Temperature hits record in Aspen | AspenTimes.com

Temperature hits record in Aspen

Janet Urquhart
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO, Colorado

ASPEN – Aspen wasn’t just warm this week. It was record-breaking warm.

The temperature hit 75 degrees Monday afternoon, setting not only a record high for the date but a record high for the month of April, according to local weather blogger Ryan Boudreau, who maintains the local forecasting website aspenweather.net along with Cory Gates.

The previous record for April was 73 degrees, according to data maintained at the Aspen-Pitkin County Airport, he said. The weather records date back to 1945.

“We’re talking about 75-degree days in April – I’m usually skiing powder right now,” Boudreau said.

On Tuesday morning, aspenweather.net confirmed the record high, proclaiming, “Wow! Very rare occurrence and probably won’t happen again for a long time – maybe in your lifetime!”

Tuesday’s high in Aspen reached 73 degrees, tying the old record for the month before lower temperatures pushed into the area Wednesday.

In Grand Junction, the high hit 89 degrees on Monday afternoon, setting a new daily record for the date and tying the record for the month, according to the National Weather Service. It hit 89 degrees in Grand Junction again Tuesday, a record for the month first set in 1992, according to the weather service.

The weather service said Denver International Airport hit 88 degrees Tuesday afternoon, breaking the previous record for April 24 of 85 degrees, set in 1949.

Pueblo had a high of 92 degrees Tuesday to break the old mark of 89 degrees, set in 1996.

The ridge of high pressure that parked over the West and brought the string of unseasonably warm days to Aspen has finally been pushed aside by a trough of low pressure that is expected to produce rain showers Thursday. Noticeably lower temperatures are forecast Friday, along with the potential for more showers, according to aspenweather.net.


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