Preliminary numbers indicate that 2006 has become Denver’s 7th driest year on record since 1872. All the way through mid December, 2006 was tied with the driest year ever, 7.48 inches set in 2002. But then as we all know, 2 powerful winter storms pounded Denver and surrounding areas. There was enough liquid equivalent in the record setting snowfall to push 2006 down the driest record list all the way to 7th driest. Being the driest year is not exactly bragging statistics.
Snowfall for the past snow season which would encompass July 2005 to June 2006 also got into the top ten least snowiest. The seasonal total was 30.4 inches which places this past snow season into 8th least snowiest. So far for half of the upcoming season (July 2006 to December 2006), Denver has collected 43.7 inches thanks to the 2 December winter storms. 43.6 inches in the first half of the 2006-07 snow season is a whopping 18.0 inches above the normal for this time frame (normal is 25.6 inches). We will need to see how the second half of the 2006-07 snow season ends (January 2007 through June 2007) before we can start thinking about top 10 snowiest. To get into the top 10 snowiest, the second half of the season would have to at least get to 85.5 inches. That’s an additional 41.9 inches. We are more than half way there. With 2 of our snowiest months still ahead (March and April), anything can happen!