A Warm and Dry January

After a cold and relatively wet December of 2011, January of 2012 was very warm and dry across most of south central and southeast Colorado.  The graphics below indicate most of south central and southeast Colorado saw  well above normal  temperatures and well below normal precipitation in January.  However, western portions of the San Luis Valley along with portions of the lower Arkansas River Valley saw at or well below average temperatures due to persistent snow cover from December storms, with portions of the central mountains seeing above average precipitation  in January.

 

 

 

In Colorado Springs,  the average monthly temperature in January was 36.3F.  This is 8.2 degrees above average and makes January of 2012 the 3rd warmest on record; well behind the average temperature of 38.2F recorded in January of 1986.  Colorado Springs received only 0.02 inches of precipitation in January.  This is 0.26 inches below normal and makes January of 2012 the 5th driest on record in Colorado Springs; just behind January of 1995 and several prior years where a trace or less of precipitation was recorded.  

In Pueblo, the average monthly temperature in January was 36.1F.  This is 6.8 degrees above average and makes January of 2012 the 19th warmest on record; well behind the average temperature of 39.5F recorded in January of 1953.  Pueblo received only 0.03 inches of precipitation in January.  This is 0.30 inches below normal and makes January of 2012 tied as the 8th driest January on record; behind January of 1934 and several prior years in which a trace or less of precipitation was recorded. 

In Alamosa, the average monthly temperature in January was 21.5F.  This is 6.8 degrees above average and makes January of 2012 the 15th warmest on record; well behind the average temperature of 26.4F recorded in January of 2003.  Alamosa received only 0.06 inches of precipitation in January.  This is 0.19 inches below normal and makes January of 2012 tied as the 13h driest on record; behind January of 1998 and several prior years in which a trace or less of precipitation was recorded. 



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