Located just east of the geographic center of the state of Colorado, Colorado Springs is the second most populous city in the state. The city sits on the eastern face of the Southern Rocky Mountains and is situated at the base of one of the most famous American mountains, Pikes Peak. This geographic position means Colorado Springs weather includes mild winters and cool summers despite the relatively high altitude. The city's elevation ranges between 6,000 and 7,200 feet in elevation, depending on your location.
The weather in Colorado Springs is highly desirable when compared to other areas of the country. Colorado Springs receives just over 17 inches of annual precipitation and large, long-lasting snow accumulations are relatively rare because the city is protected by Pikes Peak to the west and Monument Divide to the north. Also, the high availability of intensely warming sun due to the altitude usually ensures that accumulated snowfall melts pretty quickly – often within hours, but at most a day or two.
Elected the first of the Best Big Cities in “Best Places to Live” by Money magazine in 2006 and first of America's Best Cities in Outside Magazine in 2009, Colorado Springs residents enjoy a number of weather advantages. Classified as an alpine desert, humidity in Colorado Springs remains comfortably low all year long. Sunny days are abundant even in the winter, and although earlier claims of “300 days of sunshine per year” have recently been felled due to clarifications in definition, many Colorado Springs residents are thrilled with the high availability of sunshine. Quick, cleansing afternoon thunderstorms occur on most Summer days and cool nights make for sound sleeping.
The average temperature ranges in Colorado Springs in January are between 14° Fahrenheit, -10° Celsius and 42° Fahrenheit, 6° Celsius. The average temperature ranges in July are between 55° Fahrenheit, 13° Celsius and 85° Fahrenheit, 30° Celsius.
The hottest temperature ever recorded in Colorado Springs was 101° Fahrenheit, 38.3° Celsius on June 7, 1874. The coldest temperature ever recorded was -32° Fahrenheit, -35.5° Celsius on January 20, 1883.
Colorado Springs is one of the most active lightning strike areas in the country; a natural phenomenon that means lightning is Colorado's highest weather-related risk. Lightning activity significantly increases during the summer with the highest number of state-wide casualties occurring in the month of July. The National Weather Service (NWS) has advised that many lightning casualties occur before a thunderstorm arrives in the area and after the rain has dissipated. Experts warn that lightning may strike as far as 10 miles from any rainfall – even when there is little or no cloud-to-ground lightning activity. Dramatic changes are normal for Colorado Weather. Colorado Springs is no exception. Turn to Weather Colorado Springs.com for up to the minute reporting and weather forecasting.
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