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Winter Weather in Colorado City Colorado, United States

Daily high temperatures increase by 4°F, from 48°F to 52°F, rarely falling below 28°F or exceeding 64°F. The lowest daily average high temperature is 43°F on December 30.

Daily low temperatures increase by 2°F, from 23°F to 25°F, rarely falling below 4°F or exceeding 36°F. The lowest daily average low temperature is 19°F on December 30.

For reference, on July 9, the hottest day of the year, temperatures in Colorado City typically range from 59°F to 87°F, while on December 30, the coldest day of the year, they range from 19°F to 43°F.

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in Colorado City

Average High and Low Temperature in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0°F0°F10°F10°F20°F20°F30°F30°F40°F40°F50°F50°F60°F60°F70°F70°FFallSpringDec 3043°FDec 3043°F19°F19°FDec 148°FDec 148°F23°F23°FFeb 2852°FFeb 2852°F25°F25°FFeb 145°FFeb 145°F20°F20°F
The daily average high (red line) and low (blue line) temperature, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted lines are the corresponding average perceived temperatures.

The figure below shows you a compact characterization of the hourly average winter temperatures. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the color is the average temperature for that hour and day.

Average Hourly Temperature in the Winter in Colorado City

Average Hourly Temperature in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpringfreezingfreezingvery coldcoldcoldcoolcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The average hourly temperature, color coded into bands. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Kayseri, Turkey (6,577 miles away) and Borūjen, Iran (7,376 miles) are the far-away foreign places with temperatures most similar to Colorado City (view comparison).

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Clouds

The winter in Colorado City experiences gradually increasing cloud cover, with the percentage of time that the sky is overcast or mostly cloudy increasing from 35% to 40%. The highest chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 41% on February 11.

The clearest day of the winter is January 8, with clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy conditions 65% of the time.

For reference, on February 10, the cloudiest day of the year, the chance of overcast or mostly cloudy conditions is 41%, while on September 29, the clearest day of the year, the chance of clear, mostly clear, or partly cloudy skies is 78%.

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in Colorado City

Cloud Cover Categories in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpringSep 2978%Sep 2978%Dec 165%Dec 165%Feb 2860%Feb 2860%Jan 164%Jan 164%Feb 161%Feb 161%clearmostly clearpartly cloudyovercastmostly cloudy
0% clear 20% mostly clear 40% partly cloudy 60% mostly cloudy 80% overcast 100%
The percentage of time spent in each cloud cover band, categorized by the percentage of the sky covered by clouds.

Precipitation

A wet day is one with at least 0.04 inches of liquid or liquid-equivalent precipitation. In Colorado City, the chance of a wet day over the course of the winter is essentially constant, remaining around 7% throughout.

For reference, the year's highest daily chance of a wet day is 34% on August 10, and its lowest chance is 5% on January 14.

Over the course of the winter in Colorado City, the chance of a day with only rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, the chance of a day with mixed snow and rain remains an essentially constant 2% throughout, and the chance of a day with only snow remains an essentially constant 4% throughout.

Probability of Precipitation in the Winter in Colorado City

Probability of Precipitation in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0%0%2%2%4%4%6%6%8%8%10%10%12%12%14%14%FallSpringJan 155%Jan 155%Dec 18%Dec 18%Feb 289%Feb 289%Jan 16%Jan 16%Feb 17%Feb 17%snowmixedrain
The percentage of days in which various types of precipitation are observed, excluding trace quantities: rain alone, snow alone, and mixed (both rain and snow fell in the same day).

Rainfall

To show variation within the season and not just the monthly totals, we show the rainfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day rainfall during the winter in Colorado City is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.7 inches.

The lowest average 31-day accumulation is 0.0 inches on January 19.

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in Colorado City

Average Monthly Rainfall in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0.0 in0.0 in0.2 in0.2 in0.4 in0.4 in0.6 in0.6 in0.8 in0.8 in1.0 in1.0 in1.2 in1.2 inFallSpringJan 190.0 inJan 190.0 inDec 10.1 inDec 10.1 inFeb 280.3 inFeb 280.3 inJan 10.1 inJan 10.1 inFeb 10.1 inFeb 10.1 in
The average rainfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average liquid-equivalent snowfall.

Snowfall

We report snowfall in liquid-equivalent terms. The actual depth of new snowfall is typically between 5 and 10 times the liquid-equivalent amount, assuming the ground is frozen. As with rainfall, we consider the liquid-equivalent snowfall accumulated over a sliding 31-day period centered around each day.

