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It’s getting hotter here

Aspen Times Staff
Aspen, CO Colorado

ASPEN ” If July seemed hot in Aspen that’s because it was. Daytime high temperatures were five degrees warmer than the historical average for Aspen, according to city environmentalists.

That’s consistent with what scientists believe should be happening in Aspen as a result of global warming. The entire northwest third of the United States, including most of Colorado, was much hotter this July than historic averages, according to the most recent report by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

This was the third warmest July for high temperatures over the last 16 years of records. Overnight lows in Aspen this July were 2.4 degrees warmer than the historical average. Temperature data is collected at the Aspen Water Department.

While it is apparent that temperatures now are warmer than they have been historically, it is not always obvious that the warming has been continuing even compared to the recent past, city officials said.

Low temperatures have been increasing in each of the 12 months, with the greatest nighttime warming in November, December, June and July. High temperatures have been increasing over the last 16 years in most months, with small decreases in some months. The greatest daytime warming appears to be happening in July, November and April.

According to the Aspen Global Warming website,, individual choices that people make are the solution to global warming, and many steps actually save people money.

The website lists 10 steps individuals can take to help with global warming, including sealing air leaks in the home, looking for energy star appliances that use less energy, turning off appliances and lights when they’re not in use, buying a more efficient car and eating locally-grown food.