Across the Four Corners Region of the United States you find many different climates. These range from Arid, semi-arid and highland with many micro climates as well. The states of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico cover a lot of real estate and daily weather can be highly variable from one location to the next.
Take for instance Denver, Colorado. Earlier today, May 3rd, parts of Denver and other locations along the Front Range of Colorado witnessed rain, sleet and even snow. Low temperatures in the area dropped to the mid and upper 30’s and most of the snow melted as it hit the pavement with some accumulations on vegetated spots. While the snow was coming down in Colorado, Phoenix Arizona was on its way to triple digit temperatures for the first time this year.
Both of these events are not all that uncommon for early May in both locations. The Mile High City of Denver averages about 1.7” of snowfall during the month of May. Historically Denver, Colorado has seen from 0.0 inches of snow in May to up to 15.5” which fell in May of 1898.
Back on June 12, 1947 a trace of snow fell over downtown Denver during the early morning. This was the latest last snow of the season (trace or more). This also marked the end of the longest snow season, 264 days, from the first snow, a trace, on September 22, 1946. High temperature of 43 degrees was a record low maximum for the date. Minimum temperature of 33 degrees was a record low for the date.
Triple digit temperatures in Phoenix, Arizona are fairly common and today’s entry into the “century club” is only about 10 days earlier than average first 100° day. The earliest 100° day for Phoenix was back on March 26, 1988. The latest first 100° day in Phoenix was June 18, 1913.
For Weather Nation: Meteorologist Mike Morrison