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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
730 PM MST THU JAN 11 2018  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-140230-  
730 PM MST THU JAN 11 2018  
   
..MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT EXPANDS ACROSS SOUTHERN COLORADO
 
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
AFTER A RELATIVELY WET LATE SUMMER AND EARLY FALL, ESPECIALLY ACROSS  
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO, A VERY WARM AND DRY LATE FALL AND EARLY WINTER  
HAS BROUGHT ON MODERATE TO SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS TO MUCH OF THE  
AREA.  
 
WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR, ISSUED THURSDAY JANUARY  
11TH, 2018, HAS INTRODUCED SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS TO MINERAL  
COUNTY, AS WELL AS EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF SAGUACHE COUNTY,  
WESTERN PORTIONS OF RIO GRANDE COUNTY AND EXTREME NORTHWESTERN  
PORTIONS OF CONEJOS COUNTY. MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS HAVE  
EXPANDED ACROSS MOST OF THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO INCLUDING THE REST OF SAUGACHE, RIO GRANDE AND CONEJOS  
COUNTIES, AS WELL AS ALAMOSA COUNTY, CUSTER COUNTY AND COSTILLA  
COUNTY. MODERATE (D1) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS MOST OF  
TELLER COUNTY AND EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY, AS WELL AS ALL OF EL PASO,  
PUEBLO, HUERFANO, LA ANIMAS, CROWLEY, OTERO, KIOWA, BENT, PROWERS AND  
BACA COUNTIES.  
 
WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUS/CLASSIFICATIONSCHEME.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 DEVELOP AND PERSIST ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH  
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.  
 
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML  
 
AGRICULTURAL...  
 
DESPITE A WET SPRING AND LATE SUMMER, ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST  
PLAINS, THE VERY WARM AND DRY LATE FALL AND EARLY WINTER HAS HELPED  
TO DRY OUT SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO. THE VERY WARM AND DRY LATE FALL AND EARLY WINTER ALSO HAS  
HURT WINTER WHEAT CROPS ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
ACCORDING TO THE COLORADO STATE OFFICE OF THE NATIONAL RESOURCES  
CONSERVATION SERVICE (NRCS), THE START OF THE 2018 WATER YEAR HAS BEEN  
ONE OF THE DRIEST ON RECORD FOR COLORADO.  
 
THE JANUARY 1ST STATEWIDE SNOWPACK CAME IN AT ONLY 54 PERCENT OF  
MEDIAN AND IS ONLY 49 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME  
TIME LAST YEAR. THIS IS DUE TO AT LATE SEASON STORM THAT BROUGHT  
ABUNDANT SNOWFALL TO NORTHERN FRONT RANGE.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, JANUARY 1ST SNOWPACK CAME IN AT ONLY 48 PERCENT  
OF MEDIAN, AND IS ONLY 44 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK AT THIS  
SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THERE ARE ALSO BIG DIFFERENCES IN THE DISTRIBUTION  
OF SAID SNOWPACK, WITH THE NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN COMING IN  
AT 81 PERCENT OF NORMAL, WHILE THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN  
RUNNING BETWEEN 15 AND 20 PERCENT OF NORMAL.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, JANUARY 1ST SNOWPACK CAME IN AT ONLY 29  
PERCENT OF MEDIAN, AND IS ONLY 28 PERCENT OF LAST YEARS SNOWPACK AT  
THIS SAME TIME.  
 
WATER STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF DECEMBER WAS AT 115  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 105 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, END OF DECEMBER STORAGE WAS AT 143 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 101 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE  
AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, END OF DECEMBER STORAGE WAS AT 123 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 86 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE  
AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
DECEMBER WAS 7.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING DECEMBER OF 2017 THE  
5TH WARMEST DECEMBER ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.14  
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 1.3 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH  
OF DECEMBER, WHICH IS 0.21 INCHES AND 3.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL,  
RESPECTIVELY.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH THE FALL OF 2017 (SEPTEMBER,  
OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER) WAS 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING THE FALL OF  
2017 THE 2ND WARMEST FALL ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.86 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE FALL OF 2017, WHICH IS 0.15 INCHES BELOW  
NORMAL. OF NOTE, JUST UNDER 95 PERCENT (1.75 INCHES) OF THE SEASONAL  
PRECIPITATION FELL IN SEPTEMBER.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH  
OF DECEMBER WAS 3.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED  
0.01 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THIS  
IS 0.33 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES DECEMBER OF 2017 THE 6TH DRIEST  
DECEMBER ON RECORD IN COLORADO SPRINGS. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 0.9  
INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER, WHICH IS 4.8 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH THE FALL OF 2017  
(SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER) WAS 3.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL,  
MAKING THE FALL OF 2017 THE 5TH WARMEST FALL ON RECORD. COLORADO  
SPRINGS RECORDED 3.15 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE FALL OF  
2017, WHICH IS 0.74 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. OF NOTE, 88 PERCENT (2.77  
INCHES) OF THE SEASONAL PRECIPITATION FELL IN SEPTEMBER.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
DECEMBER WAS 2.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.01 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER. THIS IS 0.37 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES DECEMBER OF 2017 THE 9TH DRIEST DECEMBER ON  
RECORD IN PUEBLO. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.6 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE  
MONTH OF DECEMBER, WHICH IS 4.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THE FALL OF 2017 (SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER  
AND NOVEMBER) WAS 3.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 1.72 INCHES  
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE FALL OF 2017, WHICH IS 0.24 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL. OF NOTE, 70 PERCENT (1.20 INCHES) OF THE SEASONAL  
PRECIPITATION FELL IN SEPTEMBER.  
 
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 0.14/-0.21 0.26/-1.19 6.26/+1.66 10.70/+3.39  
COS AIRPORT 0.01/-0.33 0.39/-1.17 11.82/+2.89 18.44/+1.90  
PUB AIRPORT 0.01/-0.37 0.53/-1.04 5.36/-1.36 15.99/+3.42  
 
LAMAR 0.05/-0.35 0.08/-1.50 13.13/+5.13 21.81/+6.61  
CAMPO 7S 0.04/-0.43 0.13/-2.16 15.18/+5.84 27.46/+10.50  
WALSH 1W 0.06/-0.50 1.17/-1.54 14.51/+3.87 29.22/+10.06  
KIM 15NNE 0.11/-0.52 0.73/-1.78 13.11/+4.11 26.05/+9.21  
FLORISSANT 0.27/-0.24 1.06/-1.02 11.94/+2/29 16.66/-0.22  
CANON CITY 0.18/-0.36 1.02/-1.07 9.44/+2.12 15.48/+2.01  
RYE 1SW 0.29/-0.92 2.55/-1.39 13.53/+1.46 33.93/+8.82  
WESTCLIFFE 0.04/-0.54 0.81/-1.74 7.82/-0.36 15.54/+0.99  
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.10/-1.02 1.75/-1.76 9.93/+1.14 27.76/+9.72  
TRINIDAD 0.02/-0.55 1.12/-1.52 11.73/+2.39 22.46/+6.15  
CRESTONE 2SE 0.11/-0.42 0.42/-1.76 8.17/+0.19 14.03/+0.77  
DEL NORTE 2E 0.11/-0.44 0.98/-0.97 5.81/-0.76 10.01/-0.55  
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.22/-0.18 1.45/-0.21 6.26/+0.03 10.42/-0.17  
CLIMAX 2.02/+0.04 5.49/-0.17 13.16/+0.86 26.67/+2.69  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND  
SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS INDICATES BETTER CHANCES  
FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE  
OUTLOOK FOR REST OF JANUARY, FEBRUARY AND MARCH INDICATE A SLIGHT NOD  
TO WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY FEBRUARY 15TH, 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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