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MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR CRESTONE, CO

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2014

 

MONTH MEAN
TEMP
HIGH TEMP DATE LOW TEMP DATE HEATING DEGREE DAYS COOLING DEGREE DAYS TOTAL PRECIP WIND SPEED AVG WIND GUST HIGH DATE DOM
WIND DIR
Jan 17.5 39.1 1/30 -5.4 1/24 1471    0 0.25 1.0 30 1/4 E
Feb 28.6 55.1 2/15 -1.6 2/5 1018    0 0.39 2.0 25 2/25 E
Mar 35.8 60.0 3/10 11.1 3/12    904    0 0.33 3.0 39 3/30 E
April 40.9 67.7 4/25 15.1 4/14    720    0 1.62 4.0 39 4/26 E
May 50.5 78.6 5/28 20.1 5/14    451    0 1.48 4.0 40 5/21 E
June 61.5 86.8 6/29 32.0 6/9    112    8  0.09 5.0 45 6/14x E
July 65.7 90.0 7/23 45.5 7/20      35   58  3.52 3.0 41 7/7 E
Aug 61.8 83.5 8/17 38.7 8/29    101     4   2.58 3.0 45 8/26 SE
Sept 59.6 83.8 9/3 34.5 9/30    163     1   1.22 3.5 41 9/29 E
Oct 47.9 71.4 10/24 24.2 10/28    538     0   0.77 3.5 39 10/1 E
Nov 33.1 59.5 11/9    7.4 11/24    957     0   0.62 3.0 40 11/10 E
Dec 23.4 48.7 12/3   -7.7 12/28   1287     0   1.49 2.0 23 12/14 S
                         
TOTALS 43.9 90.0 7/23 -7.7 12/28 7757 71 14.36 3.1 45 8/26x E

Temperatures recorded in degrees Fahrenheit. Wind Speed recorded in MPH. Precipitation recorded in inches. Heating/Cooling degree base: 65.0. x - also reached on June 14 and on June 8

 

Crestone Weather Notes For 2014
 

On January 5, the first new weather record of the year was set at the Baca/Crestone weather station with a record low high temperature reading of 15, breaking the old record low high for the date of 16. Then for the second day in a row, another record low high temperature was set on January 6 with a reading of 17, breaking the old record low high for that date of 18.

 

Two weather records were broken on January 24. First, the morning low temperature of -5.2, broke the old record low for the date of -4 set in 1991. Then in the afternoon, the high was only 20, breaking the old record low high for the date of 22.  

 

A new daily record for precipitation, of 0.16", was set at the station on January 31. That broke the old record of 0.13", which was record in 2007.

 

With only .25" of precip for the entire month of January, Crestone/Baca, for the seventh year in a row, started the new year off with below average precipitation.

 

February 1 saw 2 daily records broken at the Crestone/Baca station. For the second day in a row a new daily record for precipitation was set with 0.10", barely breaking the record for the date of 0.09", reached in 1993. A new daily record snowfall of 2.1" was also reached. That broke the old record of 1.0", set in 2011.

On February 4, another 2 daily records were broken. First, a new daily record for precipitation was set with 0.11", breaking the record for the date of 0.10", reached in 2005. Plus a new daily record snowfall of 2.9" was also reached. That broke the old record of 1.8", set in 2005.

 

On February 9, and for the first time in 2014, the temperature went into the 40s.This was the first time temperatures went above the 40 degree mark since November 21, 2013.

 

A record high temperature was tied on February 15 when the high went up to 55, this record was first set in 1996. The low temp for the day of 32 also tied a record for the highest low for the date.

 

The first trace of rain for the year falls early, on March 1.

The first thunderstorm of 2014 occurred on March 7, but no rain fell, as the several claps of thunder heard took place as snow was falling.

 

March, with only 3.6 inches of snow, turned out to have the forth lowest snowfall totals ever for the month. It was also a very dry month, with 3 days recording humidity readings below 10%.

 

Heavy snow fell on April 5, with the following rates per hour recorded: 1.3 inches at 625pm, 2.2 inches more at 725pm, 1,2 inches more at 825pm, and .3 of an inch more at 925pm.

 

On April 12 the low temperature (35) never went below freezing. This marked the first time Crestone did not drop below freezing in a 24 hour period since October 29, 2013.

 

On April 13,  2 new records were set. First, a record snowfall was reached with 6.2 inches accumulating on the ground, breaking the old record for the date of 4.0 inches, set in 1983. Also broken was the total liquid precip recorded, which came to .52 inches, smashing the old record of .23 inches, also set in 1983. With this storm, 2.2 inches fell in 50 minutes from 425pm to 515pm, along with thundersnow. Then another 2 inches fell in the hour before midnight. On another snow note for this day, something unusual, yet something we've seen several times before in the springtime in greater Crestone, that being snow pellets falling with the temp at 51 degrees, this took place around noon. Finally, we also saw blowing dust around 1pm, before a cold front hit town.

 

The first hail of the year, along with the first measurable rain of 2014, occurred on the same day, April 20, although only 0.01 of an inch of rain fell.

