A few, however, were stronger, including an EF3 in Boulder County in 2015, and 13 EF2 tornadoes over the years. In addition to that, 18 of May’s first 26 days featured more cloud cover than sunshine. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. One thing that stood out to me in putting this piece together was just how incredible a year 2019 has been! Some of you may remember these touched down during one of our Weather5280 meetups and we live-streamed Matt's coverage into the room, all feeling a hint of jealously. California, Utah, and New Mexico each had top-ten-driest summers, while Kentucky, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Tennessee had top-ten-wettest summers. In all, an estimated 13,000 homes and 38,000 people were evacuated. CLICK HERE TO TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS. Hundreds of residents stranded by rising waters and farmland across Northeast Colorado saw devastating damage. While most tornadoes across the state are not of the "violent" variety typically found across Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas –– the state has seen its share of strong tornadoes over the years, and plenty of picturesque ones as well. For the first time since the U.S. Drought Monitor began tracking such numbers (2000), Colorado managed to become 99.99% free of any Drought Monitor classification (includes D0 Abnormally Dry). I can't find evidence of a lower pressure (by either method) in Colorado in the past records (though we'll keep perusing the data) #cowx pic.twitter.com/XovFAH9GsQ. Colorado State University plans to cancel its classes and close its offices Monday because of heavy snowstorms that have hit the area. Oh, and of course plenty of beautiful, sunny Colorado days. Summer 2019, including August, was not phenomenally wet for the contiguous U.S., coming in as the 32nd wettest summer on record. Amazingly, the eight wettest of these 12-month spans—and nine of the ten wettest—have occurred in the last five years. State climatologist Russ Schumacher confirmed as well that the readings seen from the March "bomb cyclone" were indeed lower than any previously recorded: Pressure continues to plummet in southeast CO as the cyclone intensifies...La Junta now down to altimeter setting of 28.81", SLP of 971.7 mb. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Colorado Weather. Both Nebraska and Kansas had their wettest August on record, and South Dakota and Missouri placed in the top ten. The last decade was marked by many warm years, catastrophic floods and fires, and plenty of variability in snow and ice from year to year. The most lightning I’ve seen in a long while. Anyway, we look forward to your memories, and here's to another wild 10! It won't come as a surprise that the last decade was not a great one for snow lovers along the urban corridor. Snowpack over the decade The forecast features, you guessed it, more wet weather. According to El Paso County records, 48 homes were lost in the fire, which also claimed two lives. See Chris Burt’s writeup on Alaska’s amazing warmth in June and July. The cause of the fire was ultimately determined to be human-caused, though the the final report concluded that it was likely not arson. As we first reported here on Weather5280, and confirmed by the state climatologist, Colorado set a new record high in July of this year with a 115-degree reading taken at John Martin Dam near Las Animas, CO on July 19th. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM. 201935.95”  May 2015–Apr. climateSpy.com for more Colorado climate information. The state's new largest hailstone on record was found in Bethune, Colorado in August. Temperatures will reach a high of 17 with wind chill values as low as minus-4, according to the National Weather Service. It also destroyed 259 homes, which at the time was the most destructive fire in state history. Of note, no Septembers in the last decade ended with below-average temperatures, coinciding with a lack of September snowfall that we mentioned above. For the year to date (January-August), the precipitation total of 24.59” handily tops the previous record of 24.23” set just two years ago, in 2017.

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