The first ten days of August have been an unwanted anomaly for Colorado and Central America, with cold temperatures 10-25 degrees below average and precipitation above average.
Only a few areas of the country are below average annual precipitation, while nearly all are above. All river basins in Colorado are at or above average, which is good news.
During July, 20 out of 31 days in Boulder were above average temperature. However, so far in August the majority of days have been below average. That trend is the same near Vail and Aspen.
Looking ahead, the jetstream from the north-west that brought the cold front is sticking around, and the 7-14 day outlook shows cooler than average weather for most of the country, including Colorado. East of the Continental Divide will experience temperatures way below average, and increased precipitation. If you are planning on participating in any outdoor activities, mornings are a good time to get outdoors before the afternoon thunderstorms and rain. But keep an eye on the forecasts, as morning rain and thunderstorms are also likely.
On the flip side, the west coast can expect warmer and drier conditions than average.
Towards the end of August things may heat up a little for Colorado, but overall there are no heatwaves in the near future and potentially the heat may be over for the year.
Colorado is generally an arid state that receives much of it’s annual precipitation as snowfall in the mountains. Summertime rainfall is a nice bonus that can keep the state on track for achieving average or above precipitation during the course of a year.
But the one thing that we all want to know is; how will this affect the winter temperatures and precipitation?
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