The average sliding 31-day liquid-equivalent snowfall during the winter in Colorado City is essentially constant, remaining about 0.2 inches throughout, and rarely exceeding 0.7 inches or falling to 0.0 inches.

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in the Winter in Colorado City

Average Monthly Liquid-Equivalent Snowfall in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0.0 in0.0 in0.1 in0.1 in0.2 in0.2 in0.3 in0.3 in0.4 in0.4 in0.5 in0.5 in0.6 in0.6 in0.7 in0.7 inFallSpringDec 10.3 inDec 10.3 inFeb 280.2 inFeb 280.2 inJan 10.2 inJan 10.2 inFeb 10.2 inFeb 10.2 in
The average liquid-equivalent snowfall (solid line) accumulated over the course of a sliding 31-day period centered on the day in question, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands. The thin dotted line is the corresponding average rainfall.

Sun

Over the course of the winter in Colorado City, the length of the day is rapidly increasing. From the start to the end of the season, the length of the day increases by 1 hour, 36 minutes, implying an average daily increase of 1 minute, 5 seconds, and weekly increase of 7 minutes, 34 seconds.

The shortest day of the winter is December 21, with 9 hours, 32 minutes of daylight and the longest day is February 28, with 11 hours, 20 minutes of daylight.

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in Colorado City

Hours of Daylight and Twilight in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0 hr24 hr4 hr20 hr8 hr16 hr12 hr12 hr16 hr8 hr20 hr4 hr24 hr0 hrFallSpringDec 219 hr, 32 minDec 219 hr, 32 minnightnightdaydayFeb 2811 hr, 20 minFeb 2811 hr, 20 minFeb 110 hr, 19 minFeb 110 hr, 19 min
The number of hours during which the Sun is visible (black line). From bottom (most yellow) to top (most gray), the color bands indicate: full daylight, twilight (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and full night.

The latest sunrise of the winter in Colorado City is 7:15 AM on January 5 and the earliest sunrise is 43 minutes earlier at 6:32 AM on February 28.

The earliest sunset is 4:39 PM on December 6 and the latest sunset is 1 hour, 12 minutes later at 5:51 PM on February 28.

Daylight saving time is observed in Colorado City during 2021, but it neither starts nor ends during the winter, so the entire season is in standard time.

For reference, on June 21, the longest day of the year, the Sun rises at 5:37 AM and sets 14 hours, 48 minutes later, at 8:25 PM, while on December 21, the shortest day of the year, it rises at 7:11 AM and sets 9 hours, 32 minutes later, at 4:43 PM.

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Winter in Colorado City

Sunrise & Sunset with Twilight and Daylight Saving Time in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb12 AM2 AM4 AM6 AM8 AM10 AM12 PM2 PM4 PM6 PM8 PM10 PM12 AMFallSpring6:32 AM6:32 AMFeb 285:51 PMFeb 285:51 PM7:01 AM7:01 AMDec 64:39 PMDec 64:39 PM7:15 AM7:15 AMJan 54:54 PMJan 54:54 PM7:03 AM7:03 AMFeb 15:22 PMFeb 15:22 PMSolarMidnightSolarMidnightSolarNoonSunriseSunset
The solar day in the winter. From bottom to top, the black lines are the previous solar midnight, sunrise, solar noon, sunset, and the next solar midnight. The day, twilights (civil, nautical, and astronomical), and night are indicated by the color bands from yellow to gray.

Moon

The figure below presents a compact representation of key lunar data for the winter of 2021. The horizontal axis is the day, the vertical axis is the hour of the day, and the colored areas indicate when the moon is above the horizon. The vertical gray bars (new Moons) and blue bars (full Moons) indicate key Moon phases. The label associated with each bar indicates the date and time that the phase is obtained, and the companion time labels indicate the rise and set times of the Moon for the nearest time interval in which the moon is above the horizon.

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Winter in Colorado City

Moon Rise, Set & Phases in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb12 AM12 AM4 AM4 AM8 AM8 AM12 PM12 PM4 PM4 PM8 PM8 PM12 AM12 AMFallSpringNov 43:15 PMNov 43:15 PMNov 191:58 AMNov 191:58 AMDec 412:44 AMDec 412:44 AMDec 189:36 PMDec 189:36 PMJan 211:34 AMJan 211:34 AMJan 174:49 PMJan 174:49 PMJan 3110:47 PMJan 3110:47 PMFeb 169:57 AMFeb 169:57 AMMar 210:35 AMMar 210:35 AMMar 181:18 AMMar 181:18 AMApr 112:25 AMApr 112:25 AM7:05 AM7:05 AM4:30 PM4:30 PM7:28 AM7:28 AM5:05 PM5:05 PM4:18 PM4:18 PM7:46 AM7:46 AM7:24 AM7:24 AM4:48 PM4:48 PM4:48 PM4:48 PM4:48 PM4:48 PM4:41 PM4:41 PM7:11 AM7:11 AM6:50 AM6:50 AM6:03 PM6:03 PM6:41 PM6:41 PM7:35 AM7:35 AM6:59 PM6:59 PM
The time in which the moon is above the horizon (light blue area), with new moons (dark gray lines) and full moons (blue lines) indicated. The shaded overlays indicate night and civil twilight.

