Photos: Ten snowiest Mays in Denver history and more

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Big photos and more below.
As we noted in our post about two crashes into law-enforcement vehicles in 36 minutes last night, many Denverites seem surprised by May snowstorms, but they shouldn't be -- and here's photo-illustrated proof. Data from the National Weather Service as shared on the NWS site and ThorntonWeather.com shows that we typically get snow in May -- and sometimes a helluva lot of it.

Will the still-accumulating snowfall totals from yesterday and today make the list of snowiest Mays? Too soon to tell. But here's the top ten, supplemented by info about the latest freezes and snowfalls during the past decade. Count them down below.

Number 10: May 1944 -- 8.3 inches

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Courtesy of Active Rain

Number 9: May 1957 -- 8.8 inches

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Courtesy of CSU Libraries

Number 8: May 1893 -- 8.9 inches

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Courtesy of Active Rain
Continue to keep counting down the ten snowiest Mays in Denver history and more.

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Timmy Garofalo
Timmy Garofalo

I was there in 98. I remember walking from ucd to cap hill in a bunch of powder

Shannon Moore
Shannon Moore

I think #4 is the wrong year, the photo is color and the cars look to be from the 1970's or 1980's era. I don't think photos were color in 1912.

Greg Latanick
Greg Latanick

Late May, 13-14 years ago or so, it was when the Westword music festival was downtown. We woke up in the morning and went to the festival in 80 degrees, sandals, and shorts. By 12pm it had dropped to 40, by 1pm it was dumping.

Ricky Vigil
Ricky Vigil

Someone really dropped the ball on proof reading the dates....

Patrick Abcede
Patrick Abcede

I'm not bitchin, because I'm working from home lol. Gotta love it when you can remote in.

Anji Wetherill
Anji Wetherill

Number one on the count down I believe the date is 1998 not 1898.

Michael Madura
Michael Madura

We have 24" in coal creek and last year we had 5" June 30th. No big deal - like the pics tho.

andythomas313
andythomas313

I just don't believe that picture is from 1898. The winnebago really seals it. 


Jody Deschenes
Jody Deschenes

right this minute! we've had over 2' in the last 24 hours up here!!

stanley1
stanley1

Oh no! Global Warming.....err....Climate Change!  

Ryan Tuteur
Ryan Tuteur

I didn't know they had cars back in 1898!

Jj Stevens
Jj Stevens

A couple of years we had a foot or so in Idaho Springs, graduation week; remember calling my sister on her birthday in early June- snowing, our St. Louis Cardinals losing, it was 90ish / high humidity in StL- she hung up on me!

Genesis Britigan
Genesis Britigan

Lol, I think a few of the dates do not match the pictures!

David Novin
David Novin

Some of those photos don't match the year

Latifah Abdul'laah
Latifah Abdul'laah

True Denverites aren't surprised by snow in May. We've had snow in June. There's always a spring snowstorm before the weather truly gets better.

Bret Egan
Bret Egan

What we need to do is pass a bunch of laws that make goods and services more expensive for poor people, while flying around the globe telling everyone that they are the reason for all of this climate change and their salvation lies with bigger and more intrusive government! That will end all of this madness!

Sue Ryan
Sue Ryan

My son was born on Mother's Day and we had a slushy foot that day.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

I was there and it was crazy, Greg. Thanks for sharing the memory.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

This is definitely the day for it. Thanks for posting, Patrick.

stanley1
stanley1

No!!! Bbb.bbbbbut Global Warming! I mean, Climate Change!

stanley1
stanley1

Shhh......to idiotic leftists, weather is supposed to remain static forever. Any variance of their definition of "normal" is evidence of evil man-made "global warming" and must be met with a response of fat ass billionaires traveling via private jet all over the world, scolding our "carbon footprints". Don't question, get back in line!

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Funny post, Jj. Thanks.

stanley1
stanley1

People like you have normalized stupidity.

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

Good way to remember a big day. Thanks for posting, Sue.

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