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Summer of 2017 Climate Review from NWS

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After a wet spring of 2017, the first month of “Meteorological Summer” warmed up and dried out across south central and southeast Colorado. While some portions of Eastern Colorado saw spotty amounts of above normal precipitation through the month of June, along with bouts of severe weather, most of south central and southeast Colorado saw above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation for the month as a whole.

July of 2017 started off where June left off, mainly hot and dry across south central and southeast Colorado. The summer monsoon started to bring in some moisture into western Colorado after the first week of the month, with the monsoon increasing into the middle of the month and remaining in full swing across south central and southeast through the end of the month. For the month as a whole, above to well above normal precipitation and generally above normal temperatures, were experienced across much of south central and southeast Colorado.

August of 2017 started off where July left off, with ample “monsoon” moisture in place across the region, leading to daily showers and thunderstorms spreading across south central and southeast Colorado. However, the monsoonal moisture tap started to dry out into the middle of the month, which lead to much more isolated storms across the area, with this drier weather pattern then persisting through the end of the month. For the month as a whole, generally below normal temperatures and precipitation were experienced across south central and southeast Colorado, save for localized areas of above normal precipitation across the far southeastern Colorado Plains.

For the Summer Season as a whole, generally at, too slightly above normal temperatures were experienced across south central Colorado through the I-25 Corridor, with below to well below normal temperatures experienced across the southeast Colorado Plains. Near normal to slightly above normal precipitation was experienced across most of south central and southeast Colorado through the summer of 2017, with well above normal precipitation experienced across portions of the San Luis Valley and southeast Colorado Plains.

Here are the precipitation levels for counties in southeast Colorado for June-July-August -2016 and 2017

 

June-July-August 2017

June-July-August 2016

Springfield

11.72 8.03
Walsh 6.97

7.71

Las Animas

9.12 10.52
Crowley 4.72

7.68

Eads

15.61 7.82
Burlington 13.72

7.25

Trinidad

7.42 5.50
La Junta 10.21

9.14

Holly

13.72 9.34
Lamar 10.16

8.52

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