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MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR CRESTONE, CO
(For Daily Climatological Stats, go here)
* also -16.0° on Jan 15.
Temperatures recorded in degrees Fahrenheit. Wind Speed recorded in MPH. Precipitation recorded in inches. Heating/Cooling degree base: 65.0°
Weather Notes For 2013
January and the new year started off very
cold with many weather records broken, here are a few: On
January 2, a record low high temperature was set in
Crestone/Baca with a reading of 12º. This broke the old record
of 13º. January 3 also saw a record low high temperature set,
with a reading of 9º. The old record was 15º. Another record low
high temperature was reached on January 4 at 10º. This broke the
old record of 18º, plus a new record low was also set on
January 4 at -13º. The previous record was -9º, set in 1993.
Still more... on January 5, again, a record low high
temperature set at 17º. This breaks the old record of 21º, and
then for the fifth day in a row, on January 6, one more record
low high, of 18º was reached, old mark was 19º. Finally and again
on the sixth, another record low was set at -7º. The old
mark was -6º in 2007. Overall, from January 2 till the 7th, for
94% of the time, the thermometer in Crestone stayed at or below
On February 25, a record low temperature was tied at 4°. This record was first reached in 2007.
6.4" of snow was recorded on March 9, along with .57" of
precipitation, both records for the date. The old snowfall
record was 5.0", and the old precipitation mark was .30", with
both records set in 1992.
The low temperature for March 24 was 1.7º, breaking the previous record low of 7º degrees, which was set in 2006. Also, a record low high temperature was set on this day at 31.2º. The old record was 38º.
March 31 saw the first day of the year where the humidity dropped below 10%, with a reading of 8% reached in the late afternoon.
Snow grains started to fall at 415pm on April 3 with the temperature at 50º.
April 5 was both the first day this year where the temperature did not fall below freezing, and also the first day since November 9, 2012, that no freezing temps were observed.
On April 16 the humidity dropped to 7%, and a dust/sandstorm hit the area for most of the day, with the visibility down to less than half a mile at times. Also officially on this day, our weather station recorded the highest wind gust ever for the Crestone/Baca area, when a gust of 54 mph was recorded at 12:46pm. However, our area has seem stronger winds before - just unofficially, because of a lack of (and missing) data in the past.
Record low temperature of 13º on April 18, old record was 15º
set in 2008, plus on the same day a record low high at 31º, old
mark was 43º. The following morning on April 14 another record
low of 12º, breaking the old record of 14º, set in 2006.
The humidity in April fell below 10% on 3 days.
The first sleet of the year (officially called "ice pellets" these days) fell on May 7.
On Thursday, May 9, three new weather records were set. First, the 3" of snow that fell was a record amount for the date, the old record was a trace, set in 3 different years. Up to 6" of snow was reported at other locations around town. Second, the .62" of precipitation was also a record for the date, the old record was .32", set in 1994. Finally, the high temperature of 44º was a record low high, the old record was 48º.
Snow grains fell on May 29 with the temperature at 52º.
The humidity in May fell below 10% on 8 days, with a reading of 5% being the lowest value, set on two days:May 26 and May 31.
The 3.4 inches of snow that fell in May marked the first time in 12 years that more than one inch of snow fell in the entire month, even though the average snowfall for May is 2.1 inches. Up until May 2001, when 15 inches fell in the month, it was common to see heavier snow falls in May.
On June 10, the Crestone/Baca weather station recorded a high temperature of 89º, setting a new record high for the date. The old record was 87º, set in 2002. Also, the low temp for Monday was 51º, which was a new record high low, the old record high low was 50º. Then for the next day, June 11, another new record high low temperature was reached for rhe date at 52º, the old record was 49º.
The first hail of 2013 hits on June 18, this is the latest start to hail season in at least 10 years.
On June 27, a record high oft 94º broke the old record for the date of 91º, set in 1994, and ties for the second warmest temperature reading ever recorded in June.
20 days in June saw relative humidity values below 10%, with the lowest reading, on June 11, of only 2%, breaking the all time Crestone record (old record was 3%) and tying the Colorado and US records for lowest humidity ever recorded. There were several other locations in the San Luis valley, including Hooper, and also across our mountains in Westcliffe, where on this same day, this 2% reading was also reached.
Snow was reported falling in the Crestone campground north of town in the afternoon on July 2 at 8,300 feet.
A record high low temperature on July 9 was set at 57.5º, the
old record was 55º; then another record high low temperature was
tied on July 22 at 56º.
Record low high temperature of 69º on August 8, old record was
A record high low temperature was tied on September 1 when the
low only fell to 55º, tying the old record of 55º for the date.
Then a record high low temperature was tied on September 3 when
the low temp only dropped down to 55º.
On September 22, two new weather records were broken. First, the daily record for precipitation was shattered, when .91 inches was recorded. The old record was .40 inches, set in 2010. With this precip, the all time record for September precipitation was also broken and now stands at 3.71 inches. The old record was 3.52 inches, set in 1990..... 3 different thunderstorms hit Crestone/Baca on September 23, with the second storm bringing with it the largest hail seen in the greater Crestone area in over 11 years (at least). Officially, the largest hail to hit at the weather station was 5/8" (grape size), with the average size at 1/2" (marble size). One mile east of the station at 8700 feet, 7/8" size (or nickel size) was reported. With this storm, widespread damage was reported, including over by the retreat centers above Chalet 2, with some blown out windows on buildings, many down trees, and other damage which might have been caused by a funnel, tornado, or perhaps straight line winds. Some locals did report seeing a funnel in the sky when the storm hit.
On September 28, a new record low temperature was set at 26°. The old record was 27°, set in 1996.
For October 4, the high temperature only reached 49° (set at midnight before a cold front came in), breaking the old record low high of 50°. Then the next day, the low temperature was 20°, and this tied the previous record low for October 5, which was first set in 1998.
A new daily snowfall record was reached on October 15, when 1.1" of snow fell, breaking the old record of 0.6", which was set in 1994.
A record snowfall fell on Crestone/Baca on the evening of
November 24. Snowfall rates of between 3 and 4 inches were seen
for about 4 hours, and then dropped off to around 1 to 2 inches
around 1100 pm and continued into the next morning. The total
snowfall for the day was 20.4 inches, which broke the old record
for the date of 4.0 inches, set in 1991. This total was the
second highest one day snowfall total for any day in November
(the record is 28.5 inches, set on Nov 28, 1997). Also set was
the record for the date for precipitation, with 1.92 inches,
shattering the old mark of 0.12 inches, set in 1992. That also
is the most ever precip in one day for the month, the old record
was 1.62 inches, set on Nov 28, 1997. This total is also the
third highest one day total ever for Crestone/Baca.
Total precipitation for November was 3.07 inches, a new record high for the month, breaking the old record of 2.13 inches, set in 1997. The 33.0 inches of snow was the second highest total for snowfall in the month; the highest record still stands at 33.5 inches, set in 1997.
Record low cold continued in December with these new records set: On December 9, a new record low high temperature was reached with a reading of 12°, breaking the old record low high of 18°. Then the next morning, a new record low temperature for December 10 was set at -9°, breaking the old record of -5°, set in 1986. Finally, the high temp for this day was only 10°, shattering the old record low high of 19°. Then on December 30, one last new record low high temperature was set for 2013 with a reading of 16°, breaking the old record low high of 18°.
Crestone/Baca saw 15.35 inches of
precipitation in 2013, making this the first time in 6 years that
an above average total for precip was reached.
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