DENVER (AP) — Denver’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better.
The Mile High City has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall.
It’s also a little more than a week away from breaking an 1887 record of 235 days straight without snow.
As enjoyable as the weather is, climate scientists warn that prolonged drought could threaten the region’s water supply.
The scenario is playing out across the Rockies and the broader Western United States, which is experiencing a megadrought that studies link to human-caused climate change.
Mt. Bachelor in Bend has had to delay its opening day twice this year due to a lack of snowfall.
There’s no measurable snow at the ski area right now, but officials remain optimistic.
Spokeswoman Leigh Capozzi said the latest opening in the last 15 years was Dec. 14th during the 2008/2009 season.
“That same year we received 538 inches of snow,” she said. “And once the snow started, it never stopped. We broke all kinds of monthly records and guests skiing lots of powder.”
California’s Mt. Shasta has no measurable snow as well and the webcams for Lake Tahoe’s ski areas show more dirt than snow, delaying their winter season as the holidays approach.
Meanwhile, the National Weather Service on Friday issued a blizzard warning for…Hawaii.
Up to 12 inches of snow and wind gusts of up to 100 mph are expected on the Big Island’s tallest peaks through Sunday.