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Colorado Weather: If you don’t like it, wait 15 minutes

Posted by Susanna Haynie on February 23, 2012
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Whether you live in the Colorado mountains, on the Colorado eastern plains, the Colorado western slope, or in southern Colorado with its mix of mountains and prairies, the weather can vary widely. For Colorado Springs, the mountain area and probably the rest of the state, the headline pretty much sums it up.

I believe that there is a misconception of Colorado weather: We have lots of sun, 300 days to be more precise and it’s NOT always freezing cold. If we have a weather front come in it usually moves out pretty quick as well. Yesterday, we had shorts and short sleeve weather and today we are waking up to 23 degrees and heavy snow. Usually, I try to get the kids out to play in the snow as quickly as possible, because who knows – the snow could be gone by the afternoon.

Since we do have a lot of sun, water has been and probably always will be an issue. We either don’t have enough, or we get too much in one down poor, which usually results in strong erosion in areas where soil isn’t secured by mature landscape, or huge water puddles (lakes) on the streets because the water can’t drain quickly enough. Fortunately, that does not happen very often but it’s something you’ll definitely have to watch out for.

Take a look at our video on how quickly the snow usually melts in the warm Colorado sun.

Source for graph data:

  1. ^ “Monthly Averages for Colorado Springs, CO”. The Weather Channel. Retrieved September 19, 2008.
  2. ^ “NowData – NOAA Online Weather Data”. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2012-02-13.