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Photos: Ten snowiest Mays in Denver history and more

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Big photos and more below.

As we noted in our post about two crashes into law-enforcement vehicles in 36 minutes last night, many Denverites seem surprised by May snowstorms, but they shouldn't be -- and here's photo-illustrated proof. Data from the National Weather Service as shared on the NWS site and ThorntonWeather.com shows that we typically get snow in May -- and sometimes a helluva lot of it.

Will the still-accumulating snowfall totals from yesterday and today make the list of snowiest Mays? Too soon to tell. But here's the top ten, supplemented by info about the latest freezes and snowfalls during the past decade. Count them down below.

Number 10: May 1944 -- 8.3 inches

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Number 9: May 1957 -- 8.8 inches

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Number 8: May 1893 -- 8.9 inches

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Number 7: May 1907 -- 9 inches

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Number 6: May 1908 -- 10 inches

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Number 5: May 1917 -- 12 inches

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Number 4: May 1912 -- 13.2 inches

Number 3: May 1975 -- 13.5 inches

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Number 2: May 1950 -- 13.6 inches

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Number 1: May 1998 -- 15.5 inches

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City-data.com

Latest freeze, last ten years:

May 5, 2013

April 16, 2012

May 5, 2011

May 13, 2010

May 5, 2009

May 11, 2008

June 8, 2007

May 10, 2006

May 12, 2005

May 14, 2004

Date of last measurable snowfall, last ten years:

May 2, 2013

April 3, 2012

May 11, 2011

May 12, 2010

April 27, 2009

May 14, 2008

April 14, 2007

May 10, 2006

May 2, 2005

April 30, 2004

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