Spring of 2013 Climate Review and Summer Preview

The "Meteorological Spring" (March-May) of 2013 was generally cold and very dry across the area, except for portions of the Southwest mountains and San Luis Valley, which saw at or above normal temperatures, and portions of Central mountains, which saw well above normal precipitation. The following graphics depict departures from normal values for both temperatures and precipitation across the state for the Spring Season of 2013.

 

 

In Colorado Springs, the average temperature for the 2013 Spring Season was 45.9 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees below the seasonal average. Colorado Springs recorded 1.65 inches of precipitation through out the spring. This is 2.80 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2013 the 6th driest Spring on record, though well above the 1.14 inches received through the Spring of 2006. Colorado Springs also recorded 9.6 inches of snow through out the spring, which is 4.1 inches below normal.

In Pueblo, the average temperature for the 2013 Spring Season was 49.5 degrees, which is 1.6 degrees below the seasonal average. Pueblo recorded 1.24 inches of precipitation through the out the spring. This is 2.60 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2013 the 7th driest Spring on record, though well above the 0.42 inches received through the Spring of 2002. Pueblo also recorded 9.7 inches of snow through the spring, which is 0.3 inches below normal. 

In Alamosa, the average temperature for the 2013 Spring Season was 41.3 degrees, which is 0.9 degrees below the seasonal average. Alamosa recorded 0.84 inches of precipitation and 5.6 inches of snow through out the spring, which is 0.86 inches and 3.9 inches below normal, respectively. 

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's temperature and precipitation outlook for the upcoming Summer of 2013 (June-August), which gives a higher probability of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the period (especially across southeast Colorado).



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