A May snowfall is not unusual at the observatory, said Chris Kimble, a National Weather Service meteorologist. About 12 inches of snow typically falls in May at the observatory, which has an altitude of 6,300 feet.
But this weekend’s storm broke a couple weather records, including the largest snowfall for a single day in May.
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“In 1967, 22.2 inches fell, and this weekend we got 22.9 and counting,” Kimble said.
The record for the largest single-storm snow in May was also broken, he said. From May 21 to 24, 1997, the observatory was hit with 30.6 inches of snow. This weekend, 33.3 inches fell.
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