Why Is Colorado Springs A Great Place To Live? – The Colorado Springs Climate.
Contrary to what people believe, Colorado Springs has a relatively mild climate. Yes, we do get snow and sometimes it can be quite substantial, but it seldom remains for more than a few days.
We have lived here since the summer of 2002 and I remember 2006 where we had 3 blizzards in a row. We called them our holiday blizzards: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. The schools used up all their snow days before the New Year and extended the school day 20 minutes for the rest of the year to build up more snow days. Surprisingly, we had no more significant snow falls for the rest of the winter and the schools were closed two days early for the summer.
Just a quick story about snow in Colorado Springs. In March 2009, we had clients in town from Florida. It started to snow while we were out showing properties. By noon it was snowing so hard, they decided to call it a day. We received about 8 inches of snow that day We were concerned that it would really discourage our clients from moving here. But the next day, our clients drove their rental car to a restaurant for breakfast and by noon the snow was gone on the roads altogether. They were back out by early afternoon pounding the pavement viewing more homes.
I like to brag that with the Colorado Springs climate we see the sun 360 days a year. Now they aren’t all sunny days, but we see the sun almost every day. Because we are at an altitude of 6500 feet, you can expect the sun to be more intense. This is why the snow melts quickly and why all doctors will recommend moisturizers with sunscreen and hats when outside.
High on my list is that we have only a few bothersome insects, the worst being the little flies in late summer. We often leave our sliding door and screen door in the kitchen open for easy access. In early to mid-summer, sitting outside eating dinner is a pleasure. Occasionally, you have to swat at flies or bees, but typically, there are no problems. Ants in the house can also be a problem, but being vigilant with the ant repellants is all that is needed. Spiders, mosquitoes, Japanese beetles, and other common bugs in other climates seem to be non-existent in Colorado Springs. Oh, and did I mention that I haven’t seen the first flea on our pets!
Ok, rain is where the Colorado Springs climate lacks. Normally, during the summer, we get thunderstorms in the afternoon which clears up for the rest of the evening. But since 2002, this has only been the norm for about three or four years. Rain is scarce, leaving the open areas dry and often brown by July or August. But when we do get rain it is a very welcomed site. Sometimes it can be intense with heavy downpours or hail, so we watch the radars closely and if there is a chance for hail, we cover all our delicate plants.
Humidity in Colorado Springs is very low most of the year. During the two or three rainy weeks in the summer, is the only time the humidity will remain above 50%. You will seldom see your ice cold drinking glass sweating, which is a tall tale sign of high humidity in the air. Because of this, the hottest days can be uncomfortable indoors, but manageable in the shade. For a couple weeks in the summer, you can expect temperatures in the mid 90’s. This is the only time we find it necessary to turn on the air conditioning, and even then it is only from about 2:00 PM until 7:00 PM when the sun sets behind the mountains and cools off the air. An attic fan makes night time sleeping comfortable bringing cooler outside air into the home. When our family visits from the Midwest, they often comment that during the hottest temperatures, it still feels 20 degrees cooler than where they live because of the low humidity. I like to brag that we never have bad hair days (at least if your hair is affected by humidity).
Yes, this can be a bit of a problem for those who have breathing issues or smoke or have smoked for extended periods of time in the past. If you or your doctor are concerned about the altitude and your body’s ability to handle it, we recommend an extended visit before purchasing a home. It is also recommended that you load up on drinking water a couple days before your arrival to ward off altitude sickness.
By Nancy Murray
Murray & Associates, Keller Williams Colorado Springs