If you look only at the Western Slope, “it was their record warmest year,” says Becky Bolinger, the state’s assistant climatologist.
For people who've lost everything in a flood, escaping with their pets is a big deal, says Jim Boller with the animal rescue organization Code 3 Associates in Longmont.
An evolving climate is already making an impact in Colorado in areas like the wine and ski industries.
2016 was the hottest year on record since scientists began tracking global temperatures in 1880. In Colorado, it was the 5th hottest year on record.
- A special avalanche advisory is in effect until noon Monday for the Front Range Mountains.Read more
- Forecasters say the ongoing storm will linger Sunday as the center moves slowly toward the Colorado-Wyoming border.Read more
- Up to 2 feet of snow was reported between Denver and the Continental Divide on Saturday.Read more
The storm will probably impact people's weekend plans -- the winter storm warning lasts from midnight Friday until 6 a.m. Sunday.