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Looking At The Heat From This Summer

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Actual Number of 90 degree or warmer days we've seen so far Actual Number of 90 degree or warmer days we've seen so far

Now even though we saw lots of rain and cloudy days over the summer, we were still able to crank the heat across southern Colorado! We went back through our data from the official highs in Colorado Springs and Pueblo to see how many days we got to 90 degrees or higher. We then compared that data to the average number of 90 degree or higher days for both cities, and here's what we found.

Colorado Springs averages 13 days where the temperature is 90 degrees or higher. This year, even with a very wet and active monsoon season, we had 26 days of 90 degrees or higher. That is double the average! There are probably a few reasons that this happened. One of the reasons could be the drought we were coming off of from the Winter and early Spring. That dried out the ground and allowed us to heat up quicker and more often. Another big reason is the official temperature we use is from the National Weather Service station at the airport, which will often be warmer than say the west and north sides of the city. One interesting thing to note is Colorado Springs never saw a 100 degree day, in fact our warmest summer temperature was 95 degrees!

Pueblo was a little closer to normal compared to Colorado Springs. Pueblo on average sees 57 days where the temperature is 90 degrees or higher. This summer Pueblo saw 64 days of 90 degrees or higher, which is seven days more than average. So even with the Winter and early Springs drought, Pueblo still stayed relatively close to average through the summer. The hottest temperature in Pueblo was a scorching 103 degrees seen on July 19th!

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