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Meteorological Spring of 2018 (March-May) came in like a "lamb" across South Central and Southeast Colorado.  Unfortunately, March of 2018 also ended like a "lamb" across the area, with only a few weather systems moving across the region through the rest of the month, bringing some generally light precipitation to the South Central and Southeast Colorado,  with better tallies across northern portions of Colorado. For March as a whole, above normal temperatures and below to well below average precipitation was experienced across the area.  

A pattern change with the breakdown of a persistent upper ridge across the West Coast allowed for several weather systems to move across the Rockies through out the month of April, 2018.  A few of these weather systems brought beneficial rain and snow to much of South Central and Southeast Colorado, with a few systems also bringing windy and dry conditions to the area, supporting extreme fire danger. One of these days was April 17th, where several destructive wildfires rapidly spread across South Central and Southeast Colorado. For the month of April as a whole, at or above normal temperatures were experienced across South Central Colorado, with at and below normal temperatures experienced across Southeast Colorado. As for precipitation, above normal precipitation was experienced across portions of the Continental Divide and the far Southeast Plains, with generally below average precipitation experienced across the rest of South Central and Southeast Colorado.   

A few Spring weather systems brought some beneficial precipitation to the state of Colorado through out May of 2018. However, the bulk of this precipitation was focused across northern and northeastern portions of the state, which has been the trend through out the past several months. For the month of May as a whole, above to well above normal temperatures and below to well below normal precipitation was experienced across South Central and Southeast Colorado.   

For the Spring as a whole,  above to well above normal temperatures and below to well below normal precipitation was experienced across South Central and Southeast Colorado. The following graphics indicate seasonal temperature and precipitation departures from normal across the state through out the Spring of 2018.

 

The preliminary average temperature for the Spring of 2018 in Alamosa was 44.5 F. This is 2.3 degrees above normal and makes the Spring of 2018 the 6th warmest Spring on record in Alamosa. This, however, remains well behind the record average Spring temperature of 46.4F recorded through out the Spring of 1934.  Alamosa recorded 0.49 inches of precipitation through out the Spring. This is 1.70 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2018 the 6th driest on record in Alamosa. This remains well behind the driest Spring on record, 1972, when only 0.19 inches of precipitation was recorded in Alamosa.  Alamosa tallied 2.1 inches of snow through out the Spring. This is 7.4 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2018 the 8th least snowiest Spring on record in Alamosa, though remains well behind the trace of snow recorded throughout the Spring of 1934. This also brings the 2017-2018 Seasonal Snowfall final tally in Alamosa to 9.1 inches.  This is 18.5 inches below normal and makes the 2017-18 season the least snowiest on record in Alamosa, just beating out the previous least snowiest season of 1949-50, where only 9.5 inches of snow was recorded. 

(click here for a more detailed Spring of 2018 Climate Summary in Alamosa)

The preliminary average temperature for the  Spring of 2018 in Colorado Springs was 50.5 F. This is 3.3 degrees above normal and makes the Spring of 2018, tied with the Spring of 1992, as the 4th warmest Spring on record in Colorado Springs. This, however, remains well behind the warmest Spring average temperature of 53.4 F, recorded through out the Spring of 2012. Colorado Springs recorded 3.14 inches of precipitation through out the Spring, which is 1.31 inches below normal. Colorado Springs tallied 8.4 inches of snow through out the Spring, which is 5.3 inches below normal. This brings the 2017-2018 Seasonal Snowfall final tally in Colorado Springs to 21.6 inches, which is 16.1 inches below normal. 

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The preliminary average temperature for the Spring of 2018 in Pueblo was 54.7 F. This is 3.6 degrees above normal and makes the Spring of 2018, tied with the Spring of 2003, as the 5th warmest Spring on record in Pueblo. This, however, remains well behind the record average Spring temperature of 55.8 F recorded through out the Spring of 1981. Pueblo recorded 1.13 inches of precipitation through out the Spring. This is 2.71 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2018, tied with the Spring of 1950, as the 5th driest on record in Pueblo. This remains well behind the driest Spring on record, 2002, when only 0.42 inches of precipitation was recorded in Pueblo.  Pueblo only recorded a trace of snow through out the Spring. This is 10.0 inches below normal and makes the Spring of 2018, tied with the Spring of 1910, as the least snowiest Spring on record in Pueblo. This keeps the 2017-2018 Seasonal Snowfall tally in Pueblo at 13.7 inches.  which is 18.1 inches below normal, making the 2017-18 snowfall season the 9th least snowiest on record in Pueblo. This, however, remains well behind the least snowiest season of 1934-35, where only 7.6 inches of snow was recorded in Pueblo. 

(click here for a more detailed Spring of 2018 Climate Summary in Pueblo)

Below is the Climate Prediction Center's (CPC) temperature and precipitation outlook for the Summer of 2018  (June, July and August), which indicates a better chance for above normal temperatures across all of South Central and Southeast Colorado. The CPC summer outlook also indicates equal chances of above, below and near normal precipitation across most of the area, save a slight nod to above normal precipitation across Western Colorado into portions of South Central Colorado.