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MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR CRESTONE, CO

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2022

 

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 23.0 48.9 1/7   -8.4 1/2  1291    0 0.40 2 35 1/4 ENE
Feb 22.4 50.6 2/28 -12.9 2/4   1186    0 0.68 3 44 2/23 ENE
March 33.1 69.0 3/27   -1.2 3/11     979    0 0.59 3 41 3/20 ENE
April 42.1 71.4 4/24     9.7 4/13     678    0 0.75 6 61 4/22 ENE
May 53.1 82.0 5/22   25.3 5/5     360    0 1.21 6 48 5/7 S
June 62.1 90.4 6/11    37.7 6/1      114    32 2.25 4 44 6/12 ENE
July 66.9 90.4 7/22   45.1 7/7        31     96  2.30 2 37 7/12 ENE
Aug 64.4 87.2 8/14 41.4 8/29        60      50   2.08 2 35 8/25 ENE
Sept 60.8 87.8 9/5 37.9 9/24      135       7    0.74 2 38 9/8 ENE
Oct 44.3 67.5 10/13 14.0 10/25      634       0    0.93 2 46 10/23 ENE
Nov 28.0 61.5 11/8  -0.5 11/19     1104      0   0.44  3  51 11/9 ENE
Dec 25.8 47.0 12/5 -3.7 12/17      1207       0   0.05 4 40 12/22 ENE
                         
Totals 43.8 90.4 7/22* -12.9 2/4    7779   185  12.42 3.3 61 4/22 ENE
*Also reached on June 11
Above normal Below normal 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 2022

On January 21, two precipitation records were broken for the date: The .25 of an inch that fell and was recorded in the 24 hour period was a record high, which broke the old record of .14 of an inch that was set in 2018. Then the snowfall of 3.9 inches was also a record high for the date, breaking the old mark of 3.2 inches set in 1999.

On February 3, the high temperature only reached 14 degrees, breaking the old record low high for that date of 15 degrees, set in 2011. Then on the following day, in the early morning hours of February 4, the thermometer dropped down to -13 degrees, breaking the record low reading for that date of -11 degrees, which was set in 2016.... Then for the third day in a row, a new temperature record was set when on Feb 5, when the thermometer fell to -9 degrees, breaking the old weather record for the date of -7 degrees, set in 2020.

The Crestone/Baca area saw a record high temperature set on March 2, when the high for the day reached 60 degrees, which overtook the old record of 57 degrees, set in 2009. Then after that, several record low temperatures were set including: A record low high temperature reached on March 7 when the high was 28 degrees. This broke the old record low high for the date of 30 degrees, set in 1999. The average temperature for this day was 18 degrees, which was also a new record for the date. Also broke that day was the record low temperature for the date (which had been 5 degrees, set in 1998), when the thermometer dropped down to 4 degrees.... then on March 8, the high temp for that day was only 30 degrees, breaking the old coldest high reading for the date of 33 degrees, set in 2010. Finally, one last record low was set on March 11, when the temperature dropped down to -1 degrees, surpassing the old record low of +5 degrees, set in 2006. Yet the month closed out with a record high reading of 69 degrees on the 27th. The old record for that date was 67 degrees, set in 2019.

The first rain of 2022, which was mixed with snow, was seen and recorded on March 29.

Several weather records were broken or tied on April 13 in the Crestone/Baca. The first broken record was the day's high temperature, which only reach the freezing mark at 32 degrees, and in turn broke the old record low high reading of 36 degrees, set in 1983. Then the average high for the day was only 21 degrees, which shattered the old mark of 26 degrees, reached in 1987. Finally, the morning low of 9.7 degrees tied the old record low reading of 9.5 degrees, set back in 1997. Although the '97 reading was 0.2 degrees colder, all readings are rounded off to the nearest full degree, and in this case both readings are recorded as 10 degrees even.

The first 70 degree day of 2022 took place on April 19. Also on this day, the area saw not only its first 24 hour period of no freezing temps for 2022, but also saw the first 24 hour freeze free day since October 24, 2021, or a total of 176 straight days with (at least) nighttime freezing temperatures.

May saw 11 days with the humidity value at or below 10%

The first dust storms of the year hit on May 8 and then a second dust storm hit the next day, on May 9.

The first measurable precipitation recorded in the greater Crestone/Baca area in 46 days was finally seen here on May 21 when 0.26 of an inch of melted down snow fell in the early morning hours.

A record snowfall was seen on May 21, when 2.2 inches fell, beating out the old daily record for the date of 1.5 inches, which was set in 2019.

The Crestone Baca tied the record high temperature for June 10 when the thermometer reached 89 degrees. The first time this took place on this date was in 2013. Then on the following day, June 11, a new record high temperature was set when the thermometer rose to 90 degrees, shattering the old record high for the date of 87 degrees, which had taken place back in 2006. This was the sixth earliest date ever for this area to see a 90 degree temperature reading.

The first dry thunderstorm of the year hits town on July 17.

A record low high was reached on July 29 when the high for the day only reached 64 degrees. The old record low high for the date was 66 degrees, set in 1989.

Since the new snow season starts up on July 1 of each year, up on the local mountain peaks from about 12,000 feet and higher, the first snow of the season fell on August 4, from a late day thunderstorm (that missed town).

A record low high temperature for August 20 was recorded when the high for that day only reached 64 degrees at 10:47AM (MST) at the Crestone/Baca weather station in Chalet 1. The old record low high for August 20 was 71 degrees, set in 2012. 

Record high temperatures were set on 3 days in early September on the 5th, 7th and 8th, with high temp readings of 87.8 degrees (on the 5th), 85.6 degrees (on the 7th) and 86.7 degrees (on the 8th).

No weather records were tied or broken during the month of October.

Three low temperature records were reached in November. The first one took place on November 16, when a reading of 2 degrees above zero was recorded. Then on November 19, the low was -1 degree, easily breaking the old record of 4 degrees above, set in 2000. That reading marked by 4 days, the earliest this area ever seen a below zero reading in November, beating out the old first date in November for below zero readings, set on November 23, 2003, when the low was -5 degrees. Finally, on the following morning, November 20, a record low was tied at 3 degrees above.

The 0.05 of an inch of total precipitation seen in December was the second least amount ever recorded in the month. The all tine record low is 0.03 of an inch, set in 2002. Also, the 1.1 inch of snow for the month was the third least ever seen in December. The record low is 0.8 recorded in 2000.

 

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