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Weather Data & Records

 

 

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This page contains weather records for the Crestone area. Crestone's official weather records first started to be recorded on March 15, 1982. This page was last updated on January 20, 2017.

 

All data and record events shown below from March 1982 till January 1, 2003, were complied by Crestone's official weather observer, the late Hal Reinhart, at his station, located 1 mile northeast of the present station. All data and record events shown below after January 1, 2003, comes from this online station (unless other wise noted), which became Crestone's official station on September 25, 2006 . Special thanks to Hal's daughter Julie for helping me collect her father's records, and also to Randy Gray at the Pueblo Weather Office, for filling in the missing pieces from Hal's earliest records.

 

  - Record Precipitation Data -
(March 1982  till December 2016, recorded in inches)

 

 

Most Precip - Year
1.  19.16 in 1990
2.  17.24 in 1997
3.  17.23 in 2007
4.  17.21 in 2015
5.  16.77 in 1992
Most Precip - Month
1.  5.74 in July  1998
2.  5.05 in May 2015
3.  4.64 in Aug. 1987

4.  4.52 in July  2007
5.  4.34 in Aug. 1982
Least Precip - Year
1.   4.94 in 2002
2.   8.09 in 2000
3.   9.31 in 1989
4.   9.32 in 2004
5.   9.56 in 2011
Least Precip - Month
   1.  0.00 in May   2004
   1.  0.00 in Nov.  1989
   1.  0.00 in April  1989
    4.  0.02 in Feb.  1999 
   4.  0.02 in Mar.  1997

 

 

Crestone Monthly Precipitation Data & Records
(March 1982 till December 2016)
 

 

Precip is recorded in inches. Extremes for each month are in bold. Totals in parenthesis indicate incomplete readings, either for the month or the current year, such totals are not included in the monthly/yearly averages that are listed. M equals missing info.
Year Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Totals
1982    M     M (.57)   .74 1.24   .38 3.34 4.34 3.11   .24   .40 1.24 16.71
1983    .12    .42 2.71   .52 2.00 2.38 2.01 2.74   .86   .20 1.00 1.71 16.13
1984    .20    .47   .74   .87   .39   .45 1.60 2.64   .65 3.10   .17   .73 12.01
1985    .99    .40   .66 1.75   .56   .20 2.35   .93 2.44   .85   .73   .46 12.32
1986    .24    .46   .33 1.97   .72   .99 3.65 2.11 1.11 2.23 1.72   .98 16.57
1987    .80    .75 1.12   .55 1.44 1.13   .99 4.64   .14   .78   .93   .70 13.99
1988 1.65    .20   .31 1.02   .86 3.20 2.62 2.47   .85   .25   .70   .26 14.39
1989 1.11    .90   .34   .00   .93   .19 3.12 1.07   .75   .75   .00   .15   9.31
1990   .46    .33 2.89 3.41 1.14   .33 2.27 1.60 3.52 1.40 1.22   .59 19.16
1991   .15    .27 1.06   .71 1.17 1.12 2.57 2.04   .80   .78 1.77   .91 13.35
1992   .45    .29 2.35   .23 2.12 1.98 2.30 3.66 1.03   .50 1.36   .50 16.77
1993 1.16    .92   .41   .89 2.18   .13   .57 3.70 1.21 1.63   .48   .37 13.65
1994   .66    .04   .86 1.94 1.65   .18 1.32 1.42 1.32 2.12 1.30   .62 13.43
1995   .10   .05 2.47 1.42 2.04 1.42 1.33 1.87 1.13   .04   .04   .20 12.11
1996   .98   .28   .43   .66   .08 1.68 1.88 1.80 1.21 1.04   .91   .25 11.20
1997   .97 1.10   .02   .98 1.01 1.48 2.83 2.42 2.84 1.08 2.13   .38 17.24
1998   .17   .33   .88 1.58   .04   .07 5.74 1.43   .91 2.58   .89   .15 14.78
1999   .37   .02   .41 1.39 1.28 1.37 4.17 2.53 1.14   .17   .01   .27 13.13
2000   .64   .19   .64   .09   .52   .66 1.77 1.34   .55 1.25   .37   .07   8.09
2001   .99   .92   .92 2.47   .67 1.81   .86 2.14 2.58   .34    .26   .50 14.46
2002   .36   .09   .20   .06   .07   .54   .96   .45 1.63   .52   .03   .03   4.94
2003   .20   .94 2.17   .86   .68 1.12 2.82 2.22 1.36   .33   .24   .12 13.06
2004   .26 1.00   .04 2.20   .00    .62 1.52   .72 1.08 1.12   .62   .14   9.32
2005 1.73   .73   .61 2.55   .97    .31 1.20 1.09 1.05    .93   .21    .31 11.69
2006   .64   .17   .87   .44   .27    .17 4.24 2.88 2.46 3.38   .41    .45 16.38
2007   .65   .30 1.18 2.04 1.65    .88 4.52 1.62 2.07   .18   .35  1.79 17.23
2008   .57   .72   .47   .35   .50    .74 1.01 2.65   .46    .26   .74  1.44   9.93
2009   .22   .20   .77 3.03 2.07   2.46   .70   .60   .66  1.47    .09    .31 12.58
2010   .51   .97 1.44 1.73   .23     .31   .87 1.87    .83    .54    .20    .45    9.95
2011   .07   .86    .43   .59   .23     .34 1.17 1.09 1.39 2.45    .33     .61    9.56
2012   .14   .41    .03 1.12 1.11      .21 2.38 1.35 1.51   .59     .26   1.17  10.28
2013   .19   .53    .83   .73 1.27      .21 1.69 2.04 3.71   .76    3.07      .32  15.35
2014   .25   .39    .33 1.62 1.48      .09 3.52 2.58 1.22   .77      .62    1.49  14.36
2015   .77 1.15    .53 0.68 5.05    1.63 2.29 1.62 0.54 1.49      .46    1.00  17.21
2016   .27   .75     .46 2.59 1.28      .40    .74 3.59 1.07    .12      .89    1.24  13.40
Averages  .56  .52    .88 1.25  1.11    0.90 2.20 2.11 1.41 1.04      .72      .61  13.31
Jan Feb March April May June July Aug Sept Oct Nov Dec Totals


