A Warm and Mainly Dry August and Summer of 2012

The "Southwest Monsoon" diminished across the area through early August, which lead to a generally warm and dry month, save the higher terrain of the central mountains. The summer of 2012 (June, July and August) as a whole, was unusually warm and again generally dry across most of south central and southeast Colorado, with many new temperature records set, especially in the month of June.  The following graphics indicate the departure from normals for both temperature and precipitation over the past month of August and for the Summer of 2012 as a whole. 

 

 

 In Colorado Springs, the average temperature in August was 71.2F. This is 2.5 degrees above the monthly average and makes August of 2012 the ninth warmest August on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs recorded only 0.12 inches of precipitation through the month of August. This is 3.22 inches below average and makes August of 2012 the driest on record in Colorado Springs, coming in just below the 0.15 inches recorded in August of 1962.

For the summer 2012 as a whole, the average temperature in Colorado Springs 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 through the summer of 2011. The average maximum temperature in Colorado Springs through the summer of 2012 was 88.0F. This is 6.2 degrees above the seasonal average maximum temperature of 81.2F, and makes the summer of 2012 tied with the summer of 2011, for the highest average summer maximum temperature on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs received 4.27 inches of precipitation through the of summer of 2012 (most of which was recorded trhough the month of July). This is 4.41 inches below the seasonal average and makes summer of 2012 the 15th driest summer on record, though well behind the 2.47 inches recorded through the summer of 1939.

In addition, Colorado Springs tied or set 10 record high temperatures through the summer of 2012; including 5 consecutive days of records in June, as well as setting its all time record high temperature of 101F on June 26th. Colorado Springs recorded 3 days of temperatures at or above 100 degrees in 2012, and also set a new record of 49 days in which temperatures topped out at or above 90 degrees

 

 In Pueblo, the average temperature in August was 75.3F. This is 1.9 degrees above the monthly average and makes August of 2012 tied as the 22nd warmest August on record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded only 0.24 inches of precipitation through the month of August. This is 2.08 inches below average and makes August of 2012 the 6th driest on record, behind the trace of precipitation recorded in August of 1900.

For the summer of 2012 as a whole, the average temperature in Pueblo 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 the summer of 1970. However, the average maximum temperature in Pueblo through the summer of 2012 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 in Pueblo, surpassing of the average maximum temperature of 94.1F recorded through the summer of 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 in Pueblo, just behind the 0.86 inches recorded through the summer of 1939.

In addition, Pueblo tied or set 8 record high temperatures through the summer of 2012, including 6 straight days of records in June. Pueblo recorded 14 consecutive days in the which the high temperature topped out at or above the century mark through the summer of 2012, and also tied the record of 28 days (previously recorded in 2003) with high temperatures at or above 100 degrees recorded in a year. 

 

In Alamosa, the average temperature in August was 63.4F, which is 0.7 degrees above the monthly average. Alamosa recorded 0.50 inches of precipitation through the month of August. This is 0.77 inches below average and makes August of 2012 the 14th driest on record, well behind the 0.11 inches recorded in August of 1944.

For the summer of 2012 as a whole, the average temperature in Alamosa 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 in Alamosa, coming in just below the average temperature of 65.3F recorded through the summer last year (2011).  The average maximum temperature in Alamosa through the summer of 2012 was 84.4F. This is 4.3 degrees above the seasonal average of 80.1F and gives 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 through 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 makes the summer of 2012 the 14th driest summer on record, behind the 0.75 inches recorded through the summer of 1980.

In addition, Alamosa tied or set 12 record high temperatures through the summer of 2012, including 6 consecutive days of records in June.  Alamosa also recorded 11 days with high temperatures at or above 90 degrees, which makes 2012 the 2nd most days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees, though remains well behind the 20 days with temperatures at or above 90 degrees recorded in 2003. 

 

 



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