A Warm July with Above Normal Rainfall Over and Near the Mountains

An early and active "Southwest Monsoon" weather pattern developed across the region through the month of July. This brought some much needed precipitation to areas over and near the mountains, with some areas receiving up to 200 percent of normal rainfall for the month! This benefical rainfall, however, largely missed southeast Colorado with much of the plains receiving less than a quarter of normal precipitation for the month of July.  July also remained generally much warmer than normal for temperatures, especially over the parched southeast plains.  The following graphics indicate departure from normals for both temperatures and precipitation over the past month of July.

 

 

In Colorado Springs, the average monthly temperature in July was 75.4F. This is 4.5  degrees above normal and makes July of 2012 the 3rd warmest July on record, just behind the average temperatures of 75.8F and 75.5F recorded in July of 2003 and 1963,  respectively. Colorado Springs received 3.56 inches of precipitation through the month of July, which is 0.72 inches above normal

 In Pueblo, the average monthly temperature in July was 79.8F. This is 4.0 degrees above normal, and makes July of 2012 the 8th warmest July on record, well behind the record highest average temperature of 81.2F recorded in July of 2003. Pueblo received 0.91 inches of precipitation through the month of July, which is 1.15 inches below normal.

In Alamosa, the average monthly temperature in July was 66.0F. This is 1.4 degrees above normal and makes July of 2012 the 13th warmest on record, well behind the record highest average temperature of 68.4 degrees recorded in July of last year. Alamosa received 0.99 inches of precipitation in July, which is 0.02 inches above normal.



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