Rainfall over the past couple of weeks, associated with the “southwest monsoon”, has been welcomed with open arms across portions of the southeastern Colorado plains; which has been under the grips of drought conditions since end of 2007. The recent rains, however, have not been enough to overcome large precipitation deficits since the beginning of the year, with the Colorado Springs Airport reporting only 2.99 inches of precipitation from January 1st through July 23rd 2008, which is 7.05 inches below normal. The 2.99 inches of precipitation through July 23rd ranks as the lowest amount recorded for the first 204 days of the year since records started at the airport in 1948, ahead of the 4.03 inches recorded for the same period in 1963 and the 4.23 inches reported in 2002.
Below is a selected list of recorded precipitation for the first 204 days of the year from other first order and cooperative observation sites across southeast Colorado.
Location Precipitation recorded Lowest amount recorded Rank and period
for the first 204 days for the first 204 days of record
Pueblo Airport 4.32 Inches 2.01 Inches in 1963 9th Driest 1948