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Found at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, the city of Denver is well known for its wide range of outdoor activities and for its picturesque view. Before it became the city we know and love today, Denver was a rough-and-rowdy mining town that had an ever-changing climate due to its inland locations on the High Plains. Denver, having four clear season..s and obtaining a fair amount of precipitation throughout the year, is located within the semi-arid, continental climate zone.
Denver- A Well-known City
Many assume that Denver, a well-known city situated in the state of Colorado, constantly experience extremely cold conditions because of Colorado’s mountains getting layers and layers of snow every winter. However, this is not the case. Since Denver is not in the mountains and is found at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, winter does not linger as long in the city. Instead, Denver is a place where the sun is mostly present; people situated in the city are treated with even more sunshine each year compared to the generally known sunny cities of San Diego and Miami.
Being the warmest month, July has a daily average temperature of about 74.2 degrees and summers range from mild to hot with occasional high temperatures, reaching 90 degrees, and afternoon thunderstorms. Despite being one of the sunniest cities in the United States, the normal temperatures in Denver does not reach more than 90 degrees! In fact, only 33 days out of the 365 days a year in Denver experience 90-degree temperatures. Moreover, if you live in this city, you’ll only witness the mercury thermometer reach the 100-degree mark five times a year.
Denver is indeed one of the best cities to live in considering its moderate temperatures combined with its extremely low levels of humidity— this is a climate you would want to live in for the rest of your life! In summation, The Mile High City of Colorado receives a mild, semi-arid, and sun-drenched climate that makes the city comfortable and pleasing to live in.
However, the weather in Denver can also be extreme— the ever-changing weather climate in this city can change in a matter of hours, according to its residents. This harsh and extreme weather can be hard for tires, trees, mechanical parts, house paint, and plants to handle. December, being the coldest month in Denver, experience a daily average temperature of about 29.9 degrees. The months of winter consists of snow and extremely low temperatures that alter between periods of milder weather because of the warming effects of the Chinook winds. In winter, daytime highs can reach 60 degrees and during the coldest nights, nighttime lows can fall right down to -10 degrees.
According to NOAA’s National Climatic Data Center 30-year averages, the months of December, January, and February, Denver is ranked 18th coldest major U.S city as of 2014. Some residents call the week or two of below zero temperatures in January, “Stock show Weather.” Winter, being extremely cold, comes inevitably with snow and in Denver, snowfall is common throughout the late fall and during winter. Its snow measurements are about 53.5 inches on average. When it comes to snow and rainfall, snow starts at the end of September all the way through July in Denver.
Historically speaking, the biggest snow occurs during March, April, and May every year. As for rain, there Denver does not experience much of it. If it does rain, torrents of rain and flash flooding come. However, the climate in Denver is dry. Strangely, there are areas in and around Denver that are placed on the “coldest” as well as “hottest” in the nation list every year. During winter, it can get exceptionally dark and the sun comes down at around 4:30 pm. Simultaneously, it is also slow for the sun to return for the mountains block the sunlight. However, darkness does not last long in Denver and the city becomes lit again during the early days of March.
Fortunately, Denver and the city’s east-northeastern extension only experience few, weak, landspout tornadoes each summer and spring. Therefore, its residents have nothing to worry about. With the enhancement of the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone or also known as the DCVZ, the month of June in Denver is likely to experience most of the light tornadoes. For extra information, the DCVZ is a varying vortex of storm-forming airflow that is habitually found north and east of downtown Denver; extreme and heavy weather from this can disturb airport operations.
When it comes to hail and hail storms, Denver is ranked 10th most prone to hail storms in the continental United States. This fact can be backed up by the three of the top 10 costliest hail storms in the United States history, occurring on the days of July 11th, 1990, July 20th, 2009, as well as May 8th of 2017.
To conclude, if you are planning a visit to Denver or planning on permanently residing in the city, it is important to know its climate in order for you to be prepared. Although it can be extremely rewarding due to its constant sunlight and zero humidity, the city still experiences other conditions and you must be well-prepared.
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