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Old 04-26-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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That's funny because the other day you posted that you liked Denver for it's mediterranean climate.
I have never said that. I said that i chose denver because it is the "CLOSEST" to a mediterranean climate out of the 2 options. Please dont mess up what i typed.
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:18 PM
 
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I have never said that. I said that i chose denver because it is the "CLOSEST" to a mediterranean climate out of the 2 options. Please dont mess up what i typed.
This area has nothing close to a Mediterranean climate! I moved here from LA and the climate is not similar at all!

LA has wet winters. We have months where we've had 5+ inches of rain. We have no rain during the summer. Here, it's the exact opposite! It barely snowed this winter! Just clouds and wind! Last summer there were tornado watches and hailstorms almost daily!

Mediterranean climates also don't experience large temperature swings! In LA if the temperature one day was 5 degrees cooler or warmer than the prior day, people would notice and complain! Here the temperature can shift 5 degrees in under a minute. One day its 50 the next day its 75 and no one bats an eye! In California people would be hospitalized for shock for that kind of weather.

The only thing that reminds me of LA's weather is the downsloping winds that happen here! Unlike here where these winds "warm" Denver to 70 degrees in January, our Santa Ana's have some SoCal cities around 100 degrees in the dead of winter.
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:35 AM
 
Location: Aurora, Colorado
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This area has nothing close to a Mediterranean climate! I moved here from LA and the climate is not similar at all!

LA has wet winters. We have months where we've had 5+ inches of rain. We have no rain during the summer. Here, it's the exact opposite! It barely snowed this winter! Just clouds and wind! Last summer there were tornado watches and hailstorms almost daily!

Mediterranean climates also don't experience large temperature swings! In LA if the temperature one day was 5 degrees cooler or warmer than the prior day, people would notice and complain! Here the temperature can shift 5 degrees in under a minute. One day its 50 the next day its 75 and no one bats an eye! In California people would be hospitalized for shock for that kind of weather.

The only thing that reminds me of LA's weather is the downsloping winds that happen here! Unlike here where these winds "warm" Denver to 70 degrees in January, our Santa Ana's have some SoCal cities around 100 degrees in the dead of winter.
CLOSEST...I know there is a difference. lol
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Old 04-30-2011, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Here you go (derived from NCDC station summaries):

Wolf Creek Pass, CO 46.47
Vallecito, CO 27.77
Rico, CO 26.68
Silverton, CO 25.17
Ouray, CO 24.18
Steamboat Springs, CO 24.1
Ruxton Park, CO 24.05
Crested Butte, CO 23.87
Telluride, CO 23.42
Climax, CO 22.79
Grand Lake, CO 20.75
Boulder, CO 19.93
Cabin Creek, CO 19.43
Evergreen, CO 19.3
Fort Lewis, CO 19.14
Bonny, CO 18.62
Mesa Verde, CO 18.44
Cherry Creek Dam, CO 18.2
Holyoke, CO 18.18
Kassler, CO 18.06
Sedgwick, CO 18.05
Walsh, CO 17.95
Glenwood Springs, CO 17.93
Stratton, CO 17.71
Leroy, CO 17.65
Wray, CO 17.54
Walsenburg, CO 17.44
Colorado Springs, CO 17.4
Castle Rock, CO 17.34
Hayden, CO 17.34
Cheesman, CO 17.25
Julesburg, CO 17.24
Campo, CO 17.21
Bailey, CO 17.1
Holly, CO 17.09
Lakewood, CO 17.06
Springfield, CO 17.04
Altenbern, CO 17
Waterdale, CO 17
Taylor Park, CO 16.96
Yampa, CO 16.69
Sugarloaf, CO 16.67
Akron, CO 16.59
Flagler, CO 16.56
Yuma, CO 16.52
Burlington, CO 16.48
Georgetown, CO 16.37
Meredith, CO 16.35
Sterling, CO 16.29
Trinidad, CO 16.11
Cheyenne Wells, CO 16
Yellow Jacket, CO 15.94
Grant, CO 15.87
Fort Collins, CO 15.84
Lamar, CO 15.82
Denver, CO 15.81
Norwood, CO 15.79
Eads, CO 15.43
Byers, CO 15.34
New Raymer, CO 15.33
Hermit, CO 15.1
Paonia, CO 15.07
Green Mt, CO 14.93
Kit Carson, CO 14.78
Spicer, CO 14.66
Rush, CO 14.53
Lake City, CO 14.23
Greeley, CO 14.22
Westcliffe, CO 14.17
Longmont, CO 14.15
Dillon, CO 14.03
Trinidad AP, CO 14.02
Grand Lake SW, CO 13.98
Briggsdale, CO 13.53
John Martin, CO 13.47
Canon City, CO 13.3
Cortez, CO 13.21
Cimarron, CO 13.16
Fort Morgan, CO 13.13
Las Animas, CO 12.99
Rifle, CO 12.75
Maybell, CO 12.73
Uravan, CO 12.59
Lake George, CO 12.58
Pueblo, CO 12.39
Northdale, CO 12.29
Rocky Ford, CO 11.87
Dinosaur, CO 11.73
La Junta, CO 11.72
Cochetopa Creek, CO 11.67
Gateway, CO 11.6
Walden, CO 11.54
Great Sand Dunes, CO 11.51
Kremmling, CO 11.48
Tacony, CO 11.37
Colorado Natl Monument, CO 11.17
Rangely, CO 11.1
Palisade, CO 10.72
Del Norte, CO 10.46
Buena Vista, CO 10.03
Antero, CO 9.97
Gunnison, CO 9.95
Twin Lakes, CO 9.87
Montrose, CO 9.71
Blue Mesa Lake, CO 9.26
Blanca, CO 9.23
Fruita, CO 9.18
Grand Junction, CO 9.06
Grand Junction AP, CO 8.99
Salida, CO 8.65
Saguache, CO 8.38
Manassa, CO 8.01
Monte Vista, CO 7.92
Alamosa, CO 7.25
Center, CO 6.98

