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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
725 PM MDT THU MAR 28 2019  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-310130-  
725 PM MDT THU MAR 28 2019  
 
...IMPROVEMENT CONTINUES IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL  
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...  
 
SYNOPSIS...UPDATED  
 
ABUNDANT AND MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE STATE OVER THE PAST  
SEVERAL MONTHS HAS ALLOWED THE US DROUGHT MONITOR TO INDICATE MARKED  
IMPROVEMENT IN THE EXCEPTIONAL AND EXTREME DROUGHT CONDITIONS THAT  
HAS PLAGUED MUCH OF COLORADO OVER THE PAST YEAR. ABOVE TO WELL ABOVE  
NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH, THUS FAR, HAS ALLOWED FOR CONTINUED  
IMPROVEMENT IN THE COLORADO DROUGHT. WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST DROUGHT  
MONITOR, ISSUED THURSDAY MARCH 28TH 2019, HAS REMOVED ALL OF THE SEVERE  
DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA, WITH MODERATE DROUGHT (D1)  
CONDITIONS NOW CONFINED TO EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN AND SOUTHEASTERN  
PORTIONS OF CONEJOS COUNTY, MOST OF COSTILLA COUNTY, THE WESTERN HALF  
OF HUERFANO COUNTY, EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF PUEBLO COUNTY,  
AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS THE SOUTHERN  
HALF OF MINERAL COUNTY, MOST OF RIO GRANDE COUNTY, EASTERN PORTIONS  
OF SAGUACHE COUNTY, ALAMOSA COUNTY AND THE REST OF CONEJOS AND COSTILLA  
COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS  
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY, FREMONT COUNTY, TELLER COUNTY,  
WESTERN PORTIONS OF EL PASO COUNTY, CUSTER COUNTY, THE WESTERN 2/3RDS  
OF PUEBLO COUNTY, EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN OTERO COUNTY, EXTREME NORTHWESTERN  
AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF HUERFANO COUNTY AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS  
COUNTY.  
 
DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL  
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO INCLUDING NORTHERN PORTIONS OF MINERAL COUNTY,  
EXTREME NORTHWESTERN RIO GRANDE COUNTY, THE WESTERN HALF OF SAGUACHE  
COUNTY, LAKE COUNTY, MOST OF CHAFFEE COUNTY, EASTERN EL PASO COUNTY,  
NORTHEASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY, CROWLEY COUNTY, THE REST OF OTERO AND  
LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES, AS WELL AS ALL OF KIOWA, BENT, PROWERS AND BACA  
COUNTIES.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUSDM/DROUGHTCLASSIFICATION.ASPX  
 
DROUGHT IMPACTS...  
 
FIRE DANGER...  
 
FALL AND WINTER PRECIPITATION HAS HELPED TO EASE FIRE DANGER ACROSS  
MUCH OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. HOWEVER, WITH CURED  
FUELS AND MORE WINDY WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THE EARLY WINTER SEASON,  
FIRE DANGER ACROSS NON SNOW COVERED AREAS COULD BE MODERATE TO HIGH  
AT TIMES INTO THE EARLY SPRING.  
 
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS ACROSS THE AREA  
CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML  
 
AGRICULTURAL...  
 
AT OR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION OVER THE LAST 6 MONTHS ACROSS MOST  
OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO HAS HELPED TO IMPROVE SOIL  
MOISTURE, ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE, WHERE  
LATEST VIC SOIL MOISTURE DATA INDICATING SURPLUS SOIL MOISTURE AT THIS  
TIME. WINTER PRECIPITATION HAS ALSO HELPED TO IMPROVE CONDITIONS ACROSS  
SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO, HOWEVER, SOME LONG TERM DRYNESS CONTINUES TO  
BE INDICATED.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
LATEST NRCS DATA INDICATES STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF  
FEBRUARY CAME IN AT 138 PERCENT OF AVERAGE, WHICH GOT A BOOST FROM  
ABUNDANT AND WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF  
THE COLORADO, WHERE SOME BASINS INDICATED OVER 200 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH. FOR THE 2019 WATER YEAR THUS FAR, STATEWIDE  
PRECIPITATION IS AT 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION WAS 124 PERCENT OF AVERAGE,  
WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION WAS 175 PERCENT OF AVERAGE,  
WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO 109 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL.  
 
