Denver’s had 62 days without measurable snow, and we could be headed for a record

The record for most days in a row without snow belongs to 2003, but 2017 is closing in fast.

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A sunny, frigid day in Athmar Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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A sunny, frigid day in Athmar Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

The record for most days in a row without snow belongs to 2003, but 2017 is closing in fast.

As of Sunday, Denver has gone 62 days with no measurable snow, and the National Weather Service forecast calls for mild temperatures and clear skies through the rest of the week.

We’ve had periodic cold blasts breaking up the sun and warmth and some dustings of snow along the way. But the last time we had measurable snow was Oct. 10.

The record for the season — defined as the time from first snowfall to last snowfall — is 69 days, from Nov. 26, 2002, to Feb. 2, 2003. We’ll break that record and hit 70 days without snow if we make it to Dec. 19. Not that that’s a record we should want to break.

This comes on the heels of the warmest November on record, as Colorado Public Radio reported. Despite the many warm days, it was higher than normal overnight lows that tipped us over.

The dry conditions mean extreme fire danger on the eastern plains. While the mountains have seen some precipitation, low-snow conditions mean many seasonal workers aren’t actually working, at least not full time. The Aspen Times reported earlier this month that Aspen Skiing Co. has set up a soup kitchen for employees who can’t work yet.