Dog Days of Summer - Heat facts from Summer 2003

The NWS office in Pueblo keeps climate records for Pueblo, Colorado Springs, and Alamosa.  This year was a banner year for summer temperature records, with several new records matched or exceeded. Below is a list of highlights for each city. (Numbers are as of August 8, 2003)

Pueblo (Since 1888)

  • High temperatures in Pueblo for the month of July 2003 matched or tied record highs for 14 days. 
  • There have been 26 days this year of 100 F or greater. (23 in July, 1 in May, and 2 in August.) This is a record number, with the previous record being 22 days in 2002.
  • The highest temperature on record - 109F - was recorded July 13th, 2003, breaking the previous record of 108F set on June 29, 1990.
  • The month of July 2003 ranks #1 for having the highest monthly mean temperature, of 81.2F. The previous record was 80.3F from July 1970.
  • This year Pueblo tied the record of consecutive 100F days at 9 days in a row from July 13-21. This ties the previous string of June 24-July 2, 1990.

Colorado Springs (Since 1874)

  • Colorado Springs has recorded a temperature of 100F or more only 5 times - one of which was July 24 of this year. Previous days were 101 on June 7, 1874; 100F on June 23/24, 1954, and July 13, 1954.
  • Colorado Springs has had 27 days of 90F temperatures or higher this year so far. This ranks 5th on the list, with the record being 35 days in 1980.
  • Daytime record high temperatures were matched or tied 4 times in Colorado Springs in July.
  • The month of July 2003 ranks #1 for having the highest monthly mean temperature of 75.8F. The previous record was 75.5 in July of 1963.

Alamosa (Since April 1932)

  • In the month of July 2003, Alamosa matched or tied 14 record high temperatures. 
  • The month of July 2003 ranks #1 for having the highest monthly mean temperature of 68.3F. The previous record was 67.5 in July 1966. 

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