These are liquid precipitation numbers, and count melted snow.

Depending on what one's definition of "city" is, I'd have to say the answer is probably Boulder.

MOD EDIT: Added color red for Front Range areas, if I missed any, send me a DM.

Last edited by Mike from back east; 04-30-2011 at 09:49 AM..
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Old 04-30-2011, 10:22 AM
 
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David,

I actually covered a lot of this in an earlier post. If one is looking for the "highest precipitation" locales in Colorado, your list is useful. If you are looking for the locales with the highest warm-season rain, not very useful at all. For example, Boulder is actually one of the lower warm-season precipitation cities on the Front Range--as are most of the northern Front Range cities. Numerous towns on the Eastern Plains beat them. Are far as a Colorado major city goes, Colorado Springs beats all other major Colorado cities in warm-season precipitation, averaging around 8.3" just in June, July, and August. By comparison, Boulder only gets an average of 5.1" in those three months, just 0.3" more than "arid" Cañon City. (These figures from Weatherbase - Travel, Vacation and Weather Averages and Records )
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Old 04-30-2011, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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David,

I actually covered a lot of this in an earlier post. If one is looking for the "highest precipitation" locales in Colorado, your list is useful. If you are looking for the locales with the highest warm-season rain, not very useful at all. For example, Boulder is actually one of the lower warm-season precipitation cities on the Front Range--as are most of the northern Front Range cities. Numerous towns on the Eastern Plains beat them. Are far as a Colorado major city goes, Colorado Springs beats all other major Colorado cities in warm-season precipitation, averaging around 8.3" just in June, July, and August. By comparison, Boulder only gets an average of 5.1" in those three months, just 0.3" more than "arid" Cañon City. (These figures from Weatherbase - Travel, Vacation and Weather Averages and Records )
I was curious, so here's a list of the same stations with only June, July, and August rain tallied (I'll bold the Front Range ones):

