A Mild and Generally Dry March and Winter Season

March of 2011 came in as a lamb, but did not go out as a lion, across much of south central and southeast Colorado.  The following graphics indicate departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation over the past month across the area.

 

 

 

The above graphics indicate March temperatures were generally above normal along with mainly below normal precipitation across most of south central and southeast Colorado. Preliminary data indicates the average temperature in March was 43.1 F in Colorado Springs, which is 5.3 F above the monthly average and makes March of 2011 tied as the eleventh warmest March on record. In Alamosa, the average temperture over the past month was 36.6 F. This is 3.9 F above average for the month and makes March of 2011 the eleventh warmest March on record in Alamosa.  The average temperature in March for Pueblo was 45.0 F.  This is 3.2 F above average and makes March of 2011 the 25th warmest on record in Pueblo. 

As for precipitation, preliminary data indicates 0.02 inches fell in Alamosa over the past month. This is 0.44 inches below normal and makes March of 2011 the second driest on record in Alamosa; just behind the trace of precipitation reported in March of 1955.  Alamosa reported 0.2 inches of snow over the past month. This is 5.7 inches below the monthly average, and makes March of 2011 tied as the second lowest March snowfall on record. In addition, Alamosa has received only 9.1 inches of snow for the entire season thus far, which is 16.4 inches below average to date. If Alamosa were to receive no additional snowfall, the 9.1 inches of snow in the 2010-2011 season would be the lowest seasonal snowfall amount on record; just ahead of the 9.5 inches recorded in the 1949-1950 season.

Preliminary data indicates Colorado Springs received 0.54 inches of precipitation over the past month. This is 0.52 inches below normal and makes March of 2011 the 49th driest March on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs reported 3.1 inches of snow in the month of March. This is 6.3 inches below the monthly average, but well above the trace of snow recorded in March of 1946, 1989 and 2007. However, Colorado Springs has received only 11.4 inches of snow for the season, which is 25.6 inches below average to date. This would make the 2010-2011 seasonal snowfall the second lowest on record, behind the 7.3 inches of snow reported in the 1945-46 season; if no additional snowfall is received in Colorado Springs.       

Pueblo received 0.65 inches of precipitation over the past month. This is 0.32 below the monthly average, though is well above the 0.01 and the 0.04 inches recorded in March of 1893 and 2002,  respectively. Pueblo received 2.7 inches of snow in March, which is 3.7 inches below the monthly average. However, Pueblo has reported 25.1 inches of snowfall for the entire season thus far, which is only 3.3 inches below average to date.

 

Below are the top five lowest and highest seasonal snowfall totals for Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

 

Alamosa Lowest Snowfall                Alamosa Highest Snowfall               

1) 9.5   1949-50                                        1) 97.5  1972-73                

2) 10.1  1980-81            2) 65.8  1964-65

3) 10.5  1999-2000          3) 60.7  1969-70

4) 11.2  1942-43            4) 55.1  1961-62

5) 12.6  1995-96            5) 54.3  1991-92

 

CO Springs Lowest Snowfall     CO Springs Highest Snowfall

1) 7.3   1945-46             1) 89.4  1956-57

2) 15.7  1907-08             2) 83.2  1986-87

3) 15.9  2001-02             3) 76.0  1972-73

4) 16.2  1930-31             4) 75.5  1984-85

5) 17.4  2005-06             5) 72.6  1979-80

 

Pueblo Lowest Snowfall                     Pueblo Highest Snowfall

1) 7.6   1934-35             1) 69.6  1989-90    

2) 9.1   1966-67             2) 65.9  1947-48

3) 9.3   1949-50             3) 64.2  1987-88

4) 9.8   1907-08             4) 59.0  1993-94

5) 10.0  1920-21             5) 55.1  1946-47

 



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