  - Record Snowfall Data -

 

HIGHEST SNOWFALL FOR MONTHS

 March 1982 till December 2016, recorded in inches
 (Note: Snowfall data is missing for several dates before the 2002-03 snow season, with the month of September missing all snowfall data before 1999).
 
 
September
5.7  in 2006
0.7  in 2016
0.5  in 2002

October
17.5  in 1984
14.4  in 2006
13.0  in 1991
November
33.5  in 1997
33.0  in 2013

23.0  in 1992
December
25.0 in 2014

21.6 in 1983

21.4 in 2008
January
23.4  in 2005
22.5  in 1988
22.2  in 1997


February

24.4  in 2003

22.4 in  2015
20.8  in 2004


March

40.4  in 1983
33.9  in 2003
30.8  in 1995

April

47.3  in 2009
27.0  in 2007
23.0  in 1986

May

18.4  in 2015
15.0  in 2001
10.0  in 1990

June
1.0  in 1983
0.3  in 1999
Trace in 1995

 

HIGHEST SEASONAL SNOWFALL

Snow seasons 1982-83 till 2015-16, recorded in inches.

 

1.    99.0  2008-09
2.    93.7  1997-98
3.    90.9  2006-07
4.    89.5  2014-15

5.    85.3  1986-87
6.    84.9  1992-93
7.    82.8  1991-92
8.    82.2  1982-83
9.    80.7  2013-14
10.   76.9  1994-95

LOWEST SEASONAL SNOWFALL

Snow seasons 1982-83 till 2015-16, recorded in inches.

 

1.    22.5    1999-00
2.    24.3    2001-02
3.    33.7    2010-11
4.    37.5    2005-06

5.    42.7    1995-96
6.    43.1    2003-04
7.    43.8    1998-99
8.    45.8    2011-12
9.    52.4    2012-13
10.  54.2    2007-08

 

 

Crestone Monthly Snowfall Data  

 

