January Climate Review and February Preview

January of 2014 started out cool and unsettled across most of south central and southeast Colorado.  A warm and dry weather pattern was then experienced across the state through the middle of the month, as a large area of high pressure became parked across the West Coast through the Great Basin and into the Rockies. This strong ridge of high pressure broke down towards the end of the month, owning to a strong and moist pacific jet stream spreading much needed precipitation and snowfall to area at the end of the month, especially areas along the Continental Divide, which saw between 1 and 3 feet of snow over the last 4 days of the month. The following graphics depict departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation experienced across the state over the past month.

 

The average temperature in Colorado Springs over the past month of January was 30.2 degrees, which is 0.3 degrees below normal. Colorado Springs received 0.67 inches of precipitation through the month of January. This is 0.35 inches above normal and makes January of 2014 the 9th wettest January on record, well below the 1.17 inches of precipitation recorded in January of 1987. Colorado Springs also recorded 13.6 inches of snow throughout January. This is 8 inches above normal and makes January of 2014 the 3rd snowiest January on record, though still well behind the 28.7 inches of snow recorded in January of 1987.  

The average temperature in Pueblo over the past month of January was 31.0 degrees, which is 0.5 degrees above normal. Pueblo received 0.45 inches of precipitation and 7.8 inches of snow through the month of January, which is 0.10 inches and 1.3 inches above normal, respectively. 

The average temperature in Alamosa over the past month of January was 11.1 degrees. This is 5.2 degrees below normal and makes January of 2014 the 16th coldest January on record, though well above the average temperature of 1.4 degrees recorded in January of 1992.  Alamosa received 0.07 inches of precipitation and 0.9 inches of snow through the month of January, which is 0.19 inches and 3.1 inches below normal, respectively. 
 

Looking ahead into February, in Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperature of 43 degrees and 18 degrees on February 1st warms to 48 degrees and 22 degrees, respectively, by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 32.1 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 0.34 inches of precipitation along with 4.9 inches of snow in February. 

In Pueblo,  the average high and low temperature of 48 degrees and 15 degrees on February 1st warms to 55 degrees and 21 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 33.9 degrees. Pueblo averages 0.30 inches of precipitation along with 3.8 inches of snow in February.

In Alamosa, the average high and low temperature of 36 degrees and 1 degree on February 1st warms to 44 degrees and 12 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 22.8 degrees.  Alamosa averages 0.26 inches of precipitation and 3.8 inches of snow in February.

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's temperature and precipitation outlook for February, which gives a better chance for below normal temperatures (especially across Eastern Colorado) along with equal chances for above, below and near normal precipitation across the area

 



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