PIKE PEAK, Colo. — While most of the Front Range was baking in record temperatures on Tuesday, the thermometer reached 57 degrees at 1:15 p.m. at the top of Pikes Peak.
The low temperature on the summit has not dropped to freezing in more than 48 hours.
Under perfectly normal atmospheric conditions, the temperature decreases 5 degrees per 1,000 feet you ascend in the Troposphere.
The summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet is about 9,000 vertical feet higher than Denver (5,280 feet).
If you do the math in reverse, then Denver should be roughly 45 degrees warmer than Pikes Peak, or near 102.
Denver hit a record high of 99 degrees at Denver International Airport.