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December 2010 Was Warm And Dry

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Stephen Johnson from Centennial sent in this photo taken in Cherry Knolls on Dec. 19, 2010.

Stephen Johnson from Centennial sent in this photo taken in Cherry Knolls on Dec. 19, 2010.

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Written by Meteorologist Jennifer Zeppelin

December 2010 was about to go down as one of the driest on record but a two day snow storm put an end to that quickly. The winter storm on the 30th and 31st didn’t dump a ton of snow but the 3.3 inches of snow did give us a boost of moisture.

Even with the snow it was still a relatively dry month—precipitation for the month was only measured at 0.22 inches, the norm is 0.63 inches. So far the 2010-2011 snow season hasn’t seen much of the white stuff, we’ve only recorded 4.8 inches through December that’s 20.8 inches below the seasonal norm.

Besides being a dry month December was also a warm one too — the month finished with an average temperature of 34.3 degrees which was 4.0 degrees above the normal.

Denver recorded two records:  the 3rd we tied a record high of 69 degrees dating back to 1885. On the 14th a new record high of 70 degrees was reached breaking a 1924 record of 69 degrees.

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