A Hot and Dry June Across Most of South Central and Southeast CO

June was a relatively hot and dry month across most of area with the following graphics indicating departures from normal for both precipitation and average temperature over the past month.

 

 

The above graphics indicate most of the area saw above average temperatures with well below average precipitation over the past month. Portions of the southeast plains, did however, receive at or above average precipitation, with some benefical rainfall over a brief two day period as an unseasonably strong weather system moved across southern Colorado.

Preliminary data indicates that Alamosa received only a trace (less than 0.01 inches) of precipitation over the past month, which is 0.59 inches below the monthly average and makes June of 2011 tied with June of 1980 and June of 1946 as the driest June on record.  In fact, Alamosa has received only 0.78 inches of precipitation from January 1st through June 30th. This is 1.97 below average and makes 2011 the driest first six months of year on record in Alamosa, surpassing the 1.01 inches of precipitation received in the first six months of 2002.  As for temperature, preliminary data for Alamosa indicates the average temperature in June was 61.4F, which is 2.0F above the monthly average and makes June of 2011 tied with June of 1977 as the 15th warmest on record.  Looking further, the average high temperature in June was 83.4F with the average low temperature being 39.4F. The 83.4F is the second highest average high temperature on record for the month of June in Alamosa, with the 39.4F coming in tied as the 15th coldest average low temperature on record for the month. This data supports the dryness of the atmosphere, which can heat up very quickly during the day and can also radiate rapidly after sunset.   

In Colorado Springs, preliminary data indicates that 0.26 inches of precipitation fell over the past month. This is 2.08 inches below the monthly average and makes June of 2011 the 4th driest June on record in Colorado Springs, behind June of 1990, 1968 and 1933 where 0.13, 0.15 and 0.22 inches were reported, respectfully. Colorado Springs has received only 2.42 inches of precipitation from January 1st through June 30th. This is 5.62 inches below normal and makes 2011 the 3rd driest first six months of the year on record, behind the 2.00 inches and the 2.24 inches reported in the first six months of 1968 and 2006, respectfully.  As for temperature, preliminary data indicates the average temperature for the month was 70.5F, which is 6.1F above average and makes June of 2011 the 2nd warmest June on record in Colorado Springs, just behind the 70.8F average temperature recorded in 2002. 

In Pueblo, preliminary data indicates that 0.80 inches of precipitation fell in June, which is 0.53 inches below the monthly average. This makes June of 2011 tied as the 47th driest June on record, well behind the trace of precipitation which fell in June of 1990. Pueblo has received only 3.23 inches of precipitation from January 1st through June 30th. This is 2.40 inches below normal, and makes 2011 the 13th driest first six months of the year on record in Pueblo, well behind the 1.35 inches recorded during the first six months of 2002.  As for temperature, preliminary data indicates the average temperature for the month was 73.8F. This is 3.9F above average and makes June of 2011 the 12th warmest June on record in Pueblo.  



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