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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
754 AM MST FRI FEB 15 2019  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-171500-  
754 AM MST FRI FEB 15 2019  
   
..SLOW IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS CONTINUE
 
 
SYNOPSIS...UPDATED  
 
ABUNDENT AND BENEFICIAL SNOW ACROSS MUCH OF COLORADO'S MOUNTAINS OVER  
THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAS PROMPTED THE US DROUGHT MONITOR TO IMPROVE THE  
EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS THAT HAS PLAGUED SOUTHWEST COLORADO  
OVER THE PAST YEAR. WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST DROUGHT MONITOR, ISSUED  
THURSDAY FEBRUARY 14TH 2019, IS NOW INDICTING ALL OF MINERAL COUNTY  
IN EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS.  
 
NO OTHER CHANGES ARE INDICATED ON THE LATEST MAP, WITH EXTREME DROUGHT  
(D3) CONDITIONS REMAINING ACROSS MOST OF SAGUACHE COUNTY, WESTERN  
PORTIONS OF RIO GRANDE COUNTY, MOST OF CONEJOS COUNTY, EXTREME  
NORTHEASTERN ALAMOSA COUNTY AND SOUTHERN COSTILLA COUNTY. EXTREME  
DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN  
LAKE COUNTY, MOST OF CHAFFEE COUNTY, THE WESTERN HALF OF CUSTER  
COUNTY, EXTREME NORTHWESTERN HUERFANO COUNTY, AND EXTREME WESTERN  
PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  
 
SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE INDICATED ACROSS EXTREME NORTHEASTERN  
AND EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL SAGUACHE COUNTY, THE EASTERN HALF OF RIO GRANDE  
COUNTY, EXTREME NORTHEASTERN CONEJOS COUNTY, MOST OF ALAMOSA COUNTY AND  
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE COSTILLA COUNTY. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS  
ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST OF LAKE COUNTY, SOUTHEASTERN CHAFFEE  
COUNTY, MOST OF FREMONT COUNTY, EXTREME SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PORTIONS  
OF EL PASO COUNTY, EASTERN CUSTER COUNTY, SOUTHWESTERN AND NORTHERN  
PORTIONS OF PUEBLO COUNTY, MOST OF HUERFANO COUNTY, AND WESTERN INTO  
CENTRAL PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  
 
MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE DEPICTED ACROSS TELLER COUNTY AND  
THE REST OF EL PASO COUNTY, AS WELL AS ACROSS NORTHEASTERN FREMONT COUNTY,  
SOUTHERN PUEBLO COUNTY, CROWLEY COUNTY, WESTERN AND NORTHEASTERN OTERO  
COUNTY, WESTERN KIOWA COUNTY, NORTHWESTERN BENT COUNTY AND CENTRAL INTO  
EASTERN PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE INDICATED ACROSS CENTRAL INTO EASTERN  
PORTIONS OF KIOWA COUNTY, THE REST OTERO COUNTY, NORTHERN BENT COUNTY,  
NORTHWESTERN PROWERS COUNTY, AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.  
 
DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ARE DEPICTED ACROSS BACA COUNTY, EXTREME NORTHEASTERN  
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, SOUTHERN BENT COUNTY, MOST OF PROWERS COUNTY AND EASTERN  
PORTIONS OF KIOWA COUNTY.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUSDM/DROUGHTCLASSIFICATION.ASPX  
 
DROUGHT IMPACTS...  
 
FIRE DANGER...  
 
FALL PRECIPITATION HELPED TO EASE FIRE DANGER ACROSS MUCH OF SOUTH  
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. HOWEVER, WITH CURED FUELS AND MORE  
WINDY WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH THE 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...  
 
SUMMER THROUGH EARLY WINTER PRECIPITATION HELPED TO IMPROVE SOIL MOISTURE,  
ESPECIALLY ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE. HOWEVER, LONGER TERM  
DRYNESS CONTINUES TO BE INDICATED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHWEST COLORADO.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
AFTER A LULL IN THROUGH OUT DECEMBER, STATEWIDE JANUARY PRECIPITATION  
AT 116 PERCENT OF AVERAGE HELPED TO BRING THE 2019 WATER YEAR TOTAL BACK  
TO ABOVE NORMAL, AT 102 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, JANUARY PRECIPITATION WAS 128 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL, WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO 106 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, JANUARY PRECIPITATION WAS 108 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE OVERALL, WHICH BRINGS WATER YEAR TO DATE PRECIPITATION TO 91  
PERCENT OF AVERAGE.  
 
