The Active Summer Monsoon of 2013

The southwest monsoon came alive across Colorado in the beginning of July and has remained very active across the state through the end of August, bringing beneficial rains to much of south central and southeast Colorado. The much needed rainfall has brought some relief  to the drought which has had it grip on the area over the past several years. The following graphics depict total precipitation recorded across the state since July 1st, along with the percentage of normal precipitation over the same time frame. 

 

 

Since July 1st, Colorado Springs has received 10.33 inches of precipitation. This is 4.15 inches above the combined average July and August precipitation totals and makes 2013 the second wettest July and August on record, behind the 11.74 inches of precipitation received in July and August of 1999. The above normal precipitation over the past two months has also helped to bring the total yearly precipitation back to near normal in Colorado Springs, with 13.66 inches recorded since January 1st.

 

Since July 1st, Pueblo has received 5.60 inches of precipitation. This is 1.22 inches above the combined average July and August precipitation totals and makes 2013 the 19th wettest July and August on record in Pueblo, well behind the 8.70 inches of precipitation received in July and August of 1923. The above normal precipitation over the past two month has helped to shrink the yearly precipitation deficit, with 7.80 inches now recorded since January 1st. However,  Pueblo still remains over 2 inches below the average to date precipitation of 10.23 inches. 

Since July 1st, Alamosa has received 3.27 inches of precipitation. This is 1.03 inches above the combined average July and August precipitation totals and makes 2013 the 10th wettest July and August on record in Alamosa, well behind the 5.97 inches of precipitation received in July and August of 2001. The above normal precipitation over the past month has helped to bring the yearly precipitation total back to near normal, with 4.88 inches recorded since January 1st.

 

The July and August state wide precipitation graphics above also indicated near to above normal precipitation totals across the southwest and central mountains, the southeast mountains and southern I-25 corridor as well as portions of the far southeast plains, with below normal July and August precipitation across portions of the lower Arkansas River valley and northern portions of the the San Luis Valley. The following graphics indicate the year to date accumulated precipitation totals at the Trinidad Airport, La Junta Airport, Lamar Airport, and the Leadville Airport.

 

 

 

Despite the active summer monsoon, much more precipitation will be needed to end the severe to exceptional drought which has had it grip on the area over the past two years, especially over the southeast Colorado Plains.

 



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