October Climate Review and November Preview

October of 2014 was a very warm and mainly dry month across the area, save for portions of the southeast mountains and plains, which saw above normal to well above normal precipitation for the month as a whole, thanks to the remnants of Hurricane Simon moving across eastern Colorado on October 9th and 10th. The following graphics indicate preliminary departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation experienced across the state over the past month. 

   

 The average temperature in Colorado Spring for the month of October was 53.5 degrees. This is 4.1 degrees above normal and makes October of 2014 the 8th warmest October on record.  This remains well behind the 58.2 degrees recorded in October of 1963.  Colorado Springs recorded 2.96 inches of precipitation through out October. This is 2.14 inches above normal and makes October of 2014 the 3rd wettest October on record, behind the 5.01 inches and 3.45 inches recorded in October of 1984 and 1923, respectively. Of note...all of this precipitation fell over a two day period (October 9th and 10th), with most falling on October 9th (2.83 inches), which shattered the previous record precipitation for the day (0.59 inches) in 1967. A trace of snow was recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport through out October, which is 2.9 inches below normal.     

The average temperature in Alamosa for the month of October was 46.8 degrees. This is 3.6 degrees above normal and makes October of 2014 the 7th warmest October on record. This, however, remains well behind the 49.5 degrees recorded in October of 1950.  Alamosa recorded 0.70 inches of precipitation through out October, which is 0.02 inches above normal. A trace of snow was recorded at the Alamosa Airport in October, which is 2.1 inches below normal.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the month of October was 55.9 degrees. This is 4.1 degrees above normal and makes October of 2014 the 18th warmest October on record. This remains well behind the 61.0 degrees recorded in October of 1963.  Pueblo recorded 0.91 inches of precipitation through out the month of October, which is 0.19 inches above normal. Of note...most of this precipitation (0.89 inches) fell over a two day period (October 9th and 10th), with most falling on October 9th (0.69 inches), which broke the previous record precipitation for the day (0.60 inches) in 2005.  There was no snow was recorded at the Pueblo Airport in October, which is 1.3 inches below normal.

Looking ahead into November, in Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperatures of 58 degrees and 31 degrees on November 1st, cool to 44 degrees and 20 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 38.1 degrees.  Colorado Springs averages 0.40 inches of precipitation and 4.7 inches of snow in November.

In Alamosa, the average high and low temperatures of 55 degrees and 19 degrees on November 1st, cool to 39 degrees and 5 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 29.5 degrees. Alamosa averages 0.42 inches of precipitation and 3.7 inches of snow in November.  

In Pueblo, the average high and low temperatures of 63 degrees and 28 degrees on November 1st, cool to 49 degrees and 17 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 39.3 degrees. Pueblo averages 0.47 inches of precipitation and 4.4 inches of snow in November. 

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's temperature and precipitation outlook for November, which gives equal chances of above, below and near normal temperatures and precipitation across the area.

   

 

 

 



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