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Photos: Denver's ten biggest March-April snowstorms

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Today's snowfall has certainly been a pain from a commuting standpoint. But it's nothing special in the history of Denver weather (so far), especially considering how often the city is clobbered by spring storms. According to data shared by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ten of the twenty largest-ever Denver snowfall totals took place in March and April. Look below to count down the top ten, complete with vintage photos and excerpts from news accounts dating back as far as the 1800s.

Number 10: April 20-22, 1933 -- 16.8 inches

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From the Record Journal of Douglas County: "Prospects of bumper crops in northeastern Colorado have brightened as a result of a snow fall of from two feet to eighteen inches over that entire section recently."

Number 9: March 20-21, 1952 -- 16.9 inches

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From The Examiner: "In 1952...a major snow storm produced north wind gusts to 35 mph and dumped 16.9 inches of snowfall on Stapleton Airport. The maximum snow depth on the ground was 13 inches due to melting."

Continue counting down Denver's ten biggest April-March snowstorms.



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15 comments
dpearson113
dpearson113

Juan leg your an idiot and have no idea what your talking about. Uncle nasty is the man

Mozart99
Mozart99

Once again, KS and other stpres have filled up their shelves with charcoal and have no Duraflame logs. Home Depot has some and, of all places, Whole Foods.

Chelly Serna
Chelly Serna

2003 sucked because we were already on spring break. No where to go during our spring break because everything's closed and everyone's snowed in, then all the other schools that had spring break the next week got two weeks off. My classmates and I were pretty pissed to say the least.

Pamela Rae Patterson
Pamela Rae Patterson

March 17, 2003. Discovered water in my basement/crawl space which led to the discovery of a swamp in my front yard. My main had perforated. And because City of Edgewater plowed four feet of ice onto my driveway, I couldn't go get a pump. Baled water for 24 hours straight. And long story short, APPLEWOOD PLUMBING wanted $16,000 to repair!!! (Got it done for $3500!)

Alison Paschall
Alison Paschall

2003 was awesome. We got an entire week off from school I'm pretty sure!

Mozart99
Mozart99

I think total for march 2003 must have been taken at DIA. It was a lot more in my neighborhood in southeast Denver. I'll never forget having to come out of my house to push a National Guard truck that was stuck!

Izzy Dominguez
Izzy Dominguez

I remember I barely missed out on the '03 blizzard.. took off to Japan to my duty station. I heard about it when I back from deployment

Sharlene Blank Bruns
Sharlene Blank Bruns

I enjoyed looking at these pics. Really, it is a blessing to get the snow for drought purposes later on.

Steve Holmberg
Steve Holmberg

'97 was epic! Skied some lines on mountains around Winter Park that may never fill in again....East face of Engelmann, etc.

Justin Jones
Justin Jones

I guess the science of weather really attracts the dumbest scientists. Instead of schools dropping the arts maybe we should look at scaling back some of the sciences. Especially weather.

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