The Denver Post reported this week that, pending verification by the Colorado Climate Center and the National Weather Service, Colorado might have hit its all-time hottest temperature on record last month.
A reading of 115 degrees was observed at the John Martin Dam, near Lamar, in southeast Colorado on July 20, according to the National Weather Service (NWS) office in Pueblo’s database. While NWS Pueblo said last week that they had “no reason to believe it is a bad reading,” the record must pass a verification process before officially etching its way into the history books.
Colorado’s current all-time hottest temperature on record is 114 degrees, which has been officially set on two different occasions. The most recent instance was in Sedgwick on July 11, 1954. The first 114-degree reading took place on July 1, 1933, in Las Animas.
In order to properly verify the possible new 115-degree record, the Colorado Climate Center and the NWS office in Pueblo must ensure that the data is accurate. That may potentially include a visit to the site the reading was taken at to make sure no new installations — think heat-absorbing concrete or sand — may have artificially inflated the number.
Yet the Denver Post reported that initial indications show the reading is accurate.