Snow seasons runs from July 1 to June 30. Amounts are recorded in inches. T equals a trace. Most snow for each month in bold. Totals in parenthesis and smaller text indicate incomplete readings either for the month or entire year - such totals are not included in the monthly/yearly averages that are listed. However, snowfall data is missing for several dates before the 2002-03 snow season, with the month of September missing all snowfall data before 1999, other than for some trace reports, yet these missing dates are still official in the records, therefore no parenthesis are used for those totals. The date noted in the records for the latest measurable snow is June 13, 1983. The date for the earliest snow is unofficially September 3, 1961, when an estimated 4" fell. The entire state received snow on that day with 2 to 8" being recorded in and around the valley at official weather stations, however, Crestone did not have an official station back then.
YEAR JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE Totals
1981 - 82 X X X X X X X X (1.4)   1.5 5.0 0.0 (7.9)
1982 - 83 0.0 0.0 T T   0.2 12.0 1.3   7.1 40.4 12.2 8.0 1.0 82.2
1983 - 84 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0   9.0 21.6 14.8 10.0 11.0   8.0 T 0.0 74.4
1984 - 85 0.0 0.0 T 17.5   4.6    9.9 15.0   9.1   8.0   4.0 T 0.0 68.1
1985 - 86 0.0 0.0 T T 11.5    8.5   5.0 12.5   4.4 23.0 3.0 0.0 67.9
1986 - 87 0.0 0.0 T 6.0 18.5   11.0 16.5 11.5 16.0   5.8 T 0.0 85.3
1987 - 88 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   7.0   11.8 22.5   2.8   7.2   2.8 0.5 0.0 54.6
1988 - 89 0.0 0.0 0.0 T 11.0     8.0 16.5 14.0   5.5 T T 0.0 55.0
1989 - 90 0.0 0.0 T T   0.0      3.0   8.5   5.0 29.6 20.5 10.0 0.0 76.6
1990 - 91 0.0 0.0 T   3.0 14.5   10.2   2.6   5.0 18.5 11.5   0.0 0.0 65.3
1991 - 92 0.0 0.0 0.0 13.0 13.5   13.6   8.0   6.5 28.2 T T 0.0 82.8
1992 - 93 0.0 0.0 0.0 T 23.0     9.7 16.7   9.8 10.7 12.0   3.0 0.0 84.9
1993 - 94 0.0 0.0 0.0 10.5   3.0     4.6 10.8   1.0   5.5 22.0 T 0.0 57.4
1994 - 95 0.0 0.0 T   4.5   6.3     4.0   3.3   0.5   30.8 19.0   8.5 T 76.9
1995 - 96 0.0 0.0 0.0   0.5   0.2     4.3 15.2   6.0    9.6   6.9 T 0.0 42.7
1996 - 97 0.0 0.0 T   9.8   9.6     4.5 22.2 16.6    0.2   8.5 T 0.0 71.4
1997 - 98 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.0 33.5     6.2   4.9   6.0   12.4 19.7 T 0.0 93.7
1998 - 99 0.0 0.0 0.0   1.2   7.7    4.2   8.4   2.0    5.5   8.0   6.5 0.3 43.8
1999 - 00 0.0 0.0 0.1 T   0.2    5.8   4.7   3.0    6.7   2.0 T 0.0 22.5
2000 - 01 0.0 0.0 T   0.0   4.0    0.8 17.4 10.2  15.7   3.0 15.0 0.0 66.1
2001 - 02 0.0 0.0 0.0   0.0   5.7    8.7   6.9   2.0    1.0 T   0.0 0.0 24.3
2002 - 03 0.0 0.0 0.5   2.0   0.5    2.0   2.0 24.4   33.9   6.1 T 0.0 71.4
2003 - 04 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   1.7     6.1   6.8 20.8     0.9   6.8 T 0.0 43.1
2004 - 05 0.0 0.0 T   0.2   9.9     2.6 23.4   8.2     6.5 16.5   0.5 0.0 67.6
2005 - 06 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   0.9     5.0 12.7   4.3   14.5   2.1   0.0 0.0 37.5
2006 - 07 0.0 0.0 5.7 14.4   7.6     9.1 13.0   5.1     8.0 27.0   0.9 0.0 90.9
2007 - 08 0.0 0.0 0.0   0.5   4.3   16.8   9.3 11.4     7.8    3.8   0.3 0.0 54.2
2008 - 09 0.0 0.0 0.0   0.1   9.8   21.4   4.2   2.2   14.0  47.3 T 0.0  99.0
2009 - 10 0.0 0.0 T 12.2   1.8     5.1   6.4 15.3   18.9   7.1   0.4 0.0 67.2
2010 - 11 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   4.7     5.7   1.6 14.6     5.2  1.4   0.5 0.0 33.7
2011 - 12 0.0 0.0 0.0 11.1   4.3   10.4    2.2    8.5     0.5    8.1   0.7 0.0 45.8
2012 - 13 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   1.4    19.7     0.6    9.0     9.2    9.1   3.4 0.0 52.4
2013 - 14 0.0 0.0 T   5.6 33.0      4.4     4.1    7.4      3.   18.9   3.7 0.0 80.7
2014 - 15 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   6.4    25.0   10.3   22.4      0.4      6.6 18.4 0.0 89.5
2015 - 16 0.0 0.0 0.0 T   7.3    14.7     4.8     9.7      7.6     21.9    1.9 0.0 67.9
2016 - 17 0.0 0.0 0.7    0.0   3.9    14.2             (18.8)
Averages 0.0 0.0 0.2    3.5   8.0      9.3    9.5    8.9    11.7    10.7   2.6 < 0.1 64.4
JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE Totals

 

Temperature Chart
(April 1982 till December 2016)
 

 

Temperatures are recorded in degree Fahrenheit (F). M = Missing data

*Note: All time high temp reading noted below, 98, was taken at Hal's old station in 2005, before this station was Crestone's official station. Reading was 97 at this station on that day.

