July not really that wet for Aspen
A rainy second half of July had Aspen residents and visitors reaching for umbrellas and scrambling for cover, but the month was only slightly above average for precipitation.
The Aspen Water Plant recorded 1.86 inches of rain, according to a monthly report released Monday. The average is 1.74 inches, the report said.
The month started off dry, with no rain over the first 10 days. There were seven days with rain between July 11 and 29, but to that point the month was still well below average for precipitation, the water plant’s report showed. The skies finally opened July 29 and 30, when 1.05 inches of rain fell. Another 0.11 inches fell on July 31.
July 2013 was significantly wetter, with 2.4 inches of rain. No snow fell at the water plant during the month either year.
Aspenites might have perceived July to be wet after June was so dry. The water plant’s report for June showed only 0.30 inches of rainfall. That’s well below the average for the month of 1.24 inches.
Rain fell in Aspen only six days in June, and more than 0.1 inches of moisture fell only once.
Aspen is well above average for precipitation for the year. The Aspen Water Plant has recorded 15.22 inches of precipitation for the year thus far. The average is 13.07, according to the reports for January through July.
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