A Cool October Across Eastern Colorado

One storm system moving across the state at the beginning of October, along with another system moving across the area at the end of the month, brought some generally light precipitation (and the first measurable snowfall) to portions of south central and southeast Colorado. In addition, cold air associated with these systems helped temperatures to be generally cooler than normal across southeast Colorado in October, with at or above normal temperatures persisting across south central Colorado. The following graphics indicate departure from normals for both temperatures and precipitation over the past month of October.

 

 

 In Colorado Springs, the average monthly temperature in October was 49.3F. This is 0.1 degrees below average and marks only the second time this year in which the average monthly temperature was near or below normal (the other being February). Colorado Springs received 0.14 inches of precipitation through the month of October. This is 0.68 inches below average and makes October of 2012 the 20th driest on record; though well behind the trace of precipitation recorded in October of 1934. Colorado Springs also received its first measurable snowfall of the season in October, with 0.6 inches of snow recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport on the 25th. 

In Pueblo, the average monthly temperature in October was 50.7F. This is 1.1 degrees below average and marks only the second time this year in which the average monthly temperature was near or below normal (the other being February). Pueblo received 0.29 inches of precipitation through the month of October. This is 0.43 inches below average and marks the eighth consecutive month of below normal precipitation recorded in Pueblo. Pueblo also received its first measurable snowfall of the season in October, with 0.8 inches of snow recorded at the Pueblo Airport on the 25th and another 0.8 inches recorded through the early morning hours of the 26th.   

In Alamosa, the average monthly temperature in October was 43.5F, which is 0.4 degrees above average. Alamosa received 0.37 inches of precipitation, which is 0.31 inches below average. Alamosa received only a trace of snow on the 26th of October.

 



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