How Rainy Is It?


  • Catalin Petolea/SHUTTERSTOCK
Word on the street is this summer has been unusually wet.

Quoth the audience: "How wet is it?"

Why, it's so wet the city has had less precipitation than normal. The National Weather Service has measured 13.03 inches of rain and snow so far this year, as of August 25. Taking data from 1981 to 2010, we usually have 13.26 inches by the 25th of August. So we're pretty close to average, and only half an inch of precipitation drier than last year.

But that's not the whole story. In August, we've had 2.32 inches of rain – about half an inch short of average. Last August, we had 5.65 inches. So last summer was quite a bit rainier.

In a normal year, the Springs averages 16.54 inches of precipitation. Last year, we hit 19.22 inches. For contrast, we had only 8.11 inches of precipitation in 2012. Depending on this winter, we might be on the way to another wetter-than-average year.

As for our water storage, we're doing much better than last year. Colorado Springs Utilities reports we have 80.3 percent of the water we can store, as of August 17. At the same time last year, we had only 56.3 percent of what we can store.

So how wet is it?

Wetter than it has been — but nothing to write home about.

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