The Warmest Summer Ever?

Temperatures remained "at and above" seasonal averages to wind up the month of August. As a result... the summer months (June, July and August) saw 2012 become the warmest summer on record in Colorado Springs, based on average temperature. Pueblo and Alamosa both registered the second warmest summer on record. 

In Colorado Springs, the average temperature from June 1st through August 31st was 73.3F. This is 5 degrees above the seasonal average of 68.3F and makes the summer of 2012 the warmest summer on record, coming in just above the average temperature of 73.2 degrees recorded in 2011.  In addition, the average maximum temperature in Colorado Springs from June through August was 88.0 degrees. This is 6.2 degrees above the seasonal average maximum temperature of 81.2F, and gives the summer of 2012 the highest average maximum temperature on record in Colorado Springs, although this matches the average maximum temperature of 88.0F recorded in the summer of 2011.  Colorado Springs received 4.27 inches of precipitation through the days of summer in 2012. This is 4.41 inches below the seasonal average and makes the summer of 2012 the 15th driest summer on record to date in Colorado Springs, though well behind the 2.47 inches recorded through the summer of 1939.  Clearly, the 3.56 inches of precipitation measured in July 2012 offset the 0.59 in June and 0.12 in August...which became the driest August on record, coming in below the 0.15 inches of August 1962.

In Pueblo, the average temperature from June 1st through August 31st was 77.4F. This is 4.3 degrees above the seasonal average of 73.1F and makes the summer of 2012 the 2nd warmest summer on record, coming in just below the average temperature of 77.8F recorded through days of summer in 1970. However, the average maximum temperature in Pueblo from June 1st through August 31st was  94.9F. This is 5.1 degrees above the seasonal average of 89.8F and gives  the summer of 2012 the highest average maximum temperature on record to date in Pueblo, surpassing the average maximum temperature of 94.1F recorded in the summer in 2002.  Pueblo recorded 1.22 inches of precipitation through the summer of 2012. This is 4.52 inches below the seasonal average and makes the summer of 2012 the 2nd driest summer on record, just behind the 0.86 inches recorded through the summer in 1939. 

In Alamosa, the average temperature from June 1st through August 31st was 64.6F. This is 2.3 degrees above the seasonal average of 62.3F and makes the summer of 2012 the 2nd warmest summer on record, coming in just below the average temperature of 65.3F recorded through the first 91 days of summer last year (2011).  In addition, the average maximum temperature in Alamosa from June 1st through August 31st was 84.4F. This is 4.3 degrees above the seasonal average of 80.1F and makes the summer of 2012 the 3rd highest average maximum temperature on record to date in Alamosa, behind the average maximum temperature of 85.3 degrees recorded in the  summer of 2011.  Alamosa received 1.70 inches of precipitation through the summer of 2012. This is 1.00 inches below the seaonal average and places the summer of 2012 at the 14th driest summer on record to date, behind the 0.75 inches recorded through the summer of 1980. 



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