May warmer than usual in Avon |

May warmer than usual in Avon

Nicole Frey
Shane Macomber/Vail DailyWind whips Avon flags on a bright spring day. Continuing a warming trend, May boasted higher average temperatures than in the past.

AVON – A snowy early winter, which gave way to a lackluster season’s end, caused the Eagle River in Avon to peak during the early morning hours May 23 at about 2,750 cubic feet per second, local weather watcher Frank Doll said. The number fell short of the record 3,200 cubic feet per second taken June 17, 1995.

The coldest day of the month ” 27 degrees Fahrenheit ” on May 11, gave way to warmer temperatures, escalating to 87 degrees May 25. The average high temperature settled at a comfortable 74.6 degrees, lower than the 92 degree record in 2003.

Avon’s daily average temperature in May was recorded as 56 degrees, higher than the 50.5 degrees average over the past 22 years. The average low temperature was a chillier, but bearable 37.9, significantly warmer than the record low of 16 degrees in 2002.

May in Avon was also drier than usual, receiving 1.04 inches of precipitation as opposed 1.65 inches, the average from 1985 to 2006, but local experts say the Vail Valley isn’t in water trouble this year.

Staff Writer Nicole Frey can be reached at 748-2927 or

Vail, Colorado

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