Question: For each month, at what max/min daily temperature is Steamboat Springs more likely to get snow?

(source NCDC – NOAA – daily temperature data)

Ever wonder about the ‘optimal’ temperature for snow? Ever hear — It’s too cold to snow?  Obviously, when the temperature is above freezing, it is too warm to snow.  By graphing the daily weather data for Steamboat Springs over the past century, we can get a feel for the ‘just right’ temperature.  Does it vary from December to April?  Let’s compare the data and make some observations.

 

November (11) and December (12)

 


November (dark blue) and December (light blue) minimum and maximum temperature (°F) as compared to Snow fall (inches).  In general, if a front/storm passes through, the optimal minimum and maximum temperature is between (0 and 30 °F) and (20 and 35°F), respectively.

Notice that December minimum and maximum temperatures are a bit lower than November minimum and maximum temperatures.

 

January (1) and February (2)

January (dark green)February (light green)  minimum and maximum temperature (°F) as compared to Snow fall (inches).  In general, if a front/storm passes through, the optimal minimum and maximum temperature is between(0 and 30 °F) and (20 and 35°F), respectively.

 

March (3) and April (4)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

March (orange) and April (yellow)  minimum and maximum temperature (°F) as compared to Snow fall (inches).  In general, if a front/storm passes through, the optimal minimum and maximum temperature is between(10 and 32 °F) and (30 and 50°F), respectively.

The March and April temperatures for optimal snowfall are warmer than the November to December temperatures. Note the April minimum daily temperatures are noticeably warmer than March minimum daily temperatures.

 

 

 

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