Colorado basks in unseasonably warm weather; Denver sets record
December 25, 2005
DENVER – Colorado wasn’t a place for Frosty the Snowman Sunday, as unseasonable warm weather settled over the state and set a new record high here.The temperature in Denver was recorded at 69 degrees on Christmas Day, above the previous record of 66 last reached in 1971, National Weather Service Meteorologist Jim Kalina said.Monique Thomas, the general manager at a Denver Denny’s restaurant, said she hadn’t heard any customers complaining about the lack of snow.”They enjoyed it,” Thomas said. “There were a lot of them in Broncos shirts … and no jackets or anything.”The rest of the state also enjoyed a dry and mild holiday, with temperatures reaching 71 in the Denver suburb of Wheat Ridge; 70 in Springfield in southeast Colorado; and 67 in Pueblo and Lamar.Even Grand Junction, which had a high of 49 degrees, was still 12 degrees above normal, Kalina said.”It was warm statewide,” he said.But it won’t last. Kalina said he expected temperatures to drop back to normal by Tuesday.