NWS Pueblo: July 2015 Climate Review and August Preview across Southern CO

Here’s the release from the Nation Weather Service Pueblo office:

July of 2015 was relatively cool and wet across much of south central and southeast Colorado, especially over and near the higher terrain, with areas of warmer and drier conditions noted across portions of the high mountain vallleys and the eastern Plains. The following graphics depict preliminary departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation over the past month across the state.

july2015preciptempaspercentofnormalcoloradonwspueblo

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of July in Colorado Springs was 70.3 degrees, which is 0.6 degrees below normal. Colorado Springs recorded 3.14 inches of precipitation throughout the month of July, which is 0.30 inches above normal. Of note, Colorado Springs set a new record for daily maximum precipitation of 1.49 inches on July 15th. Hail was recorded at the Colorado Springs Airport on July 26th.

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of July in Pueblo was 77.7 degrees, which is 1.9 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.64 inches of precipitation through out the month of July. This is 1.42 inches below normal and makes July of 2015 the 12th driest July on record in Pueblo. This, however, remains well above the 0.09 inches of precipitation recorded throughout July of 1987.

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of July in Alamosa was 64.1 degrees, which is 0.5 degrees below normal. Alamosa recorded 1.34 inches of precipitation throughout the month of July, which is 0.37 inches above normal.

Looking ahead into August, in Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperatures of 84 degrees and 57 degrees on August 1st, cool to 80 degrees and 53 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 68.7 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 3.34 inches of precipitation throughout the month of August, which is the wettest month of year, on average, in Colorado Springs.

In Pueblo, the average high and low temperatures of 91 degrees and 59 degrees on August 1st, cool to 87 degrees and 54 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 73.4 degrees. Pueblo averages 2.32 inches of precipitation throughout the month of August, which is the wettest month of the year, on average, in Pueblo.

In Alamosa, the average high and low temperatures of 81 degrees and 48 degrees on August 1st, cool to 77 degrees and 43 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 62.7 degrees. Alamosa averages 1.27 inches of precipitation throughout the month of August, which is the wettest month of the year, on average, in Alamosa.

Below is the Climate Prediction Center’s (CPC) temperature and precipitation outlook for the month of August, which gives a better chance for below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation across south central and southeast Colorado.

preciptempoutlooksaugust2015

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