What are Weather Patterns?
Weather patterns show consistency in the temperature of weather. An example of weather patterns is how summer always has more precipitation and overall warmer weather and winter always has snowy, dry, and cold weather tendencies.
There are many different weather patterns throughout Colorado. Surprisingly weather patterns change a lot from area to area in Colorado. Some of these areas are the plains, mountains, Western Colorado, and the Eastern plains.
The Plains in Colorado have a lot of patterns from season to season. During Spring on the plains there are high chances of changing weather. There is always a blizzard or two, big temperature changes, soaking rain, and wet snow. Summers in the plains always have patterns of low-humidity with blazing hot days and cooler nights. There are frequent thunderstorms and bad hailstorms. Fall time in the plains is always pretty normal and has patterns of being dry. The Winter has patterns of wind blown snow, cold temperatures, and some warmer days.
There are many weather patterns in the Eastern plains in Colorado. Some of the patterns include low humidity, lots of sunshine, infrequent rains and snow, moderate to high wind movement, and a bigger daily and seasonal range in temperature. In the Summer time the pattern that stands out is how hot it gets. The temperature can range from about 95 degrees F and above. Another majior pattern in the Eastern plains has to do with precipitation. 70 to 80 percent of the rain in the Eastern plains falls during the growing season from April to September.
There are some different weather patterns in the mountains due to high elevation. An interesting pattern in the mountains is in the Summer afternoon temperatures decrease about 4-5 degrees F for every thousand feet. Normally in July afternoons temperatures are around the 70's and 80's while you are in the lower valleys but when you in the higher mountains the temperature is only around 50's and 60's. The temperatures especially drop at night time.
In Western Colorado one pattern is winter weather is colder but less wild and not as many changes than there are east of the mountains. The pattern of temperatures in Western Colorado can drop below zero. Western Colorado can get quite a bit of rain and other precipitation. Since Western Colorado has the pattern of high precipitation they can grow lots of things there.
There are patterns of thunderstorms in the eastern plains and along the eastern slopes of the mountains during spring and summer. Tornadoes are quite common in the Eastern plains and Eastern Colorado. The pattern of lightning has become one of the biggest weather hazards in Colorado.