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Are we setting records for rainy days? What does it mean for winter?

COLORADO SPRINGS - How much has it rained? Is it a record year? More importantly, when will it end? We have the answers to most of those questions.

During the month of July, there were only eight days where the gauges at the Colorado Springs Airport didn’t measure any meaningful rain. However, there were other parts of El Paso county that did, so the jury’s still out on whether we can say that it rained every day in July this year.

We still have a long way to go, if it’s going to be the wettest summer in history for Colorado Springs. The National Weather Service looks at the time frame between June 1 and August 30, aka the meteorological summer.

The wettest summer on record is 16.85 inches, recorded in 1965.

So far, we have recorded 9.08 inches since June 1 and 15.2 inches since January 1.

August has seen 2.35 inches so far.

Stormtracker 13’s Mike Everett says that regardless of whether it’s a record breaker, there are some distinct benefits from all this moisture.

“The greening of the grass, trees, and bushes is deepening our root structures, helping to stabilize the burn scars, especially the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest scars. We haven’t had any red flags or other fire warnings issued since June and southern Colorado is completely drought free – we’re in very good shape going into the drier months of fall," said Everett. 

Speaking of fall, that’s when we expect this monsoonal flow to finally slow down. Typically, the pattern changes in September, but pinning down an exact date and just how much more rain we’ll get before then will be difficult.

One thing’s for sure, it won’t be anytime soon. Daily storm chances are in the forecast for at least the next seven days.

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