June Climate Review and July Preview

Late Spring thunderstorms brought some spotty heavy rainfall across portions of the southeast plains in June of 2014, however most of south central and southeast Colorado saw below average precipitation through out the month. Temperatures across the area over the past month of June also followed suite, with at or above normal temperatures experienced across much of the area.  The following graphics depict departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation experienced across the state over the past month. 

 

The average temperature in Pueblo over the past month of June was 72.7 degrees. This is 2.7 degrees above normal and makes June of 2014 tied with June of 1911 as the 25th warmest June on record. However, this is well below the average temperature of 74.3 degrees recorded in June of last year (7th warmest June on record) and the average temperature of 77.0 degrees recorded in June of 2012 (the warmest June on record in Pueblo).  Pueblo received 0.86 inches of precipitation through the month of June which is 0.5 inches below normal. The Pueblo Airport also recorded frozen precipitation (hail) on June 8th and June 22nd. 

The average temperature in Colorado Springs over the past month of June was 66.9 degrees. This is 1.8 degrees above normal and makes June of 2014 tied with June of 1968 as the 27th warmest June on record. However, this is well below the average temperature of  70.0 degrees recorded in June of last year (6th warmest June on record) and the average temperature of 73.3 degrees recorded in June of 2012 (the warmest June on record in Colorado Springs). Colorado Springs received 1.29 inches of precipitation in June, which is 1.21 inches below normal. The Colorado Springs Airport also recorded frozen precipitation (hail) on June 5th, 8th and 30th.

The average temperature in Alamosa over the past month of June was 60.6 degrees. This is 1.0 degrees above normal and makes June of 2014 tied with June of 2000 as the 26th warmest June on record.  However, this is well below the average temperature of  61.9 degrees recorded in June of last year (13th warmest June on record) and the average temperature of 64.5 degrees recorded in June of 2012 (the warmest June on record in Alamosa). Alamosa received only 0.02 inches of precipitation throughout the month of June. This is 0.47 inches below normal and makes June of 2014 tied with June of 2002 as the 4th driest June on record. 

Looking ahead into July, in Pueblo, the average high temperature of 92 degrees on July 1st warms to 94 degrees by July 10th, before slowly cooling back to 92 degrees by the end of the month. The average low temperature of 57 degrees on July 1st warms to 60 degrees by July 24th, before cooling to 59 degrees by the end of the month. The average monthly temperature in July for Pueblo is 75.8 degrees. Pueblo averages 2.06 inches of precipitation in July, which on average, is the second wettest month of the year behind August (2.32 inches).    

In Colorado Springs, the average high temperature of 84 degrees warms to 85 degrees by July 4th, before slowly cooling back to 84 degrees by the end of the month. The average low temperature of 55 degrees on July 1st warms to 58 degrees by July 21st, before cooling to 57 degrees by the end of the month. The average monthly temperature in July for Colorado Springs is 70.9 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 2.84 inches of precipitation in July, which on average, is the second wettest month of the year behind August (3.34 inches).  

In Alamosa, the average high temperature of 82 degrees on July 1st warms to 83 degrees by July 4th, before slowly cooling to 81 degrees by the end of the month. The average low temperature of 45 degrees on July 1st warms to 48 degrees by the middle of the month. The average monthly temperature in July for Alamosa is 64.6 degrees.  Alamosa averages 0.97 inches of precipitation in July, which on average, is the second wettest month of the year behind August (1.27 inches).

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's temperature and precipitation outlook for July, which gives slightly better chances of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation across area, with a fairly active southwest monsoon.  

  



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