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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
1117 AM MDT THU JUN 20 2019  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-271715-  
1117 AM MDT THU JUN 20 2019  
   
..COLORADO REMAINS DROUGHT FREE
 
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
A COOL AND WET SPRING, COMBINED WITH A WET WINTER, ESPECIALLY ACROSS  
THE HIGHER TERRAIN, HAS ALLOWED FOR THE US DROUGHT MONITOR TO ERASE  
ALL TRACES OF DROUGHT ACROSS ALL OF COLORADO. ACCORDING TO THE COLORADO  
CLIMATE CENTER, COLORADO HAS NOT HAD A ZERO PERCENT COVERAGE OF DROUGHT  
SINCE THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE US DROUGHT MONITOR OVER 20 YEARS AGO.  
 
WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR, ISSUED THURSDAY JUNE 20TH  
2019, CONTINUES TO INDICATE ALL OF COLORADO AS DROUGHT FREE.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUSDM/DROUGHTCLASSIFICATION.ASPX  
 
DROUGHT IMPACTS...  
 
FIRE DANGER...  
 
ABUNDANT FALL, WINTER AND SPRING PRECIPITATION HAS HELPED TO EASE FIRE  
DANGER ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO, WITH SNOW COVER STILL  
IN PLACE ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE HIGHER TERRAIN.  
 
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 AND SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE.  
 
WITH THAT SAID, THE JUNE 16TH USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT INDICATED 2  
PERCENT OF TOPSOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE AS BEING VERY SHORT AND  
11 PERCENT BEING RATED AS SHORT. THIS COMPARES TO THIS TIME LAST YEAR,  
WHEN 23 PERCENT OF TOPSOIL CONDITIONS WERE RATED AS VERY SHORT AND 37  
PERCENT WERE RATED AS SHORT. AS FOR SUBSOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE,  
2 PERCENT WERE RATED AS VERY SHORT AND 14 PERCENT AS SHORT, COMPARED  
TO THE 15 PERCENT RATED VERY SHORT AND 24 PERCENT RATED SHORT AT THIS  
SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
THE JUNE 1ST COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED STATEWIDE  
PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH OF MAY CAME IN AT 174 PERCENT OF AVERAGE,  
BRINGING STATEWIDE 2019 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION TO 124 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE OVERALL.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, NRCS DATA INDICATED MAY PRECIPITATION WAS 168  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE, WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO  
119 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, NRCS DATA INDICATED MAY PRECIPITATION WAS 221  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE, WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO  
127 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.  
 
COLORADO NRCS DATA INDICATED STATEWIDE SNOWPACK AT THE END OF MAY WAS  
AT 511 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, WHICH IS 2071 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE  
SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE LAST TIME STATEWIDE SNOWPACK  
WAS THIS HIGH AT THIS TIME OF YEAR WAS IN 2011, BUT MOST OF THE CURRENT  
INDIVIDUAL BASIN SNOWPACK CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS  
OF THE STATE MOST CLOSELY COMPARES TO 1995. THIS YEARS STATEWIDE SNOWPACK  
PEAKED AT 134 PERCENT OF NORMAL.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, NRCS DATA INDICATED JUNE 1ST SNOWPACK WAS AT  
439 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, WHICH IS 920 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE  
SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, NRCS DATA INDICATED JUNE 1ST SNOWPACK WAS AT  
516 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, WITH ALL OF THE SNOW MELTED OUT AT  
THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
NRCS DATA ALSO INDICATED STATEWIDE WATER STORAGE WAS AT 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL AT THE END OF MAY, AS COMPARED TO 106 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE  
AVAILABLE STATEWIDE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF MAY CAME IN AT 86 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE, AS COMPARED TO 127 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE AT  
THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF MAY CAME IN AT 68  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE, AS COMPARED TO 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE  
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
THE JUNE 1ST REPORT ALSO ANTICIPATED THAT MOST RIVERS IN THE STATE WILL  
OBSERVE ABOVE NORMAL STREAMFLOWS THROUGH JULY.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, CURRENT JUNE THROUGH JULY STREAMFLOW FORECASTS  
RANGE FROM 97 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE CUCHARAS RIVER NEAR LA VETA,  
129 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE PURGATORIE RIVER AT TRINIDAD AND 170  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE ARKANSAS RIVER AT SALIDA.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, CURRENT JUNE THROUGH JULY STREAMFLOW FORECASTS  
ARE 314 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE RIO GRANDE AT LOBATOS, WITH JUNE  
THROUGH SEPTEMBER FORECASTS OF 158 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE LOS  
PINOS RIVER NEAR ORTIZ AND 250 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR SAGUACHE CREEK  
NEAR SAGUACHE.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGHOUT THE PAST MONTH OF MAY  
WAS 47.5 DEGREES. THIS IS 3.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES MAY OF  
2019 TIED AS THE 10TH COLDEST MAY ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.93  
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY, WHICH IS 0.35  
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 6.3 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT  
THE MONTH OF MAY. THIS IS 5.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES MAY OF  
2019 THE 7TH SNOWIEST MAY ON RECORD. THE 6.4 INCHES OF SNOW RECORDED  
IN MAY BRINGS THE 2018-19 SNOWFALL TALLY IN ALAMOSA TO 54.9 INCHES.  
THIS IS 27.3 INCHES ABOVE THE SEASONAL AVERAGE AND MAKES THE 2018-19  
SNOWFALL SEASON THE 5TH SNOWIEST ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGHOUT THE PAST MONTH  
OF MAY WAS 51.6 DEGREES. THIS IS 4.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES  
MAY OF 2019 TIED AS THE 13TH COLDEST MAY ON RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS  
RECORDED 2.49 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY,  
WHICH IS 0.46 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 5.1  
INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT MAY. THIS IS 4.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND  
MAKES MAY OF 2019 THE 7TH SNOWIEST MAY ON RECORD. THE 5.1 INCHES OF  
SNOW RECORDED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MAY BRINGS THE 2018-19 SNOWFALL  
TALLY IN COLORADO SPRINGS TO BEEN 36.2 INCHES, WHICH IS 5.5 INCHES  
BELOW THE SEASONAL AVERAGE.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGHOUT THE PAST MONTH OF MAY WAS  
56.3 DEGREES. THIS IS 4.1 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES MAY OF 2019  
THE 9TH COLDEST MAY ON RECORD. PUEBLO RECORDED 2.17 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
AND A TRACE OF SNOW THROUGHOUT MAY, WHICH IS 0.68 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL  
AND 0.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY. THE TRACE OF SNOW RECORDED  
IN MAY KEEPS THE 2018-19 SNOWFALL TALLY IN PUEBLO AT 17.0 INCHES,  
WHICH IS 14.8 INCHES BELOW THE SEASONAL AVERAGE. THIS ALSO KEEPS THE  
2018-19 SNOWFALL SEASON TIED AS THE 12TH LEAST SNOWIEST 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 0.93/+0.35 3.15/+1.45 5.01/+2.44 9.66/+2.35  
COS AIRPORT 2.49/+0.46 4.75/+0.30 5.40/-0.05 17.02/+0.48  
PUB AIRPORT 2.17/+0.66 3.59/-0.25 4.42/-0.45 10.11/-2.46  
 
EADS 2.18/-0.08 3.24/-1.39 4.78/-1.02 14.36/-1.32  
LAMAR 1.32/-0.70 2.35/-1.83 3.83/-1.42 15.03/-0.17  
CAMPO 7S 2.95/+0.85 4.33/-0.10 5.53/-0.10 22.84/+5.88  
WALSH 1W 4.82/+2.60 7.87/+2.97 10.45/+4.06 27.20/+8.04  
KIM 15NNE 1.87/+0.01 4.09/-0.76 6.81/+0.30 17.20/+0.36  
FLORISSANT FB 1.89/+0.26 3.52/-0.87 4.88/-0.97 12.74/-4.14  
CANON CITY 3.63/+2.22 5.23/+1.15 6.94/+1.37 15.41/+1.94  
RYE 1SW 3.96/+1.74 8.29/+0.60 13.03/+1.59 24.92/-0.19  
WESTCLIFFE 1.95/+0.57 5.02/+0.85 6.80/+0.86 12.91/-1.64  
WALSENBURG 1NW 2.37/+0.55 4.36/-1.60 7.31/-1.20 16.85/-1.19  
TRINIDAD 2.21/+0.49 4.23/+0.07 6.18/+0.35 12.14/-4.17  
CRESTONE 2SE 1.48/+0.46 4.74/+1.48 6.95/+2.14 12.54/-0.72  
DEL NORTE 2E 1.23/+0.44 4.47/+1.98 5.85/+2.06 11.72/+1.16  
BUENA VISTA 2S 2.04/+0.97 4.04/+1.63 6.03/+2.15 10.42/-0.17  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK FOR THE TWO NEXT WEEKS  
INDICATES BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL  
PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THE OUTLOOK  
FOR JULY, AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER GIVES EQUAL CHANCES FOR ABOVE, BELOW  
AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO,  
SAVE A SLIGHT NOD TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST  
PLAINS. AS FOR PRECIPITATION, THE OUTLOOK GIVES BETTER CHANCES FOR  
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 5TH, 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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