With the end of meterorological summer at hand, a look back at precipitation totals from June through August indicates a wide variety across south central and southeast Colorado.
The above graphics from the High Plains Climate Center indicate that in spite of a fairly wet July across southeastern Colorado, many areas across the southeast plains saw at or below normal precipitation through the summer with most of south central Colorado seeing below normal precipitation.
One notable area which saw above normal precipitation was along and just east of the I-25 corridor, from the El Paso County line to the southern Sangre De Cristo Mountains and Raton Mesa region. Data collected from the Pueblo Aiport (the official observation site for the city of Pueblo) indicated 9.30 inches of rain had fallen for the 3 month period of June through August. This is 3.66 inches above normal and makes the summer of 2009 the fifth wettest on record for the Pueblo area. The 9.30 inches recorded for the summer of 2009 does however fall well short of the wettest summer on record, 1921, where 14.64 inches of precipitation was recorded.
Data recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport indicates that 8.55 inches of precipitation fell through the summer of 2009, which is slightly below the normal of 8.67 inches for the 3 month period. The 8.55 inches makes the summer of 2009 the 38th wettest summer on record for the Colorado Springs area, well below the two wettest summers of 1965 and 2004, where 16.85 and 14.98 inches were respectfully recorded.
Data recorded at the Alamosa airport indicates that 1.75 inches of precipitation fell through the summer of 2009. This is nearly an inch below the normal of 2.72 inches, and makes 2009 the 14th driest summer on record for the Alamosa area. This data also reflects the fairly dry conditions across most of south central Colorado for the summer of 2009.