There are so many variables that make the climate of Colorado exciting to study and
challenging to predict! Being located in the middle latitudes is ideal for
experiencing active weather patterns year-round. Colorado's interior continental location,
combined with complex topography, results in dramatic climate differences from place to
place and from year to year. Colorado is also known as a "Headwater" state - with some of
the highest elevations in the United States located near and along the Continental Divide,
waters for 4 major river basins begin within our borders! Combine all these complicated factors,
and a fascinating and diverse climate for each corner of the state emerges.
Explore interactive maps and tools to see how Colorado's temperature and precipitation
has been changing since 1895, using NOAA data.
View the most recent monthly "state of the climate" summary for Colorado here.
Look through the historical database of severe weather in Colorado, including tornado tracks,
hail and high wind events. Check out the interactive map, or look at charts to see
when severe weather happens throughout the year.
We've been researching the viability of growing wine grapes in Colorado's climate.
Get our results here.
Check here for resources to help you better prepare your crop and grazing lands in
Colorado's changing climate.
Everything you need to know about Colorado's climate is here, in this comprehensive text
Better known to the general public as El Niño, ENSO is an oceanic and atmospheric pattern
(with a 2 to 7 year cycle) that can affect climate variability around the globe. Learn how ENSO
can impact Colorado's weather, and get the latest ENSO updates.