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Isolated Severe Thunderstorms Across Southern U.S.; Heat Continues In West

Isolated severe thunderstorms are possible from the Southeast to Southern Plains today. Other thunderstorms may produce localized flash flooding across the Great Lakes, Midwest, and Mid Atlantic. Finally, the ongoing heat wave continues in the West and will expand into the Rockies by the weekend. Read More >

...2000 WEATHER SUMMARY...

JAN...THE TEMPERATURE AND SNOWFALL WERE ABOVE NORMAL FOR THE MONTH.  
      NEARLY 7 INCHES OF SNOW FELL FROM THE 26TH THROUGH THE 28TH. 
FEB...THIS WAS A WARM AND DRY MONTH WITH THE TEMPERATURE 6.0 DEGREES 
      ABOVE NORMAL AND ONLY 2 INCHES OF SNOW (THE NORMAL IS 7.1")    
      ON THE 17TH A THUNDERSTORM WAS RECORDED WITH SNOW. 
MAR...THE AVERAGE MONTHLY TEMPERATURE WAS 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL.  
      SNOWFALL FOR MARCH NORMALLY IS 12 INCHES...AND THIS MONTH 12.6 
      INCHES WAS RECORDED.
APR...APRIL SHOWERS WERE SCARCE AS RAIN AND SNOWFALL WERE BOTH BELOW
      NORMAL AND TEMPERATURES ABOVE NORMAL AGAIN.  AT MID MONTH      
      STRONG WINDS BLEW DOWN A POWER LINE THAT STARTED A GRASS       
      FIRE ON FORT CARSON WHICH CONSUMED 800 ACRES OF TREES AND      
      BRUSH.
MAY...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...BUT          
      PRECIPITATION WAS WELL BELOW NORMAL.  AGAIN AT MID             
      MONTH...STRONG WINDS CAUSED POWER OUTAGES AND BLEW DOWN MANY   
      SIGNS AND TREES ACROSS THE CITY.
JUN...BOTH TEMPERATURE AND RAINFALL WERE BELOW NORMAL.  ON THE 19TH  
      WINDS AT THE AIR FORCE ACADEMY GUSTED TO 64 MPH.
JUL...THE TEMPERATURE WAS SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL...BUT RAINFALL WAS   
      BELOW NORMAL AGAIN.  ON THE 25TH...LIGHTNING STRUCK AND KILLED 
      A YOUNG MAN NEAR THE SUMMIT OF PIKES PEAK.
AUG...IT WAS WARM AND WET...WITH 5.82 INCHES OF RAIN LOGGED AT       
      THE AIRPORT (THE NORMAL IS 3.02 INCHES). A THUNDERSTORM        
      STARTED A WILDFIRE SOUTHEAST OF FOUNTAIN THAT BURNED 2500      
      ACRES.
SEP...THE TEMPERATURE AVERAGED ALMOST 2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...BUT   
      LESS THAN 1/2 OF THE NORMAL RAINFALL OCCURRED.  FROM THE 23RD  
      TO THE 24TH THE SEASONS FIRST SNOWFALL BROUGHT UP TO 4 INCHES  
      ACROSS PARTS OF THE CITY.
OCT...IT WAS A NEAR NORMAL MONTH FOR TEMPERATURE AND                 
      PRECIPITATION.  THE LAST THUNDERSTORM OF THE SEASON OCCURRED   
      ON THE 4TH. 
NOV...IT WAS VERY COLD AND DRY. THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS 7.5      
      DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...MAKING THIS THE 2ND COLDEST NOVEMBER ON 
      RECORD SINCE 1900.
DEC...TEMPERATURES NEVER ROSE ABOVE FREEZING FROM THE 10TH THROUGH   
      THE 14TH (99 HOURS IN A ROW).  THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE WAS     
      WELL BELOW NORMAL.  SNOWFALL WAS ALSO WELL BELOW NORMAL.

 

                        2000   STATISTICS
      AVG    AVG   MEAN   DEP FM  PCPN  SNOW    HTG DEG.    COL.DEG
      MAX    MIN          NORMAL                 DAYS        DAYS
JAN   45.1  19.1   32.1   + 3.3    .68   7.4     1010           0
FEB   51.1  24.9   38.0   + 6.0    .23   2.0      773           0
MAR   50.8  27.2   39.0   + 1.7   1.97  12.6      798           0
APR   63.8  33.8   48.8   + 2.4    .62   2.0      478           0
MAY   75.0  43.7   59.4   + 4.0   1.27    T       206          39
JUN   78.4  50.0   64.2   - 0.8   1.73    0        83          65
JUL   86.1  57.6.  71.9   + 1.1   2.72    0         0         220
AUG   85.3  57.4   71.4   + 3.1   5.82    0         2         208
SEP   76.5  47.4   62.0   + 1.6    .55   1.5      150          67
OCT   61.9  37.4   49.7   - 0.2    .86   1.5      473           5
NOV   42.2  18.4   30.3   - 7.5    .19   2.9     1033           0
DEC   41.3  14.7   28.0   - 1.8    .25   3.7     1137           0


AVERAGE MAXIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR   63.1    NORMAL 61.6 
AVERAGE MINIMUM TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR   36.0    NORMAL 35.4 
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE FOR THE YEAR           49.6    NORMAL 48.5 
HIGHEST TEMPERATURE WAS   94 ON MAY 30TH
LOWEST  TEMPERATURE WAS    1 ON JANUARY 30TH, DECEMBER 12TH AND 13TH

DAYS WITH MAX 90 OR HIGHER     24        NORMAL   19
DAYS WITH MAX 32 OR LOWER      23        NORMAL   30
DAYS WITH MIN  32 OR LOWER    162        NORMAL  160
DAYS WITH MIN ZERO OR LOWER     0        NORMAL    8


...PRECIPITATION...

TOTAL  16.89 INCHES                      NORMAL   16.24 INCHES
MOST IN 24 HOURS WAS  3.00 INCHES        ON AUGUST 28-29
DAYS WITH MEASURABLE PRECIPITATION  87   NORMAL   98 
DAYS WITH THUNDERSTORMS             59   NORMAL   57 
DAYS WITH HAIL                       5

SNOWFALL TOTAL FOR THE YEAR  33.6 INCHES NORMAL   51.4  INCHES 
MOST SNOW IN 24 HOURS WAS     7.5 INCHES ON MARCH 15-16 
GREATEST SNOW DEPTH WAS         8 INCHES ON MARCH 16

...WIND...

AVERAGE WIND SPEED   9.6   MPH           NORMAL   10.0  MPH
PEAK WIND GUST  SOUTHWEST  60 MPH ON JULY 7TH

DAYS WITH HEAVY FOG     29               NORMAL      23
HEATING DEGREE DAYS   6143               NORMAL    6415
COOLING DEGREE DAYS    604               NORMAL     419
HIGHEST PRESSURE FOR THE YEAR   30.67 ON OCTOBER 7
LOWEST  PRESSURE FOR THE YEAR   29.19 ON MAY 17