Climate: Colorado Springs and the Pikes Peak region
is, by far, one of the sunniest places in the country. Annually, we
have over 300 days of sunshine. Even during deep winter, when
temperatures are at their lowest, our skies are often clear and
sunny. This is why its important to dress appropriately.
summer mornings are typically mild, dry and very comfortable, but an occasional
dip in temperatures can leave the mornings quite cool. Because of our
dry climate and higher altitude, our hottest of summer days (90s and low 100s)
can be quite intense. This is when you want to drink plenty of water
and use sunscreen. Once our sun sets behind beautiful Pikes Peak, the
cooler temperatures return.
A common misconception about Colorado Springs
and the Pikes Peak region is that our winters and heavy snowfall begin in
October. Actually, the fall months and many days in January and
February are still sunny and relatively mild. The biggest difference
between these months and our summers is that the temperatures are just
lower. The months when snowfall accumulation is at its highest here
are March, April and even May. Fortunately, snowy conditions usually
dissipate quickly because of Colorado's low humidity and intense
sun. The first sign of snow can be as early as September and the last
sign of snow can be as late as July or August.
Winter weather brings poor visibility and slippery
roadways. Here are some tips to reduce your chances of having an
-- Remember the key to bad weather driving is to take it
-- Pick up speed slowly. Accelerating too quickly can cause
loss of traction and spinning wheels or a skid on icy roads.
-- NEVER slam on
the brakes. This could cause the brakes to lock and result in your
losing steering control. Instead, take it easy. Just squeeze the
brake pedal down until you feel the brakes are about to lock up; let off the
brake and then squeeze again.
Smart winter travelers keep an eye on
weather reports to avoid heading out into blizzard conditions, and many carry
emergency kits with flashlights, ice scrapers, blankets, food, and
water. If you do end up getting stuck, it's almost always safest to
stay with your vehicle and wait for help.
Normal annual precipitation
Average days of sunshine per year
Average humidity ...................... 63%
Average annual snowfall (Sep-Jun) ...................
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