A Warm and Relatively Dry April

April showers brought some much needed precipitation to south central and southeast Colorado, however precipitation totals still were well below seasonal averages for much of the area. The following graphics indicate departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation over the past month across the area.

 

The above graphics indicate April temperatures were generally above average across the area, with generally below average precipitation areawide, except for areas along the Continental Divide. 

Preliminary data for Alamosa indicates the average temperature for the month of April was 43.3F, which is 2.5 F above average and makes April of 2011 the 18th warmest on record.  Alamosa received 0.13 inches of precipitation in April, which is 0.41 inches below average and makes April of 2011 the10th driest on record. Alamosa reported 1.0 inches of snow in April, and also tallied 0.4 inches on May 1st, which brings the seasonal snowfall total to 10.5 inches. This is over 21 inches below average to date and currently ties the Winter of 2010-2011 with the Winter of 1999-2000, as the 3rd least snowiest Winter on record in Alamosa. 

In Colorado Springs, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in April was 48.3F, which is 3.0F above the monthly average and makes April of 2011 tied with 1965 and 1977 as the 19th warmest on record. Colorado Spring received 0.68 inches of precipitation in April, which is 0.94 inches below average, and makes April of 2011 tied as the the 38th driest on record.  Colorado Springs reported 1.3 inches of snow in April, which brings the seasonal snowfall total to 12.7 inches.  This is over 31 inches below average to date and currently makes the Winter of 2010-2011 the 2nd least snowiest winter on record in Colorado Springs.

Preliminary data for Pueblo indicates the average temperature for April of 2011 was 51.3F, which is 1.3F above average and ranks in the middle of pack in the record books. Pueblo received 0.30 inches of precipitation for the past month, which is 0.95 inches below average and makes April of 2011 tied with 1987 as the 22nd driest on record. Pueblo received 0.2 inches of snow in April which brings the total seasonal snowfall to 25.3 inches which is nearly 11 inches below average to date. 

Below are the top 5 least and most snowiest winters 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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