The Ghost of Weather Past

Kendall Hudson, Productivity Manager

Colorado weather is known for its fluctuating patterns throughout autumn. Each year holds a different tale for how winter holidays could go; they could be warm and sunny reminding us of summer days, yet it could also be snowy and make travels difficult.

The Old Farmer’s Almanac shows that on Thanksgiving day, November 23, 2017, the average temperature was 59.5 degrees Fahrenheit. However, Thanksgiving day, November 20, 1980, was roughly a 20-degree drop resulting in an average temperature of 33.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Relatively a month later comes Christmas, a favorite holiday of many. The most snow ever recorded on Christmas Day in Colorado was a lump sum of 24” in 1982, courtesy of The National Weather Service. The snow began on Christmas Eve, truly making the next day a winter wonderland.

New Years Day, the day in which resolutions begin and, sometimes, quickly end. The Old Farmer’s Almanac proves the year in which Horizon began, 1988, started January 1 off with a harsh average temperature of 4.3 degrees Fahrenheit. The beginning of this year, however, as we were all anticipating the fresh start, the average temperature was 18 degrees Fahrenheit.

As holidays come and go, one thing is for sure: Colorado cannot seem to make up its mind when it comes to mother nature. Each year is a different story, and we will just have to wait until the upcoming celebrations to see how this beautiful state holds up.