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MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR CRESTONE, CO

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2019


Month Mean
Temp
High
Temp
Date Low
Temp
Date Heating
Degree
Days
Cooling
Degree
Days
Total
Precip
Wind
Speed
Ave
Wind
Gust
High
Date Dom
Wind
Dir
Jan 16.4 37.3 1/21 -9.8 1/3 1556 0 0.71 1.0 36 1/22 SSW
Feb 22.1 45.6 2/27 -4.4 2/20 1200 0 0.79 3.0 40 2/26 SSW
March 35.3 67.7 3/28 10.4 3/13    914 0 2.55 3.0 41 3/9 SSW
April 43.8 68.9 4/25 16.4 4/12    632 0 0.71 3.5 42 4/26 SSW
May 46.0 74.2 5/15 26.2 5/24    580 0 1.48 4.0 56 5/23 SSW
June 59.1 87.0 6/28 32.3 6/23    187 16 0.30 3.0 39 6/22 SSW
July 67.0 90.0 7/19 41.9 7/9      14 83 0.77 3.0 36 7/21 SSW
Aug 65.4 87.2 8/26 42.6 8/24       22 41 2.29 2.5 34 8/2 E
Sept 61.3 89.5 9/2 34.8 9/22      128 24 0.18 2.0 44 9/22 ENE
Oct                        
Nov                        
Dec                        
                         
Totals 46.3 90.0 7/19 -9.8 1/3 5233 164 9.78 2.8 56 5/23 SSW

 

Up until Sept 30
Above normal Below normal

Temperatures recorded in degrees Fahrenheit. Wind Speed recorded in MPH. Precipitation recorded in inches. Heating/Cooling degree base: 65.0.

Crestone Weather Notes For 2019

 

This past January was the seventh coldest January (or 7th coldest month period), ever in the Crestone Baca.

 

Most of the foothills around the greater Crestone/Baca area saw record snowfall on February 19. At the weather station, a new record for the date was broken when 6.0 inches of snow fell, breaking the old mark of 5.0 inches, set back in 1991.

 

The first trace of rain in 2019 is seen early this year, just before 6pm on March 2, then it changed quickly to snow pellets minutes later. March 2 was also the first day of 2019 where the temperature stayed above freezing for the entire 24 hour period and the first day since October 24, 2018 that we didn't see freezing temperatures occur.

 

The first measurable rain of 2019 also comes early this year, as this occurs on March 11, be it only .01 of an inch.

 

Both record precipitation and snowfall fell on March 13. The 0.21" of precip that fell broke the old record for the date of .06" set in 2008. This was the second day in a row breaking the daily precip record, as the 1.32" that fell on March 12 shattered the old record for that date which was .18", set in 1999. Although the area didn't see a lot of snow fall, the 2.7" that did accumulate on March 13 was also a new record for the date, breaking the old mark of 0.4", also set in '08.

 

The Crestone/Baca saw a record high temperature on March 27, when the high for the day reached 67 degrees, tying the record for the day, which was first reached  in 2012. Then a record low high temperature was set for March 31, when the high only reached 29 degrees. The old record was 35 degrees, set in 2000.

 

Nothing exciting happened in April. We did see our first day of the year with the humidity value below 10%, and the average temp was a mere .02 degrees above average.

 

The Crestone/Baca saw weather records broken on 2 days in a row, on May 8 and 9th. For the 8th, both rain and snow fell with record amounts of precip recorded, breaking the old record for the date of 0.31 of an inch, set in 2013, when 0.41 of an inch fell. Then for the next day, the old record low high for May 9, which was 44 degrees, set in 2013 was shattered, when the high was only 35 degrees.

Two more weather records were broken on May 22 at the Weather Station. First, a record low temperature was set when the thermometer fell to 26 degrees, breaking the old record for the date of 27 degrees, set in 2001. Then the 1.5 inches of snow that fell was also a record amount of snow for May 21, breaking the old record of 0.2 of an inch, set in 2015.

A hail storm hit on May 29 with moderate to heavy hail falling nonstop for around 15 minutes, with 0.23" of the 0.24" of precip that fell for the day, falling as hail in this 15 minute period.

As of May 30, Colorado became 100% drought-free for the first time since the National Drought Monitor was developed 19 years ago. There were no areas in the state categorized as "Abnormally Dry" - sometimes referred to as D0 drought. Up until this new report was issued, Colorado was the only state out of the 50, that was unable to ever make this claim.

 

On June 23, the Baca/Crestone Weather Station saw 2 records broken. First one was a record low temperature reached when the thermometer dropped down to 32 degrees, breaking the old record low of 35 degrees, set back in 2004. Then a record low high was also broken when the afternoon high was only 62 degrees, breaking the old record low high of 69 degrees, set in 1989. On the next day a another new record low of 35 degrees was set, with the old record being 39 degrees, set in 1986.

The high temp on June 26 was 81 degrees at the Baca/Crestone Weather Station, and that marked the first day of 2019 that the 80 degree day marker was seen.  This turned out to be the latest day ever in the year for the Crestone area to reach the 80 degree mark. The old record for the latest first 80 degree day was set all the way back on June 22, 1982, which was the first year that weather records were kept in the Crestone Baca.

 

On July 6, a record low high of 72 degrees was set. The old record for the date was 75 degrees in 2015.

 

While August saw above average precipitation of 2.29 inches, all of that precip fell before August 13, with only a trace seen after that date in the month.

 

Temperatures were very much above normal for September, with some of the hottest recorded temperature ever seen in September. The thermometer reach 90 degrees on September 2, breaking the old record for the month of 88 degrees set only the day before. The old warmest reading in September before this year had been 86 degrees, reached in 2016. Before this first week in September was over, the first 5 days saw record high temperatures reached each day of either 87 or 88 degrees.


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