We’ve had an amazingly warm February and March to open the season for Denver and next week we start cooling down. We now know that we have had one of the driest, warmest and least-snowy autumns on record.
How about our spring? We had three straight days of 100 degree heat but then there was a 70 degree cool down in early April, which turned out to be the end of our March and off to another warm week. That was the third-warmest March on record behind the 1980 and 1990s. Still, most of our wet weather comes in summer.
This season, we are experiencing less moisture in the air and it shows on our fall colors, at least early.
After soaking up the rain, the NWS office in Denver noted that there have been no measurable snow amounts in the previous 24 hours. A bit of a warmup is expected for the weekend but the trick will be staying dry. As we move into the week ahead, the mercury will drop again, but the sunshine should continue, even if we can’t expect summer-like highs in the 70s or 80s. This Monday has just a 30 percent chance of rain.
For the rivers, there are some problems developing in portions of the Centennial area and lower eastern plains. But for now, most rivers in Colorado are still within “full capacity,” says Jeff Rose, a senior hydrologist at the National Weather Service.
— Ali Rothfield contributed to this report.