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Inside the numbers of Colorado's crazy, record-breaking change in weather this week

Posted at 3:02 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 17:46:41-04

DENVER — Even by Colorado standards, this week featured a crazy shift in the weather. And that's no hyperbole.

While weekend highs hit record temperatures above 100 degrees, Tuesday morning brought freezing temperatures and snow across the state. As much as 14 inches of snow fell in some areas of the high country, including on the Cameron Peak Fire, where the precipitation and cold weather was badly needed.

The National Weather Service in Boulder on Wednesday posted a deep dive into the numbers and records set over the last few days, showing how historical of a change in the weather we saw.

Here's the list, via the NWS:

• Denver set record highs Saturday and Sunday, reaching 101 degrees both days, and that also marked the latest 100-degree day on record.

• Denver hit 93 degrees on Monday, the warmest temperature on record for a day before a measureable snow. The previous high was 92 degrees on Sept. 12, 1993.

• The snowfall Tuesday marked the shortest number of days between a 100-degree day and the first measureable snowfall in Denver. The previous record was 38 days last year.

• Denver also saw the shortest gap in days between a record high temperature and a record low temperature.

• Tuesday tied Denver's earliest freeze on record, matching the previous record set in 1962.

• Denver's lows of 31 degrees on Monday and Tuesday tied the previous lows from each of those days, from Sept. 8 and Sept. 9 in 1962.

• The temperature drop from Sunday to Tuesday was the largest two-day drop for Denver, dipping 62 degrees. The previous record was a 59-degree drop in September 1993.

• The snow Tuesday was Denver's second-earliest snowfall on record. The top spot belongs to Sept. 3, 1961.

• The snow also snapped Denver's streak of 19 consecutive snowless Septembers.

MORE | Here are the snow totals for Tuesday's snowstorm in Colorado

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