HOT AND DRY AUGUST? DUH!

We had been talking a lot through the month of August about record number of 90 degree days in CO Springs, not much rain, how hot it has been, etc.  However, not only was the whole month  a record setter, the whole summer was a record setter!  Here is a great writeup from our good friends at the NWS Office in Pueblo.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

A Hot and Relatively Dry August and Summer Season

Temperatures across south central and southeast Colorado remained well above average over the past month of August, which has also been the trend for the entire 2011 Summer Season.  Precipitation in August was generally below average across much of the area, with portions of the the San Luis Valley and the eastern Plains seeing above average precipitation as the "southwest monsoon" became more spotty across the region. The graphics below indicate departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation across the area for the month of August and for the 2011 Summer Season.

 

 

Preliminary data indicates that the average monthly temperature in Alamosa for August was 66.0F. This is 3.9F above average and makes August of 2011 the hottest August on record in Alamosa, surpassing the old record of 65.9F set in August of 1969. As for precipitation, Alamosa recorded 1.27 inches for the month of August. This is 0.08 inches above average and makes August of 2011 the 22nd wettest August on record, well behind the 5.40 inches received in August of 1993.

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Alamosa was 65.3F. This is 3.4F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the hottest summer on record, surpasing the average temperature of 64.4F recorded in the Summer of 2010. Alamosa received 1.41 inches of precipitation through the summer season. This is 1.31 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 9th driest on record, well behind the 0.75 inches received in the Summer of 1980.

 

In Colorado Springs, preliminary data for August indicates the average monthly temperature was 74.1F. This is 6.5F above the monthly average and makes August of 2011 the hottest August on record in Colorado Springs, surpassing the average monthly temperature of 72.6F recorded in August of 2007. As for precipitation, Colorado Springs recorded only 1.49 inches in the month of August. This is 1.99 inches below the monthly average and makes August of 2011 the 25th driest on record, well abvoe the 0.15 inches received in August of 1962. 

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Colorado Springs was 73.2F. This is 6.0F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the hottest summer on record, surpasing the average temperature of 71.2F recorded in the Summer of 1980. Colorado Springs received 6.65 inches of precipitation through the summer season, with just over 70 percent of that total falling in July. This is 2.02 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 50th driest on record, well behind the 2.47 inches received in the Summer of 1939.   

 

In Pueblo, preliminary data for August indicates the average monthly temperature was 78.5F, which is 5.0F above average. This makes August of 2011 the 3th hottest on record in Pueblo, behind the average temperature of 79.8F recorded in August of 1970. Pueblo received only 0.79 inches of precipitation in August. This is 1.48 inches below average and makes August of 2011 the 22nd driest on record, well behind the trace of precipitation recorded in August of 1900.

For the 2011 Summer Season as a whole, preliminary data indicates the average temperature in Pueblo was 77.1F. This is 4.2F above average for the season and makes the Summer of 2011 the 2nd hottest summer on record, just behind the average temperature of 77.8F recorded in the Summer of 1970. Pueblo received 3.94 inches of precipitation through the summer season. This is 1.70 inches below average, and makes the Summer of 2011 the 39th driest on record, well behind the 0.86 inches recorded in the Summer of 1939.


 

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  • by Chris Location: Black Forest on Sep 14, 2011 at 06:13 PM
    Well, at least we get an above normal September for precip. Summer may have been below average for rain in August, but at least we had some decent storms and some areas around the Springs had average rainfall. It just depended on where you lived. I'm thankful that we are not getting hit like Texas and we are in much better shape for a dry Winter than we were last year. If I remember right last September was very dry and warm. I found it interesting that back to back La nina's happen 50 percent of the time according to NOAA/NWS. I hope and pray that this one doesn't get as strong or that we can at least see some good snowfall regardless.
  • by BURL Location: Sheridan Lake, CO on Sep 13, 2011 at 09:16 PM
    Bryan, Could you please show the future cast all the way to the CO KS state line. Lately you seem to have changed the format and don't show the radar out east too! Please help us. You guys have the best weather If you could just include us out East. Thanks
  • by Anonymous Location: La junta co on Sep 12, 2011 at 01:01 PM
    I always watch your weather. It is the best but very hard to see.I live in La Junta Co and you always stand where we can't see La Junta. Could you move to the other side? We could all see what is going on.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 9, 2011 at 04:57 AM
    We need a tropical storm in the gulf to come on up here...
  • by jon.. Location: stratton meadows/ southgate on Sep 6, 2011 at 05:37 PM
    bad summer , had only .72 inch as the largest rain occurance in early Aug, the rest of the summer only few .39 inchers and a smattering of lesser rains.. was here in 1961, which was mostly very cool and frequent rains, Labor DAy weekend that year did observe 4 inch of snow, with some yet on the ground on 1st day back to school , started on Wens aftre Labor Day.. just thought this be of interest bit of weather history..jon
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