Recent Pattern Change? Kind of...

After being so dry for the first 6 months of the year, it finally started to rain a little bit in July. In fact, the last two weeks have brought widespread flooding rain to the northern half of the state. Spotty, but healthy rains have brought drought relief to the southern half. This has brought some drought relief, but we still have a ways to go in Southern Colorado. In the past few days, we have shut off the rain and the heat has returned. Got me to thinking about how many 90 plus degree days we have had this year in CO Springs and Pueblo. While hitting 90 isn't that tough to do in Pueblo, it is a task in CO Springs. In fact, most years only offer 10 or so 90s in CO Springs and only a handful of 100s in Pueblo. Here is where we stand so far: CO Springs: Through July 17th, 19 90 degree days... Pueblo: Through July 17th, 38 90 degree days and 6 100 degree days... Now last year, CO Springs had 35 90 degree days and Pueblo had several 100 degree days. We have a lot of heat left to go. It didn't rain enough to make the soil moist. That means, the drier soil heats up much more rapidly, and will likely produce quite a bit more hot days this summer. Rememeber, we still have two week of July and all of August to go... Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe
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  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 17, 2011 at 05:08 AM
    @Brian....given the moderate monsoon that we have had this summer, do you see a weak La Nina or even a return of a weak El Nino this fall and winter? Do you still stand by your forecast of a dry and windy fall, winter, and spring? Say it ain't so! :)
  • by Stuff Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 15, 2011 at 06:42 PM
    Hey Brian, I bet you make a killing in Vegas when the odds are only 10% in your favor. Your weather forecasts are garbage. I like how you guys always throw a 10% up there for a chance of rain to cover your butts. Go back to night school and take a few more classes.
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