Location of Denver
Denver is the capital and most populated city in the state of Colorado, U.S.A. It is located in the South Platte River Valley on the western edge of the High Plains to the east of the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. It is one of the most attitudinally elevated cities of the United States of America owing to its one mile elevation above sea level. The city lies within a semi-arid continental climate zone. It experiences four seasons with a small amounts of precipitation spreading throughout the year.
The climate of Denver
Like many cities located on the eastern side of Rocky Mountains, Denver is prone to sudden weather changes. It is mostly sunny, averaging 3,106 hours or 300 days of sunshine a year with July being the hottest month averaging 74.2 ‘F daily. Summers range from mild to hot with occasional afternoon storms accompanied by thunder and high temperatures of up to 90 ‘F. On the other hand, December is the coldest n the year with temperatures going as low as 29.9 ‘F. Winters can be mild cold ranging to occasional stinging cold, including periods of snow and very low temperatures alternating with periods of relatively milder weather. In winter, highs can reach up to 75 0F /24 0C), but can also sometimes be below 0 ‘F (−18 ‘C). Snowfall is common throughout the late fall, winter and early spring, averaging 53.5 inches (136 cm) for 1981–2010. Tornadoes might be rare Denver, with one notable exception of an F3 tornado that struck 4.4 miles in the southern downtown on June 15, 1988. However, the eastern suburbs of Denver, and the city’s east-north eastern area where the Denver International Airport is located, can have a few small tornadoes during the spring and summer months, especially around June in the Denver Convergence Vorticity Zone (DCVZ).
Impacts of weather in Denver
According the ‘The Weather Wire’, 2015 was noted as a wet year across eastern Colorado. January’s mean temperature is forecast at 30.70 F( also one of the coldest months falls in the winter season). This year Denver is experiencing snows with periodic cooling and heating. The impact of this weather change can mostly be felt by producers and consumers of various key products including clothes and snow removal services among others. For example, at the onset of low temperature seasons, there is a change in volume and type of clothes that sale. Producers also have to manufacture according to these weather changes.
For the eighth consecutive year, extreme weather events caused losses exceeding 10 billion US dollars in the United States of America and according to the recent empirical data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. “In 2015, there were five serious storm occurences with losses exceeding $1 billion each across the US,” NOAA National Climatic Data Center Applied Climatologist Adam Smith says. “The fifth extreme weather event of 2015 was the late-December 26th-29th storm system, which produced the strong tornadoes accompanied by extensive flooding and winter storm effects all of which were quite remarkable,” Smith said. “This is clearly a historic event.
Denver’s weather patterns are pretty predictable, and they come with some negative implications as well as a number of positive attributes for the locals.