NWS–Pueblo office: August 2015 Climate Review and September Preview across Southern Colorado

Click here to read the August review/September preview from the National Weather Service Pueblo office. Here’s an excerpt:

Upper level ridging across the state for much of the month made August of 2015 relatively warm and dry across south central and southeast Colorado, save for portions of the southeast plains which saw at or above normal precipipitation for the month as a whole. The following graphics depict preliminary departures from normal for both temperature and precipitation over the past month across the state.

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of August in Colorado Springs was 71.3 F. This is 2.6 degrees above normal and makes August of 2015 the 9th warmest August on record in Colorado Springs. This, however, remains well below the average temperature of 74.1 degrees recorded in August of 2011. Colorado Springs recorded 1.73 inches of precipitation throughout the month of August, which is 1.61 inches below normal.

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of August in Pueblo was 77.6 F. This is 4.2 degrees above normal and makes August of 2015 the 5th warmest August on record in Pueblo. This, however, remains well below the average temperature of 79.8 degrees recorded in August of 1970. Pueblo recorded 4.24 inches of precipitation through out the month of August. This is 1.92 inches above normal and makes August of 2015 the 6th wettest August on record in Pueblo. This, however, remains well below the 5.85 inches of precipitation recorded throughout August of 1955.

The preliminary average temperature over the past month of August in Alamosa was 64.0 degrees, which is 1.3 degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded 0.50 inches of precipitation throughout the month of August. This is 0.77 inches below normal and makes August of 2015 tied with August of 2012 and 1932 as the 14th driest August on record in Alamosa. This, however, remains well below the 0.11 inches of precipitation recorded through out August of 1944.

Looking ahead into September, in Colorado Springs, the average high and low temperatures of 79 degrees and 53 degrees on September 1st, cool to 69 degrees and 41 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 60.9 degrees. Colorado Springs averages 1.19 inches of precipitation and 0.2 inches of snow throughout the month of September.

In Pueblo, the average high and low temperatures of 87 degrees and 54 degrees on September 1st, cool to 76 degrees and 41 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 64.7 degrees. Pueblo averages 0.77 inches of precipitation and 0.3 inches of snow through out the month of September.

In Alamosa, the average high and low temperatures of 77 degrees and 43 degrees on September 1st, cool to 68 degrees and 31 degrees by the end of the month, yielding an average monthly temperature of 55.0 degrees. Alamosa averages 0.91 inches of precipitation throughout the month of September.

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

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