STATEWIDE SNOWPACK ON FEBRUARY 1ST CAME IN AT 105 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL, WHICH IS 171 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME  
LAST YEAR.  
 
ARKANSAS BASIN SNOWPACK ON FEBRUARY 1ST CAME IN AT 123 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL, WHICH IS 218 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME LAST  
YEAR. THIS IS MAINLY DUE TO THE 150 TO 175 PERCENT OF AVERAGE SNOWPACK  
ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN, WHICH IS IN STARK CONTRAST TO  
THE LACK OF SNOWPACK ACROSS THE SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE ARKANSAS BASIN  
AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
RIO GRANDE BASIN SNOWPACK ON FEBRUARY 1ST CAME IN AT 81 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL, WHICH IS 246 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME LAST  
YEAR.  
 
STATEWIDE WATER STORAGE CAME IN AT 83 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THE  
END OF JANUARY, AS COMPARED TO 115 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE  
STATEWIDE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF JANUARY CAME IN AT  
89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 140 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, WATER STORAGE AT THE END OF JANUARY CAME IN  
AT 79 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 122 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
JANUARY WAS 8.7 DEGREES. THIS IS 7.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES  
JANUARY OF 2019, TIED WITH JANUARY OF 1933, AS THE 13TH COLDEST  
JANUARY ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.17 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JANUARY. THIS IS 0.91 INCHES  
ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JANUARY OF 2019 THE SECOND WETTEST JANUARY ON  
RECORD, JUST BEHIND THE 1.36 INCHES THAT FELL IN JANUARY OF 2017.  
ALAMOSA RECORDED 19.0 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF  
JANUARY. THIS IS 15.0 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JANUARY OF 2019  
THE 2ND SNOWIEST JANUARY ON RECORD, JUST BEHIND THE 21.9 INCHES THAT  
FELL IN JANUARY OF 2017.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH  
OF JANUARY WAS 2.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 0.27  
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 2.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT JANUARY, WHICH  
IS 0.05 INCHES AND 2.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF JANUARY  
WAS 3.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.52 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
AND 2.9 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT JANUARY, WHICH IS 0.17 INCHES ABOVE  
NORMAL AND 3.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL, RESPECTIVELY.  
 
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 1.17/+0.91 1.65/+0.62 4.47/+0.58 6.86/-0.45  
COS AIRPORT 0.27/-0.05 0.66/-0.40 6.09/-0.32 15.52/-1.02  
PUB AIRPORT 0.52/+0.17 0.94/-0.26 4.35/-0.66 8.01/-4.56  
 
EADS 0.53/+0.19 0.76/-0.42 5.47/-0.51 13.14/-2.54  
LAMAR 0.50/+0.20 1.00/-0.08 7.29/+1.88 14.01/-1.19  
CAMPO 7S 0.28/-0.07 1.14/-0.12 12.34/+5.34 19.91/+2.95  
WALSH 1W 0.81/+0.33 2.44/+0.81 11.97/+4.30 21.72/+2.56  
KIM 15NNE 1.92/+1.38 2.88/+0.96 9.45/+2.66 14.67/-2.17  
FLORISSANT FB 0.52/+0.04 0.90/-0.73 5.33/-1.94 10.90/-5.98  
CANON CITY 0.97/+0.48 1.76/+0.08 4.91/-0.93 12.61/-0.86  
RYE 1SW 2.37/+1.02 5.10/+1.28 11.67/+1.71 19.16/-5.95  
WESTCLIFFE 0.73/+0.11 1.38/-0.81 4.95/-1.42 9.18/-5.37  
WALSENBURG 1NW 2.03/+1.19 3.46/+0.30 7.70/+0.07 14.66/-3.38  
TRINIDAD 0.83/+0.31 1.77/-0.14 5.95/-1.23 9.34/-6.97  
CRESTONE 2SE 0.71/+0.12 1.62/-0.16 4.05/-2.24 8.13/-5.13  
DEL NORTE 2E 0.85/+0.46 1.43/-0.08 5.01/-0.39 8.51/-2.05  
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.84/+0.54 1.19/+0.09 4.04/-0.93 6.80/-3.79  
CLIMAX 1.72/-0.26 6.65/+0.99 11.08/-1.22 23.99/+0.01  
 
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 THE REST OF  
FEBRUARY, MARCH AND APRIL GIVES BETTER CHANCES FOR WARMER THAN NORMAL  
TEMPERATURES AND A SLIGHT NOD TO ABOVE PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.  
 
NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...  
 
THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY MARCH 7TH, 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 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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