Humidity

We base the humidity comfort level on the dew point, as it determines whether perspiration will evaporate from the skin, thereby cooling the body. Lower dew points feel drier and higher dew points feel more humid. Unlike temperature, which typically varies significantly between night and day, dew point tends to change more slowly, so while the temperature may drop at night, a muggy day is typically followed by a muggy night.

The chance that a given day will be muggy in Colorado City is essentially constant during the winter, remaining around 0% throughout.

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Winter in Colorado City

Humidity Comfort Levels in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0%0%10%10%20%20%30%30%40%40%50%50%60%60%70%70%80%80%90%90%100%100%FallSpringJan 150%Jan 150%Dec 10%Dec 10%Feb 280%Feb 280%Jan 10%Jan 10%Feb 10%Feb 10%drydry
dry 55°F comfortable 60°F humid 65°F muggy 70°F oppressive 75°F miserable
The percentage of time spent at various humidity comfort levels, categorized by dew point.

Wind

This section discusses the wide-area hourly average wind vector (speed and direction) at 10 meters above the ground. The wind experienced at any given location is highly dependent on local topography and other factors, and instantaneous wind speed and direction vary more widely than hourly averages.

The average hourly wind speed in Colorado City is essentially constant during the winter, remaining within 0.3 miles per hour of 9.9 miles per hour throughout.

For reference, on April 11, the windiest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 10.3 miles per hour, while on August 12, the calmest day of the year, the daily average wind speed is 7.0 miles per hour.

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in Colorado City

Average Wind Speed in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0 mph0 mph5 mph5 mph10 mph10 mph15 mph15 mphFallSpringDec 19.8 mphDec 19.8 mphFeb 289.9 mphFeb 289.9 mphJan 110.1 mphJan 110.1 mphFeb 19.8 mphFeb 19.8 mph
The average of mean hourly wind speeds (dark gray line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

The hourly average wind direction in Colorado City throughout the winter is predominantly from the west, with a peak proportion of 71% on January 11.

Wind Direction in the Winter in Colorado City

Wind Direction in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0%100%20%80%40%60%60%40%80%20%100%0%FallSpringwestnortheastsouth
northeastsouthwest
The percentage of hours in which the mean wind direction is from each of the four cardinal wind directions, excluding hours in which the mean wind speed is less than 1.0 mph. The lightly tinted areas at the boundaries are the percentage of hours spent in the implied intermediate directions (northeast, southeast, southwest, and northwest).

Growing Season

Definitions of the growing season vary throughout the world, but for the purposes of this report, we define it as the longest continuous period of non-freezing temperatures (≥ 32°F) in the year (the calendar year in the Northern Hemisphere, or from July 1 until June 30 in the Southern Hemisphere).

The growing season in Colorado City typically lasts for 5.2 months (160 days), from around May 3 to around October 9, rarely starting before April 16 or after May 19, and rarely ending before September 20 or after October 28.

The winter in Colorado City is reliably fully outside of the growing season.

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Winter in Colorado City

Time Spent in Various Temperature Bands and the Growing Season in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0%100%10%90%20%80%30%70%40%60%50%50%60%40%70%30%80%20%90%10%100%0%FallSpring0%Jan 150%Jan 15frigidfreezingvery coldcoldcool
frigid 15°F freezing 32°F very cold 45°F cold 55°F cool 65°F comfortable 75°F warm 85°F hot 95°F sweltering
The percentage of time spent in various temperature bands. The black line is the percentage chance that a given day is within the growing season.

Growing degree days are a measure of yearly heat accumulation used to predict plant and animal development, and defined as the integral of warmth above a base temperature, discarding any excess above a maximum temperature. In this report, we use a base of 50°F and a cap of 86°F.

The average accumulated growing degree days in Colorado City are very rapidly decreasing during the winter, decreasing by 2,921°F, from 2,954°F to 33°F, over the course of the season.

