Colorado’s Front Range Sees Hot, Dry September, Tying Multiple Records

October 1, 2018
Photo: White Ranch Park in JeffCo(Courtesy Flickr user Barry Dale Gilfry/Creative Commons)
White Ranch Park in Jefferson County, Colorado in September 2018.

Colorado’s Front Range saw a pretty warm and dry September. 

Denver had its fifth-warmest September on record with temperatures 4.6 degrees above normal. The average temperature in the city was 68 degrees, said Russell Danielson, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Boulder. 

On Sept. 13, Denver was one degree away from tying for the record-high temperature ever in September. The warmest September ever was in 2015 with an average temperature of 69.4 degrees. And Denver also saw its longest streak of 90-degree days in September.

“That’s pretty remarkable,” Danielson said.

Aside from the “well-above average” temperatures, Denver also had a dry month, Danielson said. The city had .18 of an inch of rain, .78 of an inch below normal. 

Colorado Springs had its fourth-warmest September on record with an average temperature of 66.5 degrees, 5.6 degrees above normal. The NWS in Pueblo reported Colorado Springs also set or tied seven daily record-high temperatures in September. 

In Pueblo, the average temperature was 69.7 degrees, 5 degrees above normal, making last month the ninth-warmest September on record. Pueblo also set or tied seven daily record-highs in September. 

Colorado Springs and Pueblo had dryer months with both getting below-average amounts of precipitation. 

October temperatures are predicted to be “near normal,” Danielson said. But chances favor above-average precipitation because of Tropical Storm Rosa in the Southwestern U.S. and Mexico. A freeze is possible early next week, but Danielson said it’s unlikely.