December of 2010 was much warmer than normal across much of south central and southeast Colorado. Preliminary data for Alamosa indicates the average temperature in December was 28.1F. This is a whopping 11 degrees above the monthly average, and makes December of 2010 tied with December of 1980 as the warmest December on record in Alamosa. Preliminary data for Colorado Springs indicates the average temperature for the month of December was 34.5F, which is 5.5 degrees above the monthly average. This makes December of 2010 tied with December of 1977 as the 19th warmest December on record, though well below the warmest December of 1933 when the average temperature was 41F. The average temperature recorded in Pueblo in December of 2010 was 33.2F. This is 2.9 degrees above the monthly average, though remains well behind the warmest December on record of 1889, when the average temperature was 42.2F.
Preliminary precipitation data for the month of December indicates 0.07 inches fell at the Colorado Springs Airport. This is 0.35 inches below normal and makes December of 2010 the 19th driest on record. December was not the only dry month in Colorado Springs, as the total amount of precipitation recorded for the entire year of 2010 was 9.37 inches. This is just over 8 inches below normal and makes 2010 the 9th driest on record in Colorado Springs, well above the 6.07 inches recorded in 1939. Pueblo and Alamosa faired better with 0.44 inches and 0.38 inches of precipitation recorded, respectively, in December of 2010. These amounts are just above the monthly averages for both locations and brings the 2010 yearly totals for Pueblo and Alamosa to 11.60 inches and 5.99 inches, respectively. The 5.99 inches of precipitation recorded in Alamosa is 1.26 inches below normal and makes 2010 the 23rd driest year on record, well above the 3.40 inches recorded in 1956. The 11.60 inches of precipitation recorded in Pueblo in 2010 is 0.79 inches below normal, and remains well above the 3.94 inches recorded in 2002.