Temperatures across south central and southeast Colorado remained well above average over the past month of July, with parts of the area receiving at or above average precipitation as the "southwest monsoon" became active across the region. The graphics below indicate departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation across the area for the month of July.
Preliminary data indicates that the average monthly temperature in Alamosa for July was 68.4 F. This is 4.3F above average and makes July of 2011 the hottest July on record in Alamosa, surpassing the old record of 68.2F set in July of 2003. As for precipitation, Alamosa tallied only 0.14 inches over the past month, as storms for the most part steered clear of the central portions of the San Luis Valley. The 0.14 inches of precipitation is 0.80 inches below the monthly average and makes July of 2011 the 3rd driest July on record, behind the 0.02 and the 0.03 inches received in July of 1994 and 1987, respectively.
In Colorado Springs, preliminary data for July indicates the average monthly temperature was 75.1F. This is 5.5F above the monthly average and makes July of 2011 the 5th hottest July on record in Colorado Springs, slightly behind the average monthly temperature of 75.8F recorded in July of 2003. As for precipitation, Colorado Springs totaled 4.90 inches of precipitation in July, with the monsoonal storm track favoring portions of the Front Range and immediate adjacent plains. The 4.90 inches is 2.05 inches above the monthly average and makes July of 2011 the 12th wettest July on record, well behind the 6.59 inches received in July of 1930. Of note, just over 2 inches of precipitation fell in a one hour timespan on July 13th, with July of 2011 being the first time Colorado Springs has seen above average precipitation since December of 2009.
In Pueblo, preliminary data for July indicates the average monthly temperature was 79.2F, which is 3.8F above average. This makes July of 2011 the 9th hottest on record in Pueblo, though well behind the average temperature of 81.2F recorded in July of 2003. Pueblo also received some beneficial precipitation, talling 2.35 inches in July. This is 0.31 inches above average and makes July of 2011 the 37th wettest on record, well behind the 6.72 inches received in July of 1895.
If you thought the past two months have been hot, you were right! A look at the data from the past two months indicates that Alamosa and Colorado Springs have had the hottest June and July period on record, with average temperatures over the two month period of 64.9F and 72.8F, respectively. Pueblo's average temperature over the past two months has been 76.5F and makes June and July of 2011 the 7th hottest on record.