Where’s the snow? Rockies winter starts with a whimper

  • The Denver skyline is seen on Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. The Mile High City has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall set on Nov. 21, 1934, and it's a little more than a week away from breaking an 1887 record of 235 consecutive days without snow. The scenario is playing out across much of the Rocky Mountains, as far north as Montana and in the broader Western United States, which is experiencing a megadrought that studies link to human-caused climate change. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

  • Walter Hill, of Westminster, Colo., enjoys the warm weather and the view of downtown Denver on Friday. The Mile High City has already shattered its 87-year-old record for the latest measurable snowfall set on Nov. 21, 1934, and it’s a little more than a week away from breaking an 1887 record of 235 consecutive days without snow. (AP Photo/Thomas Peipert)

  • Megan Vanderhooft, left, and Sarah Fee, right, lounge in hammocks at Cheesman Park on Wednesday in Denver. The city is close to breaking a record for its longest streak ever without snow. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

  • Drew Darnell rides his skateboard at Cheesman Park Pavilion on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Denver. The city is close to breaking a record for its longest streak ever without snow. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson)

DENVER — Denver’s winter has started with a whimper, and the parched mountains to the west aren’t faring much better.