Record snowfall  took place on April 27, with 2.7 inches accumulating on the ground, breaking the old record for the date of 2.6 inches, set in 2012. 

 

Snow pellets fell with the temperature at 50  on May 7.

On May 12, a record low high temperature was broken when the high only reach 46, breaking the old mark of 48. Then the next morning (May 13), a record low temperature was reach when the temp fell to 22, breaking the old record of 27, set back in 2008 and also in other earlier years.

 

Weather records set on May 13: A record low high temp of only 39, breaking the old mark of 46, for the day, set in 1982.... Plus a record amount of snowfall for the date, as 1.2 inches accumulate on the ground, the old record was 1 inch, also set in 1982... For May 14, a new record low temp was set at 20, the old record was 23, set in 2008.

 

On May 24, the Crestone/Baca weather station set a new record for precipitation for the date, when 0.68 of an inch of rain and hail fell in the afternoon. The old record was .40 of an inch, set in 2009.

 

May saw 6 days with humidity values below 10%, including a 5% reading on May 5. 

 

2 record high low temperatures were set in June; first on June 3, when the record of 52 was tied. It was first set in 1994. Then on June 22 the record was broken when the temp only fell to 54, eclipsing the old mark of 52 set in 2012.

 

June saw 12 days with the relative humidity below 10%, including a low of 4% on 2 days - June 4 and 5.

 

This June was the second driest June on record, with only .09" of precip falling. The driest June ever was .07" of precip in 1998.

 

A record low high temperature was reached on July 16 at 70. The old record of 74 was reached in 2013.
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On July 18, a record amount of precipation fell for the date with .33" recorded. The old record was .22"  reached in 1984.

On July 19, the Crestone/Baca weather station tied a record low high temperature for the date at 73. The old record was first reached in 1999.

0.48" of rain and hail fell during a 45 minute period starting around 3pm on July 27

A record low high of 71 was set on July 31, the old mark was 72, set in 2009.

 

July, with 3.53" of precip,  turned out to be the sixth wettest July on record.

 

The warmest temperature of the year was reached on July 23 when it hit 90. This marked 15 years in a row with at least one day of 90 degrees or higher for Crestone/Baca, and also for 22 out of the last 23 years. Before that time, Crestone would see temperatures below 90 degrees for an entire summer every other year on average.

 

2 weather records were broken on August 1, first a record low high temperature for the date was set at 70. The old record low high was 75, set in 1999. Then a record amount of rain also fell, as 0.84" was recorded for the day, with .80" falling in less than an hour's time. The old record for the day was 0.42", set in 1998.

On Aug 3, 0.41" of rain and hail fell in one hour's time .

On Aug 22, the record for the lowest high temperature for the date was smashed when the high only reached 59. The old record was 69, set in 1996.

 

The 9% humidity value on Aug 17 was the first time since June 28 that Crestone/Baca saw a humidity reading below 10% and the only time this would occur in the month of August. This July was the first July in several years not to see such a reading.

 

Not a whole lot to report for September except that temperatures were very much above normal, and on September 17 the first and only dry thunderstorm of the year occurred.

 

The first freezing date for the new season (2014-15) was reached on Oct 1, making it the ninth latest start to the season where we have seen this happen, and only the ninth time in 33 years that the first freeze has taken place in the month of October, instead of it happening in September. The normal first freeze date is around September 15.

 

On October 9, a record amount of precipitation was recorded (0.46") for the date, thanks from moisture leftover from former Hurricane Simon. The old record was 0.37", set in 2006.

Hail fell for about 10 minutes on October 12 in the afternoon just before 1PM, with half an inch covering the ground by the time it ended.

The Crestone/Baca weather station tied a record high temperature at 69 for October 25, which was first reached in 1999.

A new record high low temperature was set for the date on October 26, at 41, smashing the old record of 37,  reached way back in 1985.

  

October turned out to be the 5th warmest October ever and the warmest in 11 years.

 

It wasn't much, but a record snowfall of 0.8" was recorded on November 16. 0ld mark was 0.5" in 2010.

A  record high temperature was tied for November 29 at 56. This reading was first reached back in 1999.

 

On December 14, a new record for liquid precipitation was set for the date with .39 inches recorded. The old record was 0.25 inches reached in 2012. Also, a record snowfall for the date was tied with 4.3 inches falling. This record was first reached in 2012.

Although most years in Crestone see a white Christmas, it's usually because of snow that is already on the ground from previous storms. It rarely snows on Christmas Day here, and when it does, the snow is light. For Xmas 2014, it not only snowed, but a record snowfall of  6.6 inches was recorded, breaking the old record of 1.4 inches, set in 2008. Also broken was the daily precipitation for the date, as .26 inches was collected in the rain gauge, breaking the old mark of .09 inches, also reached in 2008.

On December 26, the Crestone/Baca weather station broke another 2 records for snowfall and precipitation for the date. The 5.3 inches of snow that fell broke the old record amount of 2.0 inches, set in 1987. Also broken was the total precip amount for the date which was also was set in 1987, that being .10 inches, the new mark set is .18 inches.

 

A new record high for snowfall in the month of December was set with 25.0 inches falling, breaking the old record of 21.6 inches, set back in 1983.


 

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