Summer 2014 Climate Review and Fall Preview

The summer of 2014 started out very warm and dry across most of south central and southeast Colorado, save some spotty heavy precipitation across the southeast plains thanks to early season thunderstorms. The North American monsoon (southwest or summer monsoon) kicked in relatively early in July, and was very active through out the month leading to abundant and much needed precipitation across the area, especially across the drought ravaged southeastern plains.  The summer monsoon remained fairly active through out the month of August, though not nearly as active as July, which led to generally at or below average precipitation across most of the area in August.

The images below indicate the departures from normal temperature and precipitation across the state for the Summer of 2014 (June, July and August). Of note is the pocket of 2 to 4 inches (locally up to 6 inches) above normal precipitation across portions of the southeastern plains. This abundant precipitation did help alleviate some of the extreme to exceptional drought conditions across the plains, however, much more precipitation will be needed to end the drought that has had its grip on southeastern Colorado over the past several years.

   

The average summer temperature in Colorado Springs was 68.5 degrees, which is 0.2 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs recorded only 16 days of temperatures at or above 90 degrees through out the summer, compared to the 27 days at or above 90 degrees last summer (2013) and the 45 days recorded through out the Summer of 2012. Colorado Springs received 8.68 inches of precipitation through out the summer (over half of that fell in July (4.63 inches)), which is 0.42 inches below the seasonal average.  

The average summer temperature in Pueblo was 73.7 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded only 5 days of temperatures at or above 100 degrees through out the summer, compared to the 9 days at or above 100 degrees last summer (2013) and the 28 days recorded through out the Summer of 2012. Pueblo received 5.40 inches of precipitation through out the summer (over half of that fell in July (3.28 inches)), which is 0.34 inches below the seasonal average.  

The average summer temperature in Alamosa was 62.7 degrees, which is 0.4 degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded only 2 days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees through out the summer, compared to the 4 days at or above 90 degrees last summer (2013) and the 11 days recorded through out the Summer of 2012. Alamosa received 2.70 inches of precipitation through out the summer (over half of that fell in July (1.52 inches)), which is 0.63 inches below the seasonal average. June of 2014 became the 4th driest June on record in Alamosa, as only 0.02 inches of precipitation was recorded.   

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's three month temperature and precipitation outlook for the upcoming Fall (September, October and November), which gives slightly better chances of above normal precipitation and cooler than normal temperatures across area.

   

With this in mind, the latest seasonal drought outlook indicates the potential for continued improvement in the drought across the area. 

 

 

 



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