Christmas Weather Facts for Southern Colorado

With Christmas less than a week away, longer range forecast models are still indicating a possible storm system moving across the Rockies in the December 25th-26th timeframe. Will there be any snowfall across south central and southeast Colorado for Christmas 2014? Time will tell.  You can keep track of the latest weather forecasts across the area at the following link:  

Graphical Weather Forecast for south central and southeast Colorado 

Wishing for a "white Christmas"? There are many varying definitions pertaining to what exactly is a “White Christmas”. Some definitions use only snowfall data, while others use only snow depth data and yet others which use both data sets to define a “White Christmas”. In the following “Christmas Facts” data, compiled from the Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Alamosa climate records, we have defined a “White Christmas” as greater than 0.5 inches of snow falling on December 25th with at least 1 inch of snow on the ground. In any case, the chances are not very good if you are wishing for a “White Christmas” across much of Southeast Colorado.


Christmas in Colorado Springs 

Almanac for Colorado Springs, CO
December 25th

Daily Data Last Year Normal Record Highest Record Lowest

Max Temperature

40

42

67 in 1971

16 in 1987

Min Temperature

12

17

34 in 1929

-15 in 1983

Avg Temperature

26.0

29.4

50.0 in 1955

2.5 in 1983

Precipitation

0.00

0.01

0.19 in 1894

0.00 in 2013

Snowfall

0.0

0.2

2.3 in 1911

0.0 in 2013

Snow Depth

0

-

7 in 1982

0 in 2013

HDD (base 65)

39

36

62 in 1983

15 in 1971

CDD (base 65)

0

0

0 in 2013

0 in 2013

 SNOWFALL
Record Snowfall: 2.3 inches in 1911
Number of times with a trace or more......19
Number of times with an inch or more.....6
Climatological chance of a trace or more...17%
Climatological chance of an inch or more...5%
SNOW ON THE GROUND
Record Snow on Ground: 7.0 inches in 1982.
Number of times with a trace or more.......29
Number of times with an inch or more......19
Climatological chance of a trace or more....45%
Climatological chance of an inch or more...29%

Snowfall records are in inches, from 1894 to the present.
Snow on the ground is at 5 am from 1948 to the present.
Snow depth records missing for 1996.

The last “White Christmas” was in 1987 when there was an inch of snow throughout the day, along with an inch of snow on the ground in the morning. Before that, the next previous “White Christmas” was in 1976 when there was an inch of snow during the day and an inch of snow on the ground in the morning. Christmas Day 1994 brought an unusual surprise to the north end of Colorado Springs, and the area northward to Castle Rock. At 1206 pm, a 4.0 earthquake rocked the region, shaking houses and buildings with no major damage reported.

 Christmas in Pueblo  

Almanac for Pueblo, CO
December 25th
Daily Data Last Year Normal Record Highest Record Lowest
Max Temperature 44 46 72 in 1971 14 in 1983
Min Temperature 11 13 37 in 1892 -10 in 1983
Avg Temperature 27.5 29.4 49.0 in 1889 2.0 in 1983
Precipitation 0.00 0.01 0.42 in 1894 0.00 in 2013
Snowfall 0.0 0.2 5.1 in 1987 0.0 in 2013
Snow Depth 0 - 8 in 2011 0 in 2013
HDD (base 65) 37 36 63 in 1983 16 in 1950
CDD (base 65) 0 0 0 in 2013 0 in 2013

SNOWFALL
Record Snowfall: 5.1 inches in 1987
Number of times with a trace or more......19
Number of times with an inch or more.....7
Climatological chance of a trace or more...15%
Climatological chance of an inch or more...6%
SNOW ON THE GROUND
Record Snow on Ground: 8.0 inches in 2011.
Number of times with a trace or more.......20
Number of times with an inch or more......12
Climatological chance of a trace or more....31%
Climatological chance of an inch or more...19%

The last “White Christmas” occurred in 2000. The snow began falling shortly before midnight Christmas Eve, with only trace amounts reported through the morning hours. The snow began to pick up during the afternoon hours and ended shortly before midnight, with a total snowfall of 1.8 inches. The next previous "White Christmas” occurred in 1987, when there was 1 inch of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning, and a record total of 5.1 inches falling for the day. The last time before that was in 1976. There was 1 inch of snow on the ground that Christmas morning, with an additional 0.6 inches falling that day. Since 1888, there has been only two separate occasions where snow has fallen on consecutive Christmas: in 1911 and 1912, and again in 1941 and 1942.

  Christmas in Alamosa  

Almanac for Alamosa, CO
December 25th
Daily Data Last Year Normal Record Highest Record Lowest
Max Temperature 24 34 60 in 1942 12 in 1991
Min Temperature -12 -2 28 in 1971 -27 in 1974
Avg Temperature 6.0 16.1 39.5 in 1971 -7.0 in 1974
Precipitation 0.00 0.01 0.23 in 1942 0.00 in 2013
Snowfall 0.0 0.2 3.5 in 1942 0.0 in 2013
Snow Depth 2 - 10 in 1991 0 in 2010
HDD (base 65) 59 49 72 in 1974 25 in 1971
CDD (base 65) 0 0 0 in 2013 0 in 2013

 SNOWFALL
Record Snowfall: 3.5 inches in 1942
Number of times with a trace or more.........17
Number of times with an inch or more..........8
Climatological chance of a trace or more.........21%
Climatological chance of an inch or more........10%
SNOW ON THE GROUND
Record Snow on Ground: 10.0 inches in 1991
Number of times with a trace or more............45
Number of times with an inch or more...........36
Climatological chance of a trace or more..........56%
Climatological chance of an inch or more.........45%

Snowfall records are in inches, from 1932 to the present.
Snow on the ground is at 5 am MST
(7 am MST from 1984 - 1991 due to part-time staffing).

The last “White Christmas” was in 2007. There was 6 inches of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning. While no snow fell during the day, it began to fall around sunset with a total of 2 inches falling through the evening. The last time before that was in 1997 when there was six inches of snow on the ground at 5 am that morning, and a total of 1.1 inches falling for the day. The last time before that was in 1987 when there was 3 inches of snow on the ground that Christmas morning, with 2.4 inches falling that day.

 



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