A Hot and Relatively Dry August and Summer Season

Temperatures across south central and southeast Colorado remained well above average over the past month of August, which has also been the trend for the entire 2011 Summer Season.  Precipitation in August was generally below average across much of the area, with portions of the the San Luis Valley and the eastern Plains seeing above average precipitation as the "southwest monsoon" became more spotty across the region. The graphics below indicate departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation across the area for the month of August and for the 2011 Summer Season.

 

Preliminary data indicates that the average monthly temperature in Alamosa for August was 66.0F. This is 3.9F above average and makes August of 2011 the hottest August on record in Alamosa, surpassing the old record of 65.9F set in August of 1969. As for precipitation, Alamosa recorded 1.27 inches for the month of August. This is 0.08 inches above average and makes August of 2011 the 22nd wettest August on record, well behind the 5.40 inches received in August of 1993.

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Alamosa was 65.3F. This is 3.4F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the hottest summer on record, surpasing the average temperature of 64.4F recorded in the Summer of 2010. Alamosa received 1.41 inches of precipitation through the summer season. This is 1.31 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 9th driest on record, well behind the 0.75 inches received in the Summer of 1980.

 

In Colorado Springs, preliminary data for August indicates the average monthly temperature was 74.1F. This is 6.5F above the monthly average and makes August of 2011 the hottest August on record in Colorado Springs, surpassing the average monthly temperature of 72.6F recorded in August of 2007. As for precipitation, Colorado Springs recorded only 1.49 inches in the month of August. This is 1.99 inches below the monthly average and makes August of 2011 the 25th driest on record, well abvoe the 0.15 inches received in August of 1962. 

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Colorado Springs was 73.2F. This is 6.0F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the hottest summer on record, surpasing the average temperature of 71.2F recorded in the Summer of 1980. Colorado Springs received 6.65 inches of precipitation through the summer season, with just over 70 percent of that total falling in July. This is 2.02 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 50th driest on record, well behind the 2.47 inches received in the Summer of 1939.   

 

In Pueblo, preliminary data for August indicates the average monthly temperature was 78.5F, which is 5.0F above average. This makes August of 2011 the 3th hottest on record in Pueblo, behind the average temperature of 79.8F recorded in August of 1970. Pueblo received only 0.79 inches of precipitation in August. This is 1.48 inches below average and makes August of 2011 the 22nd driest on record, well behind the trace of precipitation recorded in August of 1900.

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Pueblo was 77.1F. This is 4.2F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the 2nd hottest summer on record, just behind the average temperature of 77.8F recorded in the Summer of 1970. Pueblo received 3.94 inches of precipitation through the summer season. This is 1.70 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 39th driest on record, well behind the 0.86 inches recorded in the Summer of 1939.



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