A Warm and Dry Summer Across South Central and Southeast Colorado

The weather across South Central and Southeast Colorado for the "meteorological Summer" months of June, July and August followed the national trend of being warmer than normal.  The average temperature recorded for the summer at Alamosa was 64.4F; which is 2.5F above normal. This makes the Summer of 2010 the warmest on record at Alamosa, surpassing the average temperature of 64.1F, recorded during the Summer of 2007. The average temperature for the Summer of 2010 at Colorado Springs was 71.1F. This is 3.9F above normal and makes the Summer of 2010 the fourth warmest on record at Colorado Springs; slightly behind the record average temperature of 71.7F set during the Summer of 1980. The average summer temperature at Pueblo was 74.5F, which is 1.6F above normal. This makes the Summer of 2010 tied for 23rd warmest on record at Pueblo; which is well behind the highest average summer temperature of 77.8F  set during the summer of 1970. 

 

The above normal average temperatures recorded across South Central and Southeast Colorado for the summer of 2010 can be partly attributed to a lack of precipitation. After a dry month of June, the summer monsoon became more active with precipitation totals for the summer at Alamosa, Pueblo and Colorado Springs of 1.61, 4.94, and 5.48 inches respectively. These amounts,  however, remain well below the average summer precipitation totals by 1.11, 0.7, and 3.19 inches, respectively.

 



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