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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO  
1205 PM MDT FRI SEP 14 2018  
 
COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-  
099-101-105-109-119-161815-  
1205 PM MDT FRI SEP 14 2018  
 
...MONSOONAL RAINS BRING SOME DROUGHT RELIEF TO SOUTHEAST COLORADO  
WHILE DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEEPEN ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO...  
 
SYNOPSIS...  
 
WEATHER SYSTEMS OVER THE LATER HALF OF THE SPRING AND THROUGH OUT THE  
PAST SUMMER OF 2018 BROUGHT SOME MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE  
STATE OF COLORADO. HOWEVER, THE AMOUNTS OF BENEFICIAL RAINFALL VARIED  
WIDELY ACROSS THE AREA, WITH MONSOONAL RAINS AND SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS  
MOST WIDESPREAD ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS, AS WELL AS,  
ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE PIKES PEAK REGION. ACROSS THE REST OF SOUTHEAST  
AND SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO, SUMMER MONSOONAL RAINS WERE MORE SPOTTY AND  
GENERALLY NOT ENOUGH TO OVERCOME THE EXTREMELY WARM AND DRY WEATHER THAT  
HAS BEEN EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE 2018 WATER YEAR THUS FAR.  
 
WITH THAT SAID, THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR, ISSUED THURSDAY SEPTEMBER  
13TH, IS INDICATING CONTINUED IMPROVEMENTS IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS  
THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS, WITH EASTERN PORTIONS OF BACA AND PROWERS  
COUNTIES NOW DEPICTED AS DROUGHT FREE. THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR  
IS ALSO INDICATING DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEEPENING ACROSS WESTERN COLORADO  
AND INTO SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO.  
 
ON THE CURRENT MAP, EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS ARE STILL INDICATED  
ACROSS THE SANGRE DE CRISTO MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHERN COLORADO, WHICH INCLUDES  
PORTIONS OF COSTILLA, HUERFANO, ALAMOSA, CUSTER AND SAGUACHE COUNTIES.  
 
EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS HAVE NOW SPREAD INTO WESTERN PORTIONS OF  
LAKE COUNTY AND ACROSS MOST OF CHAFFEE COUNTY. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3)  
CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE INDICATED ACROSS EAST CENTRAL PORTIONS AND  
SOUTHWEST PORTIONS OF PUEBLO COUNTY, AND EXTREME NORTHWESTERN PORTIONS  
OF OTERO COUNTY. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS  
MINERAL, RIO GRANDE, AND CONEJOS COUNTIES, ALONG WITH THE REST OF  
SAGUACHE, ALAMOSA, COSTILLA AND CUSTER COUNTIES, SOUTHWESTERN TO SOUTH  
CENTRAL PORTIONS OF FREMONT COUNTY, AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF LAS ANIMAS  
COUNTY.  
 
SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED ACROSS EASTERN LAKE  
COUNTY, SOUTHEASTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY, NORTHWESTERN THROUGH SOUTHEASTERN  
FREMONT COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHERN AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF EL PASO  
COUNTY. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS THE  
THE REST OF PUEBLO, HUERFANO, AND OTERO COUNTIES, CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS  
COUNTY, CROWLEY COUNTY, BENT COUNTY,AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF KIOWA AND  
PROWERS COUNTIES.  
 
MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS CENTRAL  
PORTIONS OF KIOWA AND PROWERS COUNTIES, AS WELL AS, NORTHWESTERN AND  
SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS OF BACA COUNTY, AND NORTHEAST THROUGH SOUTHEAST  
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS  
NORTHEASTERN FREMONT COUNTY, MOST OF TELLER COUNTY, AND EXTREME  
SOUTHWESTERN PORTIONS AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF EL PASO COUNTY.  
 
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED ACROSS NORTHEASTERN  
TELLER AND NORTHWESTERN EL PASO COUNTIES, EXTREME NORTH CENTRAL AND  
EASTERN KIOWA COUNTY, EAST CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY, AND CENTRAL  
PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.  
 
EASTERN PORTIONS OF PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES ARE NOW INDICATED AS  
DROUGHT FREE.  
 
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE DROUGHT CLASSIFICATION CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUSDM/DROUGHTCLASSIFICATION.ASPX  
 
DROUGHT IMPACTS...  
 
FIRE DANGER...  
 
MONSOONAL RAINS HAVE HELPED TO EXTINGUISH SEVERAL LARGE WILDFIRES AND  
HAS DIMINISHED THE MODERATE TO HIGH FIRE DANGER CONDITIONS EXPERIENCED  
ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS. HOWEVER, THE  
LACK OF WIDESPREAD RAINFALL ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE HAS  
ALLOWED FOR SEVERAL WILDFIRES CONTINUE TO BURN, ALONG WITH A FEW NEW  
FIRE STARTS, AS FIRE DANGER REMAINS HIGH. WITH THAT SAID, MANY LAND  
MANAGEMENT AGENCIES ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE HAVE RELAXED  
FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS, WHERE AS WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE  
CONTINUE TO SEE STRICT FIRE BANS ENFORCED.  
 
