By BRENDAN HEBERTON Dec 29, 2015
As 2015 comes to a close this week, we do as we do each year and spend some time taking a look back at what has been another incredible year of weather across Colorado and the United States.
Nationally, there were many amazing weather stories over the last year: the persistent drought in the west, the tremendous drought reversal in Texas, flooding rains in Oklahoma, another below-average severe weather and quiet-ish Atlantic hurricane season, the South Carolina floods, record-setting snowfall in Boston, and of course many more.
For Colorado, 2015 also marked a year of good-ridence for the persistent drought we've seen over recent years. As we end 2015, Colorado remains drought-free, with just 11.85% of the state experiencing abnormally dry conditions, down from 30% of the state experiencing moderate drought at this time last year. This is the first time in 15 years that Colorado will end a year with 0% of the state experiencing moderate drought or worse.
We begin some 11 months ago in Boston, MA, the city that stole winter in 2015. The 2014-15 snowfall season was the snowiest on record for the city recording 110.6" of snow, nearly all of that coming between January 4th and March 3rd, 2015. This broke the old record set in 1995-96 when 107.6" fell on the city, and the 3rd place record of 96.3" in 1993-94. While the western U.S. cooked, Boston was it's own little winter weather anomaly, with temperatures remaining below 40 degrees for a month and half straight according to Boston meteorologist Eric Fisher.