Longmont saw nearly 30% more rainfall this summer compared to last year, making the season slightly wetter than historic averages.
According to the Colorado Climate Center, Longmont saw just over 5 inches of rain in June, July and August. In 2021, the same three month span saw 3.87 inches of rain, while 2020 received 3.37 inches, 2019 saw 7.66 inches and 2018 got 5.5 inches.
Temperature wise, the summer was hotter than average for Longmont with the July temperature average 91 degrees.
Statewide, Colorado saw 0.54 inches more precipitation from June to August compared to historic data, but temperatures were 2.9 degrees warmer making it the sixth warmest summer in state history.
The slight increase in moisture has helped somewhat with the short-term drought situation, but forecasters are worried that high heat and a dry fall could worsen conditions.
According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the Longmont area as of Sept. 8 is abnormally dry along with 37.9% of the state. In west Boulder County and over much of the mountains, about 15% of the state, there are currently no short-term drought conditions.
At the beginning of the calendar year, the entire state was in moderate drought or worse.
This time last year, 47.4% of the state was considered drought free. Less than one percent of the state is experiencing the worst drought conditions, exceptional drought, which is an improvement compared to last year when about 4% of the state fell into that category.