FIRE DANGER IS EXPECTED TO INCREASE ACROSS EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE  
AREA OVER THE NEXT FEW MONTHS, AS DRIER AND MORE WINDY WEATHER  
ASSOCIATED WITH FALL, RETURN TO THE REGION.  
 
THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT:  
 
WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML  
 
AGRICULTURAL...  
 
RECENT MONSOONAL RAIN HAS HELPED TO IMPROVE SOIL MOISTURE, ESPECIALLY  
ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE. THE LATEST USDA COLORADO  
CROP REPORT ENDING THE WEEK OF SEPTEMBER 9TH, INDICATED 39 PERCENT OF  
TOPSOIL CONDITIONS ACROSS STATE RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT, AS COMPARED  
TO 59 PERCENT OF STATEWIDE TOPSOIL CONDITIONS RATED AS SHORT OR VERY SHORT  
AT THE END OF JUNE. SUBSOIL MOISTURE ALSO SHOWED A SIMILAR TREND WITH  
38 PERCENT REPORTED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT ACROSS THE STATE, AS COMPARED  
TO 49 PERCENT OF SUBSOIL MOISTURE REPORTED AS SHORT OR VERY SHORT AT  
THE END OF JUNE.  
 
HYDROLOGIC...  
 
WITH THE HOT AND DRY CONDITIONS, ESPECIALLY ACROSS WESTERN PORTIONS  
OF THE STATE, STATEWIDE WATER STORAGE CAME IN AT 82 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
OVERALL AT THE END OF AUGUST, AS COMPARED TO 119 PERCENT OF AVERAGE  
STORAGE AVAILABLE STATEWIDE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN, END OF AUGUST STORAGE CAME IN AT 99 PERCENT OF  
AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 147 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE  
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN, END OF AUGUST STORAGE CAME IN AT 87 PERCENT  
OF AVERAGE OVERALL, AS COMPARED TO 131 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE  
AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.  
 
CLIMATE SUMMARY...  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF  
AUGUST WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.64 INCHES OF  
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST, WHICH IS 0.63 INCHES  
BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER OF 2018  
(JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST) WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING THE  
SUMMER OF 2018 THE 4TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA  
RECORDED 2.31 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER OF 2018,  
WHICH IS 0.42 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH  
OF AUGUST WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 3.25  
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST, WHICH IS  
0.09 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER OF  
2018 (JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST) WAS 2.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING THE  
SUMMER OF 2018 THE 8TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD IN COLORADO SPRINGS.  
COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 9.11 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT  
THE SUMMER OF 2018, WHICH IS 0.46 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF AUGUST  
WAS 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 1.79 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION  
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST, WHICH IS 0.53 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.  
 
THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER OF 2018  
(JUNE, JULY AND AUGUST) WAS 3.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL, MAKING THE  
SUMMER OF 2018 THE 6TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD IN PUEBLO. PUEBLO  
RECORDED 3.74 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER OF 2018,  
WHICH IS 2.00 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 0.64/-0.63 2.31/-0.42 2.80/-1.63 5.12/-2.19  
COS AIRPORT 3.25/-0.09 9.14/+0.46 12.28/-0.85 16.00/-0.54  
PUB AIRPORT 1.79/-0.53 3.74/-2.00 4.87/-4.71 7.41/-5.16  
 
EADS 0.94/-1.63 5.60/-1.59 8.42/-3.40 10.75/-4.93  
LAMAR 1.55/-0.73 6.14/-1.38 8.22/-3.48 11.36/-3.84  
CAMPO 7S 5.63/+2.65 11.56/+3.43 13.15/+0.59 18.74/+1.78  
WALSH 1W 3.56/+0.55 10.00/+0.85 13.28/-0.77 18.17/-0.99  
KIM 15NNE 2.74/+0.28 5.89/-1.28 7.82/-4.20 11.82/-5.02  
CANON CITY 0.71/-1.52 5.38/+0.06 7.66/-1.74 11.58/-1.89  
RYE 1SW 1.84/-1.04 5.92/-3.29 8.40/-8.50 15.30/-9.81  
WESTCLIFFE 1.20/-1.11 3.40/-2.35 4.62/-5.30 7.66/-6.89  
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.14/-1.21 5.28/-0.61 7.46/-4.39 13.00/-5.04  
TRINIDAD 1.52/-1.16 2.77/-4.30 4.59/-6.64 10.38/-5.93  
CRESTONE 2SE 0.47/-1.73 3.43/-2.05 4.28/-4.46 7.98/-5.28  
DEL NORTE 2E 1.32/-0.56 3.28/-0.91 4.34/-2.34 7.36/-3.20  
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.80/-1.21 2.08/-2.37 3.41/-3.81 6.76/-3.83  
CLIMAX 1.97/-0.54 4.77/-1.49 12.04/-0.88 24.37/+0.39  
 
PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...  
 
THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES  
BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE,  
BELOW, AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST  
COLORADO. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER  
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 FRIDAY OCTOBER 5TH, 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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