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Public Information Statement
Fifth day in a row of record breaking high Temps in Crestone
(Statement issued at 612 pm on Sept 5, 2019, by Keno)
Day 5 of record breaking heat and high temperatures hit the greater Crestone area today. Every day so far this month has set record high temperatures, with today no exception, as the high of 87.4 degrees, reached at 315pm, tied the record for the date, first set in 2013. All of the high temps this month so far have been either the highest temps ever seen in September, or tied for the highest ever seen in September before this heat spell hit. Also, 5 straight days of setting record high temperatures has never taken place before in Crestone. The record for the most record highs in one month, was set back in 2005, when 8 record highs for the month of July were set, which included 8 of the 11 hottest days ever seen in Crestone, along with the all time hottest day ever, of 98 degrees, set on July 20, 2005.
For the fourth day in a row, a new record breaking High Temperature is set
Another day, another record high temperature has been reached in the Crestone/Baca area today, when this afternoon the high reached 87 degrees at 337pm, this time tying the record for Sept 4, which was first set in 1995.
Record Breaking High Temperature set Tuesday, for the third day in
For the third straight day in a row, the effects of global warming hit us again, as the Crestone Baca saw a another record high temperature broken, when the thermometer hit 88 degrees, breaking the old record high of 87 degrees, set in 1995. Up until yesterday, that reading of 87 was the highest ever temperature seen in September, but it was broken on Monday (see below).
First Ever 90 Degree Temperature Day in September seen in Crestone on Monday
(Statement issued at 658 pm on Sept 2, 2019, by Keno)
For the second day in a row, the Crestone/Baca Weather Station broke an all time record high temperature for not only the day, but for the month of September, when the high reached 89.5 degrees (which gets rounded off to 90 degrees), breaking the old record of 86 degrees, set in 1990. This also breaks the record for the highest temperature reading ever in September, which was set just yesterday, at 88 degrees. This 90 degree reading was also the first 90 degree day ever in September, and is now the latest day that 90 degrees had been reached in Crestone this late in the year. The old latest last 90 degree day before today, was set on August 21, 2007.
New All Time High Temperature for September set on Sunday
(Statement issued at 600 pm on Sept 1, 2019, by Keno)
Today at the Crestone/Baca Weather Station, the highest temperature ever seen in the month of September was reached when the high hit 88 degress (F), breaking the record for the date of 86 degrees, set in 2016. This also breaks the all time high for September which was 87 degrees, set 3 different times (on Sept 3, 4, and 5) in 2 different years (1995 and in 2013 on the 5th).
La Veta Pass Weather Station is finially Back Up!
(statement updated by Keno at 10:44 AM on Aug 28, 2019)
The La Veta Pass Weather Station, which was destroyed by last summer's major wildfire on the mountain that hit the pass last year - well really - which hit the area well over a year ago, has finally been replaced! The station, while always the official weather station for that area, wasn't and still isn't owned by the NWS, but instead is owned and operated by CDOT, and is located just off of U.S. Highway 160, which runs over the pass. The new station was installed and started up in the last several days and is now close to being fully functional and giving out most of the current conditions. It's reports may not be current 100% of the time for the next few days, as they are still working on the new equipment up there, but the hourly condition report for the station is now once again being shown on our main Crestone weather page under "current conditions", just like it used to be.
For those who live in the SLV and those of us who live in the foothills and mountains surrounding the valley, having this site back up is great news, as we now will know once again what's going on up on top of this pass weather-wise (especially in the winter months) for days when we need to drive out of the valley and head on over towards the Colorado Front Range or other places east of here, as we need to know on many days beforehand which pass would be the best one to travel on, as far as snow and other road conditions go.
New NWS Radar Web Page
(From Keno and NWS, at 3:40 PM on Aug 28, 2019)
The NWS is lunching new weather pages and apps left and right these days. Some they are bringing out fast, others real slow. They just announced that the current radar page that this site currently links to will soon be closed down and replaced with something newer. You can read up more on this at this NWS page: New NWS Radar Web Page and the End of Flash Information. I will keep up the old radar on this site for now or maybe until it is decommissioned, so in time I will start to show the newer radar on the main page too.
Also, since the NWS introduced newer satellite photos and apps for this service that are now being used, the old image that I show on this site (that was called the GOES-15 [and now called the GOES-West Backup]), and which many of us like better, will be decommissioned soon and the satellite will be put to sleep (layman's term). This is now scheduled to take place sometime after December 31, 2019. Maybe. It was suppose to be turned off last July, but so many of us asked that it be kept on, and in turn it was, and its life was extended now until at least the end of this year. If you rather use the newer GOES East (GOES-16) and GOES West (GOES-17) satellites now, you can do so here: https://www.star.nesdis.noaa.gov/goes/ (I am also now using one of its images on our maps page). I've been told these newer satellites sites might work better if you view the web on your phone only. Since I never use the web for my phone, I couldn't tell you if that is true or not, but I prefer the old GOES-15 and will link to that on our main page until it is no longer available, sometime early next year. Unless we can again talk NASA into keeping it going longer. Time will tell, but my guess is some time in early 2020, that will be the end of GOES-15 as it will then be officially known at that time as the GOES-West Backup and no longer be used.