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in Colorado City

Growing Degree Days in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0°F0°F500°F500°F1,000°F1,000°F1,500°F1,500°F2,000°F2,000°F2,500°F2,500°F3,000°F3,000°FFallSpringDec 12,954°FDec 12,954°FFeb 2733°FFeb 2733°FJan 10°FJan 10°F
The average growing degree days accumulated over the course of the winter, with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Solar Energy

This section discusses the total daily incident shortwave solar energy reaching the surface of the ground over a wide area, taking full account of seasonal variations in the length of the day, the elevation of the Sun above the horizon, and absorption by clouds and other atmospheric constituents. Shortwave radiation includes visible light and ultraviolet radiation.

The average daily incident shortwave solar energy in Colorado City is rapidly increasing during the winter, rising by 1.7 kWh, from 3.0 kWh to 4.6 kWh, over the course of the season.

The lowest average daily incident shortwave solar energy during the winter is 2.7 kWh on December 21.

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in Colorado City

Average Daily Incident Shortwave Solar Energy in the Winter in Colorado CityDecJanFeb0 kWh0 kWh1 kWh1 kWh2 kWh2 kWh3 kWh3 kWh4 kWh4 kWh5 kWh5 kWh6 kWh6 kWh7 kWh7 kWhFallSpringDec 212.7 kWhDec 212.7 kWhDec 13.0 kWhDec 13.0 kWhFeb 284.6 kWhFeb 284.6 kWhFeb 13.5 kWhFeb 13.5 kWh
The average daily shortwave solar energy reaching the ground per square meter (orange line), with 25th to 75th and 10th to 90th percentile bands.

Topography

For the purposes of this report, the geographical coordinates of Colorado City are 37.945 deg latitude, -104.835 deg longitude, and 5,846 ft elevation.

The topography within 2 miles of Colorado City contains significant variations in elevation, with a maximum elevation change of 548 feet and an average elevation above sea level of 5,945 feet. Within 10 miles contains significant variations in elevation (6,296 feet). Within 50 miles also contains extreme variations in elevation (10,026 feet).

The area within 2 miles of Colorado City is covered by grassland (79%) and shrubs (17%), within 10 miles by shrubs (43%) and grassland (40%), and within 50 miles by shrubs (41%) and grassland (34%).

Data Sources

This report illustrates the typical weather in Colorado City, based on a statistical analysis of historical hourly weather reports and model reconstructions from January 1, 1980 to December 31, 2016.

Temperature and Dew Point

There are 3 weather stations near enough to contribute to our estimation of the temperature and dew point in Colorado City.

For each station, the records are corrected for the elevation difference between that station and Colorado City according to the International Standard Atmosphere , and by the relative change present in the MERRA-2 satellite-era reanalysis between the two locations.

The estimated value at Colorado City is computed as the weighted average of the individual contributions from each station, with weights proportional to the inverse of the distance between Colorado City and a given station.

The stations contributing to this reconstruction are: Pueblo Memorial Airport (KPUB, 55%, 48 kilometers, northeast); La Veta Mountain, La Veta Pass (KVTP, 14%, 58 kilometers, southwest); and Perry Stokes Airport (KTAD, 31%, 88 kilometers, southeast).

Other Data

All data relating to the Sun's position (e.g., sunrise and sunset) are computed using astronomical formulas from the book, Astronomical Algorithms 2nd Edition , by Jean Meeus.

All other weather data, including cloud cover, precipitation, wind speed and direction, and solar flux, come from NASA's MERRA-2 Modern-Era Retrospective Analysis . This reanalysis combines a variety of wide-area measurements in a state-of-the-art global meteorological model to reconstruct the hourly history of weather throughout the world on a 50-kilometer grid.

Land Use data comes from the Global Land Cover SHARE database , published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Elevation data comes from the Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM) , published by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Names, locations, and time zones of places and some airports come from the GeoNames Geographical Database .

Time zones for airports and weather stations are provided by AskGeo.com .

Maps are © Esri, with data from National Geographic, Esri, DeLorme, NAVTEQ, UNEP-WCMC, USGS, NASA, ESA, METI, NRCAN, GEBCO, NOAA, and iPC.

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We draw particular cautious attention to our reliance on the MERRA-2 model-based reconstructions for a number of important data series. While having the tremendous advantages of temporal and spatial completeness, these reconstructions: (1) are based on computer models that may have model-based errors, (2) are coarsely sampled on a 50 km grid and are therefore unable to reconstruct the local variations of many microclimates, and (3) have particular difficulty with the weather in some coastal areas, especially small islands.

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