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Crestone Eagle, August 2003:
Hot July! Crestone blasted with record
was a hot July in Crestone this year. How hot? Record setting
hot! As July arrived, it seemed like we plunged head first
back into the drought, with plenty of heat and no real cooling
breezes to speak of.
Last summer in Crestone was the driest on record, and it
too was on the warm side. But it's been hotter this year!
So what is considered a normal summer around here anyway?
Well, it's not unusual for us to experience a few days with
temperatures in the low 90s, but rarely any warmer than that.
Some years Crestone will go an entire summer with high temperatures
only peaking out in the upper 80s. But so far this summer,
according to Hal Reinhart, our official weather record keeper,
the highest temperature has climbed to 95°, not once,
but on four days, July 12, 13, 14 and 18! For all of the years
that Hal as been keeping count—more than 22 now—we've
never had any higher readings here. Those 95° temperatures
beat the all-time record set in the Bacca just last year,
which was 94°! Of course, it might be a degree or two
warmer at your house, as readings vary a bit. A reading of
96.6°, taken from my online home weather station on July
15, will go down as our unofficial all time high.
Want some more hot facts? For the first 19 days of July the
high temperature went over 90° on all but 3 days, with
an average high of 93°. On those three days that we didn't
hit the ninety degree mark, the high was 88° each day.
It's not only hot here, but all over the region. Alamosa
shattered their record for consecutive days over 90° in
mid July, and on the other side of the mountains Pueblo set
their new all time record high of 109° on July 13. Just
in case your wondering, Colorado's all time high temperature
was recorded in Bennett, way back on July 1, 1888, with a
reading of 118°!
When the temperature goes over 90°, and the humidity
is low, it feels two or three degrees cooler than it is, something
unheard of in the South or back East, where it can feel 10°
to 20° warmer (this is known as the THI or temperature
humidity index). Still, 90° plus is hot enough, even if
it is dry. Weatherwise, let’s just hope things do get
back to normal soon, but remember one thing: it's normal to
have abnormal weather!
For current weather info go to: www.keno.org/vws/
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