Ruxton Park, CO 10.23
Wolf Creek Pass, CO 10.12
Colorado Springs, CO BING! BING! BING! (good going Jazz ) 8.67
Leroy, CO 8.29
Walsh, CO 8.19
Stratton, CO 8.19
Holly, CO 8.00
Campo, CO 7.93
Bonny, CO 7.68
Flagler, CO 7.68
Holyoke, CO 7.64
Burlington, CO 7.55
Akron, CO 7.49
Cheyenne Wells, CO 7.49
Wray, CO 7.44
Vallecito, CO 7.41
Sedgwick, CO 7.36
Sterling, CO 7.36
Cheesman, CO 7.24
Rush, CO 7.23
Yuma, CO 7.19
Rico, CO 7.17
New Raymer, CO 7.15
Eads, CO 7.11
Silverton, CO 7.09
Julesburg, CO 7.07
Trinidad, CO 7.06
Cabin Creek, CO 7.05
Kit Carson, CO 7.00
Bailey, CO 6.99
Springfield, CO 6.95
Lamar, CO 6.89
Evergreen, CO 6.72
Cherry Creek Dam, CO (near the reservoir/Parker Rd-I-225) 6.51
Castle Rock, CO 6.45
Grant, CO 6.42
Briggsdale, CO 6.39
Telluride, CO 6.29
John Martin, CO 6.27
Lake George, CO 6.11
Byers, CO 6.00
Georgetown, CO 5.96
Lakewood, CO 5.87
Trinidad AP, CO 5.85
Walsenburg, CO 5.83
Grand Lake, CO 5.75
Tacony, CO 5.66
Pueblo, CO 5.64
Westcliffe, CO 5.57
Denver, CO 5.54
Hermit, CO 5.53
Ouray, CO 5.51
Boulder, CO 5.50
Fort Morgan, CO 5.49
Climax, CO 5.46
Las Animas, CO 5.39
Waterdale, CO 5.38
Fort Collins, CO 5.26
Fort Lewis, CO 5.21
Kassler, CO (near Lockheed Martin/Chatfield) 5.09
Crested Butte, CO 5.07
Canon City, CO 5.07
Yampa, CO 5.05
Antero, CO 5.04
Rocky Ford, CO 5.01
Lake City, CO 5.00
La Junta, CO 4.98
Sugarloaf, CO 4.92
Norwood, CO 4.69
Meredith, CO 4.67
Dillon, CO 4.62
Great Sand Dunes, CO 4.52
Taylor Park, CO 4.48
Grand Lake SW, CO 4.44
Greeley, CO 4.40
Steamboat Springs, CO 4.35
Spicer, CO 4.35
Del Norte, CO 4.30
Mesa Verde, CO 4.21
Green Mt, CO 4.14
Longmont, CO 4.14
Cochetopa Creek, CO 4.04
Buena Vista, CO 3.98
Hayden, CO 3.84
Twin Lakes, CO 3.79
Yellow Jacket, CO 3.77
Kremmling, CO 3.76
Glenwood Springs, CO 3.68
Altenbern, CO 3.68
Blanca, CO 3.67
Saguache, CO 3.62
Salida, CO 3.61
Gunnison, CO 3.54
Cimarron, CO 3.42
Walden, CO 3.39
Monte Vista, CO 3.31
Manassa, CO 3.15
Uravan, CO 3.10
Northdale, CO 3.10
Center, CO 3.08
Blue Mesa Lake, CO 3.06
Cortez, CO 3.03
Paonia, CO 3.02
Rifle, CO 2.94
Gateway, CO 2.86
Rangely, CO 2.73
Alamosa, CO 2.72
Dinosaur, CO 2.70
Maybell, CO 2.68
Montrose, CO 2.68
Colorado National Monument, CO 2.56
Palisade, CO 2.26
Fruita, CO 2.01
Grand Junction, CO 2.01
Grand Junction AP, CO 1.91
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Old 04-30-2011, 01:58 PM
 
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Thanks, David. The summer pattern is pretty obvious. The wettest locales are generally in the foothill locations from the Palmer Divide south, with a few in the high San Juan Mountains of southwest Colorado, along with a number of locales on the Eastern Plains. The drier locales in summer are in the interior valleys (San Luis Valley, Upper Gunnison Valley, etc.), the Plains areas east of the foothills but not in far eastern Colorado, and the lower valleys of western Colorado.

A couple of noteworthy places: Ruxton Park is on the north side of Pikes Peak at a relatively high elevation. Pikes Peak generates numerous thunderstorms in summer, and many of those storms slide off of the peak right over Ruxton Park. Wolf Creek Pass is another--it sits at around 10,000 feet and--second only to the area around Cumbres Pass on the Colorado/New Mexico border--is one of the wettest locales in Colorado in both winter and summer. Interestingly, both Cumbres Pass and Wolf Creek Pass can show huge variation in annual precipitation from year-to-year--some of the biggest variation in the state. Cumbres can see years with over 20-30 FEET of total snow over the winter, with the next year possibly getting only 10 feet or so. For total winter and summer precipitation, Rico and Silverton in the high San Juan Mountains are probably the two consistently wettest towns in Colorado that are occupied year-round.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:01 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Ruxton Park is on the north side of Pikes Peak at a relatively high elevation.
If one ever takes the cog railway up to Pikes Peak, you pass by Ruxton Park on the way up.

IIRC, per the guide, there are only two residents of the "town", a retired couple from Oregon that only lives there part of the year. I believe he said their driveway was something like 11 miles long.

Pretty place.
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