The year 2012 is officially the hottest year on record for Colorado Springs.
The city had a mean average temperature, which incorporates high and low daily temperatures, of 53°. The previous record holding year was 1934, when Colorado Spring endured a mean average temperature of 52.4°.
Colorado Springs also hit an all-time record high temperature on July 26. The temperature recorded this day was 101°.
Colorado Springs also endured an abnormally dry year, receiving only 8.11 inches of precipitation when on average the city accumulates 16.54 inches. The year 2012 was the fourth driest year on record. The driest year on record is 1939, when Colorado Springs only accumulated 6.07 inches of precipitation.
According to Colorado Springs Utilities, the hot and dry conditions were reflected by water and electricity usage. It said water usage went up 14 to 15 percent in July and August. The previous record of 878 megawatts of electricity used in one day was broken at least twice when more than 900 megawatts of electricity were used in June and July.
Similarly, in Pueblo it was the fifth hottest year with a mean average temperature of 54.9°. It was the second driest year with Pueblo only receiving 5 inches of precipitation, the city usually accumulates around 12.57 inches.
According to the National Weather Service, this pattern is expected to continue.
“With the outlook in place right now, we are going to see less snow than normal across southern Colorado this winter, and it’s going to be warmer as well,” said Thomas Magnuson, meteorologist with the National Weather Service office in Pueblo.
He said it appears these conditions will continue into 2012, and could create conditions conducive for another active wildfire season.
Magnuson specified that despite the fact that, in general, 2013 looks like it will at least start warmer and drier than average, there is still the potential for snow this winter.
“Actually we are going to see some storms move through the area. There is a potential for some more active weather again in about three weeks in the later part of January,” he said.
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