Hard to believe that we are already in October, as it seems like time goes faster each year. Anyhow, September was an interesting month. Check out the stats from our friends at the NWS Office in Pueblo:
Temperatures across south central and southeast Colorado remained above average over the past month of September with generally below average precipitation, except around the Pikes Peak region and portions of the San Luis, which saw above average precipitation. The graphics below indicate departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation across the area for the month of September.
Preliminary data indicates that the average monthly temperature in Alamosa in September was 55.9F. This is 1.4 degrees above average and makes September of 2011 tied as the 27th hottest September on record in Alamosa, well behind the record of 59.0F set in September of 1933. As for precipitation, Alamosa received 1.15 inches over the past month. This is 0.26 inches above the monthly average and makes September of 2011 the 25th wettest on record, well behind the 2.62 inches received in September of 1938.
In Colorado Springs, preliminary data for September indicates the average monthly temperature was 62.5F. This is 2.7 degrees above the monthly average and makes September of 2011 the 26th hottest on record in Colorado Springs, well behind the average monthly temperature of 67.0F recorded in September of 2010. As for precipitation, Colorado Springs totaled 5.91 inches of precipitation in September, with an amazing 4.50 inches falling on September 14th and a total of 5.36 inches falling in the two day period of September 14th and 15th. The 5.91 inches is 4.68 inches above the monthly average and makes September of 2011 the wettest September on record, surpassing the 4.97 inches recorded in September of 2008.
In Pueblo, preliminary data for July indicates the average monthly temperature was 66.0F. This is 1.2 degrees above average and makes September of 2011 the 45th hottest in Pueblo, well behind the average temperature of 71.0F recorded in September of 1931. Pueblo received 0.46 inches of precipitation in September. This is 0.38 inches below average and makes September of 2011 tied as the 54th driest on record, well behind the trace of precipitation recorded in September of 1892 and 1916.
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe