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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
945 PM MDT FRI JUL 13 2018  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-160345-  
945 PM MDT FRI JUL 13 2018  
   
..EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT DEVELOPS ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO
 
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
WEATHER SYSTEMS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE HAVE BROUGHT SOME  
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE STATE OF COLORADO. HOWEVER, THE BULK OF THE  
PRECIPITATION HAS BEEN FOCUSED ACROSS NORTHERN AND EXTREME EASTERN  
PORTIONS OF THE STATE, WITH THE PRECIPITATION RECEIVED ACROSS SOUTH  
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO MORE SPOTTY, AND NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME  
THE EXTREMELY WARM AND DRY WEATHER THAT HAS BEEN EXPERIENCED OVER PAST  
SEVERAL MONTHS.  
 
WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR, ISSUED THURSDAY JULY  
12TH, 2018 IS NOW INDICATING EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS  
ACROSS EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY, NORTH CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, OTERO  
COUNTY, THE SOUTHERN 2/3RDS OF CROWLEY COUNTY, SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS  
OF KIOWA COUNTY, AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF BENT COUNTY. THE LATEST US  
DROUGHT MONITOR IS ALSO INDICATING SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT  
CONDITION ACROSS EXTREME EASTERN PORTIONS OF KIOWA, PROWERS AND BACA  
COUNTIES, WHICH ARE NOW DEPICTED IN MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS.  
 
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS THE SANGRE  
DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHERN COLORADO, WHICH INCLUDES PORTIONS OF  
COSTILLA, LAS ANIMAS, HUERFANO, ALAMOSA, CUSTER AND SAGUACHE COUNTIES.  
 
EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE DEPICTED ACROSS MINERAL,  
RIO GRANDE AND CONEJOS COUNTIES, SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SAGUACHE COUNTY,  
AND THE REST OF ALAMOSA AND COSTILLA COUNTIES. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3)  
CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF FREMONT AND  
EL PASO COUNTIES, THE REST OF CUSTER, PUEBLO, HUERFANO, LAS ANIMAS,  
CROWLEY AND BENT COUNTIES. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO  
INDICATED ACROSS WESTERN KIOWA, PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.  
 
SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE DEPICTED ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN  
PORTIONS OF LAKE COUNTY, CHAFFEE COUNTY, AND THE REST OF SAGUACHE AND  
FREMONT COUNTIES. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED  
ACROSS SOUTHERN TELLER COUNTY, MOST OF THE REST OF EL PASO COUNTY,  
AS WELL AS CENTRAL PORTIONS OF KIOWA, PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.  
 
MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS THE REST  
OF LAKE COUNTY, NORTHERN TELLER COUNTY AND NORTHWESTERN EL PASO  
COUNTY.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUSDM/DROUGHTCLASSIFICATION.ASPX  
 
DROUGHT IMPACTS...  
 
FIRE DANGER...  
 
WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE REGION OVER THE PAST SEVERAL  
MONTHS, COMBINED WITH ABUNDANT CURED FUELS, HAS ALLOWED FOR MODERATE  
TO HIGH FIRE DANGER TO PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND  
SOUTHEAST COLORADO. SEVERAL LARGE AND DESTRUCTIVE WILDFIRES HAVE BEEN  
REPORTED ACROSS THE STATE OVER THE PAST MONTH, INCLUDING THE SPRING,  
CHATEAU, WESTON PASS AND ADOBE FIRES ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND  
SOUTHEAST COLORADO. WITH THAT SAID, MANY LAND MANAGEMENT AGENCIES  
CONTINUE TO ENFORCE STRICT FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS.  
 
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML  
 
AGRICULTURAL...  
 
THE VERY WARM AND DRY CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE LAST SEVERAL  
MONTHS CONTINUES TO DRY OUT SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND  
SOUTHEAST COLORADO, WITH THE GREATEST DEFICITS BEING REALIZED ACROSS  
THE SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS. THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT  
ALSO INDICATES 45 PERCENT OF TOPSOIL AND 43 PERCENT OF SUBSOIL MOISTURE  
REPORTED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT ACROSS THE STATE, AS COMPARED TO 40  
PERCENT AND 39 PERCENT OF TOPSOIL AND SUBSOIL MOISTURE REPORTED AS  
SHORT OR VERY SHORT LAST WEEK.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
WITH THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS, WATER STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE FELL  
TO 82 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THE END OF JUNE, AS COMPARED TO  
107 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
HOWEVER, DATA FOR ALL RESERVOIR'S ACROSS THE STATE DID NOT MAKE IT  
INTO THE JULY 1ST STORAGE REPORT.  
 
