sometimes be vastly different. Remember how this past December was Denver's 14th driest at the Denver-Stapleton site? Well, at DIA, it was Denver's third driest month on record. But again, those records go back to 1995.
To go one step deeper, Denver-Stapleton and DIA are not the only places Denver's records have been kept. From 1872 to 1949, Denver recorded its official weather from the Downtown City Office. So, there are some discrepancies in the data depending on where you look. If we look at all of the data collected everywhere since 1872, you'll find that December of 2019 ranked as the 25th driest December on record.
Clearly, you can tell that based on which reporting station you use, you'll get semi-different results.
I talk about all of this information because we have officially broken our dry spell of no precipitation in January! January was quickly climbing the ranks of the driest January's since 2003. As of Monday night, DIA picked up a half of an inch of snowfall that equated to 0.13" of liquid precipitation.
Denver International Airport received 0.5" of snowfall between 5 and 6 pm with 0.13" of precipitation for the day. This is the first measurable snowfall for the month of January. #cowx— NWS Boulder (@NWSBoulder) January 28, 2020
What you may be thinking if you live in Downtown Denver or any of the northern, western, or southern suburbs, or in Boulder or Fort Collins, is that there was actually no snow that accumulated. You are not wrong. The vast majority of Denver residents saw no snow accumulation.
When you look at the data from the Denver-Stapleton weather reporting station, it has recorded only a trace of precipitation, which is the equivalent as enough to coat your car with a few drops of water—or mathematically, less than 0.005" of precipitation. Simply put, barely enough to even register as anything. But again, even though a lot of people saw no snow, January 27, 2020, will officially go down in Denver's weather record books as a day where we received a half-inch of snow.
So, according to the National Weather Service, we have officially broken our dry-less January streak we have been on.
There was some snow that accumulated to the east of Denver. In fact, some areas on the Eastern Plains picked up several inches of snow and just across the border in Kansas, more than a foot of snow fell from this recent storm! In fact, you can see the snow on satellite.
Enough snow to the East of Denver fell to show up on Satellite but Denver is uncovered.— Andy Stein (@AndySteinWx) January 28, 2020
DIA is on the edge of the snow line which is why Denver will officially record a 1/2 inch of snow for the 27th even though Downtown received no measurable snow. #Denver #Snow pic.twitter.com/syd6Yo2Vf5
What may catch your eye in the above image is the fact that Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins—they are all snowless, but you can clearly see the snow that fell to our east and, of course, the snow-covered mountains to our west.
Overall, yes, technically we did break our streak of no snowfall this month, but depending on your location, you did not break that streak.
Even though December and January were largely lackluster in the snowfall department, thanks to a very snowy October and November, we are still running above average as far as season totals are concerned, which is rather surprising if you think about it. Also, it's good to remember that our snowiest months are upon us. March and April are Denver's official snowiest months so we have should have some decent snowstorms ahead. stay tuned.