Fall of 2014 Climate Review and Upcoming Winter Outlook

Fall of 2014 started out warm and dry across most of south central and southeast Colorado, save for areas along the Continental Divide and the far southeast plains, which saw at to well above September precipitation averages. The month of October was very warm and mainly dry again across most of south central and southeast Colorado, except for portions of the southeast mountains and plains, which saw well above normal precipitation in October, thanks in part to the remnants of Hurricane Simon moving across eastern Colorado October 9th and 10th. November of 2014 was a month of temperature extremes, especially across eastern Colorado with well above normal temperatures experienced across the area through the first third of the month. An unseasonably strong arctic air mass invaded eastern Colorado through the second third of November, bringing below to well below average temperatures to the area before well above seasonal temperatures returned for the last week in November.

The images below indicate the departures from normal temperature and precipitation across the state for the Fall of 2014 (September, October and November).

The average 2014 Fall temperature in Alamosa was 45.8 degrees.  This is 3.3 degrees above normal and makes the Fall of 2014 the 4th warmest on record in Alamosa, though is still well behind the highest average temperature of 47.0 degrees recorded through out the Fall of 1933.  Alamosa received 1.45 inches of precipitation through out the Fall, which is 0.56 inches below the seasonal average.  Alamosa recorded 1.6 inches of snow through out the Fall of 2014, which is 4.2 inches below normal.  (click for more detailed Fall of 2014 climate information in Alamosa)

The average 2014 Fall temperature in Colorado Springs was 51.2 degrees, which is 1.7 degrees above normal.  Colorado Springs received 3.83 inches of precipitation through out the Fall of 2014. This is 1.42 inches above the seasonal average and makes the Fall of 2014 the 15th wettest in Colorado Springs. This is still well behind the wettest Fall on record, which is 7.50 inches recorded through out the Fall of 1909. Colorado Springs recorded 7.1 inches of snow through out the Fall of 2014, which is 0.7 inches below normal.    (click for more detailed Fall of 2014 climate information in Colorado Springs)

The average 2014 Fall temperature in Pueblo was 53.3 degrees, which is 1.4 degrees above normal.  Pueblo received 1.99 inches of precipitation through out the Fall of 2014, which is 0.03 inches above the seasonal average. Pueblo recorded 9.9 inches of snow through out the Fall of 2014, which is 3.9 inches above normal.   (click for more detailed Fall of 2014 climate information in Pueblo)

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's three month temperature and precipitation outlook for the Winter of 2014-15 (December, January and February), which gives equal chances of above, below and near normal temperatures and precipitation chances to the area, save a slight nod to below normal temperatures to the far southeast plains and a slight tilt to bove normal precipitation to southern portions of the state. 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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