Learn About Colorado's Climate

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.

Climate Description

Everything you need to know about Colorado's climate is here, in this comprehensive text description.

El Niño-Southern Oscillation

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.

Snow

Snow is our state's most important resource - it provides water for us, our agricultural lands and for 7 other states! Learn about the climatology of snow in Colorado, and check on the latest status of snowpack.

Colorado Wine Grapes

We've been researching the viability of growing wine grapes in Colorado's climate. Get our results here.

Climate Smart Agriculture

Check here for resources to help you better prepare your crop and grazing lands in Colorado's changing climate.

North American Monsoon

The North American Monsoon is a recurring persistent pattern in the late summer that brings moisture to much of the southwestern U.S. Read more about how it impacts precipitation in Colorado.