 

YEAR JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC Totals
Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo
1982 x x x x M M 68 13 77 22 89 36 90 46 84 48 82 36 71 12 57 11 50 -13 90 -13
1983 44   -4 50     0 57 11 68   6 78 25 87 30 89 46 87 46 85 34 69 25 65   1 42   -9 89   -9
1984 38 -16 44   -3 55 -1 71 12 83 24 89 33 89 48 84 45 82 28 65 17 60   2 51    3 89 -16
1985 47   -8 49 -26 61 10 71 20 78 25 88 37 91 45 89 43 86 27 71 24 60   5 46   -8 91 -26
1986 59    7 63   -2 70 12 72 17 76 21 87 39 86 42 89 44 79 30 67 21 55 12 47   -5 89   -5
1987 46   -7 46    0 55   0 72 12 74 30 85 39 92 41 89 38 80 32 75 24 59    3 50   -9 92   -9
1988 42 -15 50   -1 65   1 72 15 80 22 88 30 89 43 85 42 82 25 75 27 62    5 51   -8 89 -15
1989 45 -12 58 -20 68   4 79 17 85 25 89 36 96 48 86 40 84 32 75 10 65   4 55   -7 96 -20
1990 49   -5 55   -9 56 10 72 23 74 25 95 24 92 42 88 42 86 37 72 20 60    9 52 -18 95 -18
1991 42 -10 55    4 59 10 74 13 78 22 86 35 88 43 84 42 83 31 77 10 56    1 38   -5 88 -10
1992 42   -8 45   -5 54 12 80 22 79 30 86 34 90 41 85 35 81 34 75 24 50    0 45   -5 90   -8
1993 44   -7 46   -1 64    5 72 18 81 25 89 31 91 43 88 43 79 31 76   2 53    1 51   -3 91   -7
1994 51   -6 55 -12 66    7 72 13 79 28 93 41 89 44 89 45 80 33 69 20 65   -1 46    1 93 -12
1995 52    3 61   18 67 10 67 13 77 28 85 33 92 36 89 44 87 26 76 12 64    8 58   -3 92   -3
1996 52   -7 59   -5 63    8 72 14 83 34 87 38 91 48 91 44 84 23 79   8 65    7 51 -15 91 -15
1997 50   -8 51   -1 70    7 68   6 83 20 86 36 91 42 85 42 85 36 77   9 61     2 40   -7 91   -8
1998 46   -2 47   -1 69   -3 71 11 82 28 95 32 91 45 88 41 85 35 75 20 59     8 58   -4 95   -4
1999 53     5 57     2 65   16 70 10 77 20 87 30 89 44 85 43 80 18 75 13 68     9 56   -4 89   -4
2000 58   -3 58     8 65   10 80 16 90 34 90 40 91 44 91 44 86 25 79 23 50     1 53   -2 91   -3
2001 51   -5 51   -1 61     8 75 22 81 26 88 29 93 44 87 38 82 28 76 20 65   -1 52   -1 93   -5
2002 53   -4 52   -7 69 -10 74 20 96 25 92 38 95 44 92 39 86 31 73 15 57     7 49   -1 96 -10
2003 53     5 55   -5 61     6 74 10 90 21 90 32 96 44 91 42 81 27 71 13 58   -3 51   -8 96   -8
2004 44    -7 48 -20 70   11 71 19 83 21 91 34 96 39 89 34 81 26 65 16 62 -10 48 -11 96 -20
2005 49    -5 49    2 62     3 72 12 89 23 93 27 98 43 90 38 83 26 75 17 62   -3 50 -18 98 -18
2006 50    -9 63   -9 62   -1 78 15 85 19 93 32 93 42 85 38 78 21 72   9 64 -11 50   -6 93 -11
2007 45 -16 47 -12 67   -2 74   7 80 20 89 25 92 42 90 41 80 23 72   7 60   -2 48 -15 92 -16
2008 42 -20 46 -10 64     1 73 10 82 15 87 29 89 40 91 39 78 33 76 10 64     3 47   -9 91 -20
2009 44    -1 54    3 67     7 72   8 80 32 84 33 90 42 89 36 83 22 70   3 63     3 44   -6 90   -6
2010 43    -4 40   -4 68     0 68 14 81 17 89 34 92 40 85 42 84 32 80 10 62    -9 56   -9 92   -9
2011 51  -13 50 -22 66     9 72 12 79 13 89 38 93 43 89 45 86 34 75 20 58     9 42 -10 93  -22
2012 45    -3 50     1 71     1 76 21 82 28 94 37 91 46 88 41 85 32 74 15 61     3 54 -12 94  -12
2013 44 -16 45    2 64     2 74 12 77 17 94 34 90 43 87 40 87 26 73 20 56    -4 37   -9 94  -16
2014 39   -5 55    -2 60   11 68 15 79 20 87 32 90 45 84 39 84 34 71 24 60     7 49    -8 90    -8
2015 45  -4 55     6 68     6 72 19 75 26 90 38 88 43 89 41 81 37 77 24 61   11 52    -3 90    -4
2016 46   -9 56 -10 64     3 68 12 74 24 92 39 90 44 86 39 80 26 75 21 65     5 55    -5 92  -10
Records 59 -20 63 -26 71 -10 80   6 96 13 95 24 98 36 92 34 87 18 80   2 68 -11 58 -18 98 -26
Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo Hi Lo
JAN FEB MAR APRIL MAY JUNE JULY AUG SEPT OCT NOV DEC Totals