THE LACK OF WINTER SNOWPACK AND RUNOFF HAS ALSO PROMPTED SOME WATER  
RESTRICTIONS ACROSS THE STATE, INCLUDING THE BEULAH AREA IN SOUTHWESTERN  
PUEBLO COUNTY.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF JUNE  
WAS 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING JUNE OF 2018, TIED WITH JUNE OF  
1981 AND 1952, AS THE 5TH WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA  
RECORDED 0.62 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE,  
WHICH IS 0.13 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH  
OF JUNE WAS 6.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING JUNE OF 2018 THE 2ND WARMEST  
JUNE ON RECORD IN COLORADO SPRINGS. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 1.43 INCHES  
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE, WHICH IS 1.07 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF JUNE  
WAS 6.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING JUNE OF 2018 THE 2ND WARMEST  
JUNE ON RECORD IN PUEBLO. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.17 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE. THIS IS 1.19 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, AND  
MAKES JUNE OF 2018 THE 11TH DRIEST JUNE ON RECORD IN PUEBLO.  
 
HERE ARE A FEW OTHER STATISTICS FOR SELECT SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO LOCATIONS, INDICATING OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND  
DEPARTURE FROM NORMALS FOR THE PAST MONTH, PAST 3 MONTHS, PAST 6  
MONTHS AND PAST 365 DAYS:  
   
..............PAST........PAST 3......PAST 6.......PAST 365.....
 
   
..............MONTH.......MONTHS......MONTHS.......DAYS.........
 
   
..............TOTAL/DEP...TOTAL/DEP...TOTAL/DEP....TOTAL/DEP....
 
   
..............INCHES......INCHES......INCHES.......INCHES.......
 
 
ALS AIRPORT 0.62/-0.13 0.96/-0.70 1.42/-1.29 7.68/+0.37  
COS AIRPORT 1.43/-1.07 3.97/-1.98 5.13/-2.48 16.95/+0.41  
PUB AIRPORT 0.17/-1.19 1.24/-3.03 2.11/-3.74 7.47/-5.10  
 
EADS 0.80/-1.43 3.31/-2.62 4.07/-3.58 15.42/-0.26  
LAMAR 1.04/-1.31 2.84/-2.85 3.26/-3.94 16.39/+1.19  
CAMPO 7S 1.29/-1.17 2.84/-3.05 2.96/-4.66 18.14/+1.18  
WALSH 1W 2.34/-0.35 5.34/-1.13 5.82/-2.70 20.33/+1.17  
KIM 15NNE 0.11/-1.85 1.61/-3.92 2.97/-4.87 16.08/-0.76  
FLORISSANT 0.47/-1.42 2.09/-3.01 3.12/-4.11 15.06/-1.82  
CANON CITY 0.03/-1.09 2.01/-1.80 3.30/-2.85 12.74/-0.73  
RYE 1SW 0.43/-2.44 1.85/-6.18 4.42/-8.62 17.95/-7.16  
WESTCLIFFE 0.07/-0.94 0.93/-3.04 2.23/-4.14 10.05/-4.55  
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.43/-1.11 1.94/-3.60 3.90/-5.35 13.83/-4.21  
TRINIDAD 0.14/-1.57 1.29/-3.42 2.81/-4.16 14.54/-1.77  
CRESTONE 2SE 1.49/+0.49 2.11/-1.03 2.79/-2.49 10.96/-2.30  
DEL NORTE 2E 0.59/-0.16 1.05/-1.36 2.15/-1.84 7.96/-2.60  
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.19/-0.69 1.28/-1.67 1.80/-2.56 8.06/-2.53  
CLIMAX 1.29/-0.04 6.62/+0.89 12.91/+1.23 26.07/+2.09  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES  
BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION ACROSS  
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST JULY,  
AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER INDICATE BETTER CHANCES FOR WARMER THAN NORMAL  
TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE, BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA, SAVE A SLIGHT NOD TO ABOVE NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION ACROSS WESTERN COLORADO AND INTO SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY AUGUST 9TH, 2018, OR SOONER  
IF NECESSARY, IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.  
 

 
 
RELATED WEB SITES...  
 
ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONS ON CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS MAY BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU  
 
WWW.WEATHER.GOV/PUB/LOCALDROUGHTMONITOR  
 
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...  
 
THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING THE NATIONAL  
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER, NOAA'S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE, THE USDA  
AND STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS. INFORMATION FOR THIS  
STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES,  
COLORADO COOPERATIVE EXTENSION SERVICES, THE USDA, USACE AND USGS.  
 
QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...  
 
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS ABOUT THIS DROUGHT INFORMATION  
STATEMENT, PLEASE CONTACT:  
 
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE FOREST OFFICE  
3 EATON WAY  
PUEBLO, COLORADO 81007  
PHONE: 719-948-9429  
 
OR  
 
W-PUB.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV  
 

 
 
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