November Climate Review and December Preview

November of 2013 started on a warm and dry note across most of south central and southeast Colorado. A pattern change then brought cool and wet weather to the much of the area from the middle to the end of the month, especially across portions of the San Luis Valley, which saw record breaking precipitation for the month as a whole. The following graphics depict departures from normal for both temperatures and precipitation experienced across the state over the past month.

The preliminary average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of November was 28.1 degrees. This is 1.4 degrees below normal and makes November of 2013 the 22nd coldest November on record, though well above the average temperature of 18.6 degrees recorded in November of 1972. Of note, the average temperature in Alamosa was running above average through November 24th, before snow cover on the valley floor and lowering sun angles kept temperatures well below average for the last week of the month.  Alamosa received 1.63 inches of precipitation through the month of  November. This is 1.21 inches above normal and makes November of 2013 the wettest on record, surpassing the 1.23 inches recorded in November of 1991.  Alamosa also tallied 18.1 inches of snow through the month. This is 14.4 inches above the monthly average and makes November of 2013 the 3rd snowiest in Alamosa, just behind the 20.0 inches and the 19.8 inches recorded in November of 1940 and 1972, respectively.  

The preliminary average temperature in Colorado Springs over the past month of November was 39.2 degrees, which is 1.1 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs received 0.27 inches of precipitation and 4.0 inches of snow through the month of November, which is 0.13 inches and 0.7 inches below normal, respectively.  

The preliminary average temperature in Pueblo over the past month of November was 40.4 degrees, which is 1.1 degrees above normal. Pueblo received 0.34 inches of precipitation and 3.6 inches of snow through the month of November, which is 0.13 inches and 0.8 inches below normal, respectively. 

Looking ahead into December, in Alamosa, the average high and low temperature of 39 degrees and 5 degrees on December 1st cools to 34 degrees and -2 degrees by the end of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 17.9 degrees.  Alamosa averages 0.35 inches of precipitation and 4.5 inches of snow in December.

In Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperature of 44 degrees and 20 degrees on December 1st cools to 41 degrees and 17 degrees, respectively, by the middle of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 29.8 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 0.34 inches of precipitation along with 5.7 inches of snow in December. 

 In Pueblo,  the average high and low temperature of 49 degrees and 17 degrees on December 1st cools to 45 degrees and 13 degrees by the middle of the month, with an average monthly temperature of 30.1 degrees. Pueblo averages 0.38 inches of precipitation along with 5.5 inches of snow in December.

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's temperature and precipitation outlook for December, which gives equal chances for above, below and near normal temperatures and precipitation across south  central and southeast Colorado through the month as a whole, despite expected well below normal temperatures across the area over the next week

 



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