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MONTHLY CLIMATOLOGICAL SUMMARY FOR CRESTONE, CO
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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
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 15º, breaking the old record low high for the date of 16º. Then for the second day in a row, another record low high temperature was set on January 6 with a reading of 17º, breaking the old record low high for that date of 18º.
Two weather records were broken on January 24. First, the morning low temperature of -5.2º, broke the old record low for the date of -4º set in 1991. Then in the afternoon, the high was only 20º, breaking the old record low high for the date of 22º.
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 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 55º, this record was first set in 1996. The low temp for the day of 32º also tied a record for the highest low for the date.
The first trace of rain for the year
falls early, on March 1.
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.
Snow pellets fell with the temperature at 50º on
Weather records set on May 13: A record low high temp of only 39º, breaking the old mark of 46º, 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 20º, the old record was 23º, 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 52º was tied. It was first set in 1994. Then on June 22 the record was broken when the temp only fell to 54º, eclipsing the old mark of 52º 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 70º.
The old record of 74º was
reached in 2013.
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 90º. 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 70º.
The old record low high was 75º,
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.
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.
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.
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
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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