NRCS DATA INDICATED STATEWIDE SNOWPACK ON MARCH 1ST CAME IN AT 112 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE OVERALL, COMPARED TO ONLY 73 PERCENT OF AVERAGE SNOWPACK  
AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IN STARK CONTRAST TO LAST YEAR,  
THE NORTHERN AND SOUTHERN BASINS ACROSS THE STATE ARE AT OR ABOVE NORMAL  
LEVELS.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, MARCH 1ST SNOWPACK CAME IN AT 128 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL, COMPARED TO ONLY 64 PERCENT OF AVERAGE SNOWPACK AVAILABLE AT THIS  
SAME TIME LAST YEAR. AGAIN, IN STARK CONTRAST TO LAST YEAR, THE NORTHERN  
AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ARKANSAS BASIN ARE AT OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, MARCH 1ST SNOWPACK CAME IN AT 115 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE OVERALL, COMPARED TO ONLY 59 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK  
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
NRCS DATA INDICATED STATEWIDE WATER STORAGE CAME IN AT 83 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE OVERALL AT THE END OF FEBRUARY, AS COMPARED TO 115 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE STATEWIDE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY CAME IN AT  
87 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 134 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY CAME IN  
AT 78 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 121 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
FEBRUARY WAS 20.5 DEGREES. THIS IS 2.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES  
FEBRUARY OF 2019 THE 13TH COLDEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA.  
ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.37 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH  
OF FEBRUARY. THIS IS 0.11 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES FEBRUARY OF  
2019 THE 11TH WETTEST ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 4.1 INCHES OF SNOW  
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY, WHICH IS 0.3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA FOR THE WINTER OF 2018-19 (DECEMBER-  
FEBRUARY) WAS 2.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.86 INCHES  
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE WINTER. THIS IS 0.99 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL  
AND MAKES THE WINTER OF 2018-19 THE 5TH WETTEST WINTER ON RECORD.  
ALAMOSA RECORDED 28.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH THE WINTER. THIS IS 16.5  
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES THE WINTER OF 2018-19 THE 4TH SNOWIEST  
ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
FEBRUARY WAS 0.5 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 0.29 INCHES  
OF PRECIPITATION AND 6.1 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT FEBRUARY, WHICH IS  
0.05 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND 1.2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS FOR THE WINTER OF 2018-19  
(DECEMBER-FEBRUARY) WAS 1.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS  
RECORDED 0.65 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE WINTER, WHICH IS  
0.35 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 10.2 INCHES OF  
SNOW THROUGH THE WINTER, WHICH IS 6.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF FEBRUARY  
WAS 0.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.22 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
AND 5.6 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT FEBRUARY, WHICH IS 0.08 INCHES BELOW  
NORMAL AND 1.8 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO FOR THE WINTER OF 2018-19 (DECEMBER-  
FEBRUARY) WAS 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.83 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE WINTER, WHICH IS 0.20 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
PUEBLO RECORDED 10.2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH THE WINTER, WHICH IS 5.6  
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
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 0.37/+0.11 1.86/+0.99 4.20/+1.32 7.00/-0.31  
COS AIRPORT 0.29/-0.05 0.65/-0.35 3.13/-0.28 15.41/-1.13  
PUB AIRPORT 0.22/-0.08 0.83/-0.20 2.78/-0.21 7.65/-4.92  
 
EADS 0.99/+0.54 1.54/+0.37 5.52/+1.66 13.94/-1.74  
LAMAR 0.80/+0.43 1.48/+0.41 6.54/+3.04 14.76/-0.44  
CAMPO 7S 0.24/-0.14 1.20/+0.00 6.95/+2.55 20.10/+3.14  
WALSH 1W 0.92/+0.47 2.58/+1.09 9.33/+4.22 22.61/+3.45  
KIM 15NNE 0.51/+0.02 2.72/+1.06 7.22/+2.40 15.04/-1.80  
CANON CITY 0.60/+0.14 1.71/+0.22 4.80/+0.73 12.46/-1.01  
RYE 1SW 0.88/-0.25 4.74/+0.99 10.71/+2.50 19.11/-6.00  
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.65/-0.26 3.27/+0.40 7.21/+1.02 14.67/-3.37  
TRINIDAD 0.71/+0.13 1.95/+0.28 5.14/+0.06 9.73/-6.58  
CRESTONE 2SE 0.79/+0.36 2.21/+0.66 4.37/-0.15 8.65/-4.61  
DEL NORTE 2E 0.28/-0.08 1.38/+0.08 3.97/+0.09 8.31/-2.25  
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.70/+0.29 1.63/+0.52 3.94/+0.57 7.35/-3.24  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT WEEK  
INDICATES BETTER CHANCES OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE  
NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THE  
OUTLOOK FOR REST OF MARCH, APRIL AND MAY GIVES EQUAL CHANCES FOR  
ABOVE, BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES, ALONG WITH A SLIGHT NOD TO  
ABOVE PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY APRIL 11TH, 2019, 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/  
 
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 NRCS, 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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