Saturday, November 7, 2009

Why are nights so much colder in Pueblo?

If you're a weather watcher (and you should be, because as Ben Franklin said, "some are weatherwise, some are otherwise"), you've probably noticed that often the overnight lows in Pueblo are colder than the readings from Colorado Springs.

At first glance, it doesn't seem logical, because Pueblo is further south and lower in elevation, and those are both factors that should keep it warmer.....but....the big difference is the Arkansas River.

It's a perfect channel for cold air, either from the higher elevations, or from the eastern Plains to find its way directly into the city.

Colorado Springs doesn't have a major river channel running through town to accomplish the same thing (Fountain Creek doesn't count)...and that's the major reason for the difference (with tonight being a good example).

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