 

- Crestone Temperature Records -

March 1982  till December 2016

 

Temperatures are recorded in degree Fahrenheit (F)

Highest Temperature Lowest Temperature*
                          

1 98 July 20, 2005 1 -26 February 1, 1985
2 96 July 17, 2005 2 -22 February 2, 2011
2 96 May 31, 2002 3 -21 February 3, 2011
2 96 July 6, 1989 4 -20 January 17, 2008
5 95 June 29, 1998 4 -20 February 7, 1989
5 95 June 30, 1990 4 -20 February 2, 1985
5 95 July 23, 2005 7 -18 December 8, 2005
5 95 July 22, 2005 7 -18 December 23, 1990
5 95 July 21, 2005 9 -16 January 15, 2013
5 95 July 19, 2005 9 -16 January 13, 2013
5 95 July 14, 2005 9 -16 February 9, 2011
5 95 July 11, 2005 9 -16  January 18, 2008
      9 -16  January 16, 2007
      9 -16  January 19, 1984

 

Latest last freeze date recorded during the growing season: 31 on June 30, 2006*
Earliest first freeze date recorded during the growing season: 30
on September 4, 2004*(**)
Average last freeze is around June 1, and average first freeze is around September 15.
See first and last freeze date page for more info.

 

Notes:

*All high and low temperature records up until Sept 2006, were recorded at Hal's old Crestone weather station, located 1 mile northeast of present station, all records afterwards come from this station.

**On August 9, 2009, freezing temps and frost was reported nearby in the Grants and in most of the valley.

 

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The only tornado ever to hit Crestone occurred on April 24, 2005 (see photo of its funnel about to hit the ground).

 

 

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COLD NUMB-U-RRRRS
Here are some all time cold temperatures (in degrees Fahrenheit) for selected Colorado towns.

Colorado:  -61 on February 1, 1985, recorded in Maybell
Alamosa:   -50 on January 28, 1948
Gunnison:  -47 on December 25, 1924
Telluride:    -33 on February 1, 1985 (offical reading; at my home station that day it was -32)
Colo. Sps: -32 on January 20, 1883
Pueblo:      -31 on February 1, 1951
Denver:      -30 on February 8, 1936
Crestone:  -26 on February 1, 1985 (record keeping not started till March,1982)
USA:          -80 on January 23, 1971, recorded in Prospect Creek, Alaska,


Note: For world records, go here.

 

HOT FUN IN THE SUMMER TIME

Here are some all time warm temperatures (in degrees Fahrenheit) for selected Colorado towns.

Colorado:   118 on July 11, 1888, recorded in Bennett
Pueblo:       109 on July 13, 2003
Denver:       105 on July 20, 2005 - also on August 8, 1878
Gr.Junction:105 on June 27, 1990 - also on July 10, 1976; July 13 1971 & July 15, 1925
Boulder:      104 on July 11, 1954 - also on June 23, 1954
Colo. Sps:   101 on June 21, 2016 - also on June 26, 2012
Gunnison:      98 on August 25, 1931
Crestone:      98 on July 20, 2005 (record keeping not started till March,1982)
Alamosa:      96 on July 5, 1989
Telluride:       93 on July 5, 1989  

 

Note: For world records, go here.


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