Believe it or not, 18 Aprils on record have been wetter than last month in Boulder. The granddaddy of them all was 9.18 inches of moisture that fell in April 1900.
But no April has had as much snow.
The previous snowfall record of 44 inches in 1957 was eclipsed by this April's 47.6 inches. The records don't stop there. No March and April combination was snowier than this year's 70.8 inches, and no February through April was snowier than this year's 88.9 inches.
Following April's 4 feet of snow, even May made a wintry entrance: Another foot of snow fell on Boulder on Wednesday, setting a new May 1 record.
At the end of March, the statewide snowpack stood at 78 percent of normal, and the South Platte at 71 percent. At the end of April, the two figures stood at 92 and 94 percent, respectively.
The agricultural sector of the state's economy went from despair to elation. The prediction of a massive fire season throughout the summer and autumn evaporated. And watering restrictions became superfluous.
Now we have to worry about avalanches, as well as spring flooding from a rapid runoff. Six experienced snowboarders were trapped in an avalanche on Loveland Pass on April 20. All the victims had avalanche beacons, but there was only one survivor.
Other April 2013 records include a low of 2 degrees on the 10th (previously 5 degrees, in 1959); a low of 10 degrees on the 18th (previously 13 degrees, in 1953); 13.1 inches of snow on the 9th (previously 11.8 inches, in 1989); and 10.4 inches of snow on the 15th (previously 6.9 inches, in 1999).
From September through May, Boulder averages 90.1 inches of snow. This season delivered 113 inches by the end of April, plus another 12.1 inches on the first day of May.
The trees and shrubs tried to flower and leaf out, but they were beaten back by the record lows in April. Now they have to go through it again in May. Squirrels and birds are having trouble finding food for their newborns.