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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
125 PM MST Fri Feb 14 2020

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125 PM MST Fri Feb 14 2020

...Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions Return to Portions of South
Central and Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

A wet and cool Spring of 2019, combined with the previous wet Winter
of 2018 and 2019 allowed for the US Drought Monitor to declare all
of Colorado drought free on May 21st of 2019, a feat which had not
occurred since the development of the US Drought Monitor some 20 years
previous. However, with a lackluster start to the 2019 Monsoon,
abnormally dry (D0) conditions were reintroduced to portions of
southwest Colorado on July 23rd, 2019. With mainly warm and dry
weather experienced for the rest of the Summer of 2019, abnormally dry
(D0) conditions expanded across portions of south central and
southeast Colorado, with moderate drought (D1) conditions reintroduced
across southwest Colorado on September 10th, 2019. After a very warm
and dry start to the Fall of 2019, drought conditions continued to
expand across the state, with severe drought (D2) conditions indicated
across portions of southwest and south central Colorado on the
October 8th, 2019 issuance of US Drought Monitor. The last half of
Fall of 2019 and the first half of the Winter of 2019 and 2020 saw
periods of cold and unsettled weather, as well as warm and dry
periods, leading to ebbs and flows in drought conditions across south
central and southeast Colorado.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday February
13th 2020, indicated severe drought (D2) conditions across southwestern
through northeastern portions of Baca County.

Moderate drought (D1) conditions were indicated across most of
Saguache and Costilla Counties, as well as all of Mineral, Rio Grande,
Alamosa and Conejos Counties. Moderate drought (D1) conditions were
also indicated across extreme southwestern Huerfano County, Las Animas
County, southeastern portions of Pueblo County, Otero County, most of
Crowley and Kiowa Counties, Bent County, Prowers County and the rest
of Baca County.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions were indicated across Lake and Chaffee
Counties, eastern portions of Saguache and southwestern portions of
Fremont Counties, Custer County, the rest of Huerfano County,
southwestern through northeastern Pueblo County, extreme southeastern
El Paso County, as well as extreme northwestern Crowley and extreme
northeastern Kiowa Counties.

Drought free conditions were indicated across Teller County, and the
rest of Fremont, Pueblo and El Paso Counties.

More information about drought classification can be found at:

droughtmonitor.unl.edu/About/AbouttheData/DroughtClassification.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

With the winter season being a normally dry time of the year, along
with soil moisture continuing to diminish, fire danger is moderate to
high across most of the non snow covered areas south central and
southeast Colorado.

The latest information on fire bans and restrictions across the area
can be found at:

www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

AGRICULTURAL...

The January 27th, 2020 USDA Colorado Crop Progress Report indicated
minimal moisture during the month of January resulted in diminished
topsoil moisture supplies across the state, with 61 percent of topsoil
moisture being reported at short or very short. Subsoil moisture
faired a little better with 34 percent being reported as short or very
short statewide.

HYDROLOGIC...

The February 1st Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report indicated statewide
precipitation for the month of January came in at 76 percent of average,
bringing statewide 2020 Water Year precipitation to 88 percent of average
overall.

In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated January precipitation was 62
percent of average, which brings water year to date precipitation to 87
percent of average overall.

In the Rio Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated January precipitation was
44 percent of average, which brings water year to date precipitation to
81 percent of average overall.

Colorado NRCS data indicated statewide snowpack at the end of January was
at 109 percent of average overall, which is 104 percent of the available
snowpack at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated February 1st snowpack was at
119 percent of average overall, which is 97 percent of the available
snowpack at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated February 1st snowpack was
at 103 percent of average overall, which is 123 percent of the available
snowpack at this same time last year.

NRCS data indicated statewide water storage was at 105 percent of average
overall at the end of January, as compared to 83 percent of average storage
available statewide at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of January came in at 96
percent of average, as compared to 89 percent of average storage available at
this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of January came in at 85
percent of average, as compared to 79 percent of average storage available
at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of January was
15.2 degrees, which was 1.1 degrees below normal. Alamosa recorded
0.14 inches of precipitation and 2.3 inches of snow through the month
of January, which were 0.12 inches and 1.7 inches below normal,
respectively.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of January
was 34.1 degrees, which was 3.6 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs
recorded 0.09 inches of precipitation and 0.8 inches of snow through the
month of January, which were 0.23 inches and 4.8 inches below normal,
respectively.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of January was 34.9
degrees, which was 4.4 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.11 inches
of precipitation and 0.2 inches of snow through the month of January, which
were 0.24 inches and 6.3 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 0.14/-0.12 1.10/+0.07 2.75/-1.14 6.78/-0.53
COS Airport 0.09/-0.23 1.31/+0.25 3.16/-3.25 11.57/-4.97
PUB Airport 0.11/-0.24 0.93/-0.27 3.64/-1.37 12.72/+0.15

Eads 0.12/-0.22 0.28/-0.90 4.12/-1.86 14.60/-1.08
Lamar 0.17/-0.13 0.65/-0.43 4.35/-1.06 11.46/-3.74
Campo 7S 0.39/+0.04 1.23/-0.03 5.51/-1.49 15.49/-1.47
Walsh 1W 0.09/-0.39 0.96/-0.67 3.55/-4.12 19.16/-0.00
Kim 15NNE 0.09/-0.45 0.93/-0.99 2.96/-3.83 13.20/-3.64
Florissant FB 0.29/-0.19 1.62/-0.01 6.67/-0.60 16.79/-0.09
Canon City 0.09/-0.40 1.20/-0.48 3.86/-1.98 11.76/-1.71
Rye 1SW 0.65/-0.70 3.37/-0.45 7.83/-2.13 23.30/-1.81
Westcliffe 0.02/-0.60 1.29/-0.90 3.84/-2.53 10.97/-3.58
Walsenburg 1NW 0.32/-0.52 2.13/-1.03 5.72/-1.91 14.51/-3.53
Trinidad 0.17/-0.35 1.34/-0.57 4.74/-2.44 13.46/-2.85
Crestone 2SE 0.27/-0.32 2.09/+0.31 5.03/-1.26 11.63/-1.63
Del Norte 2E 0.05/-0.34 1.31/-0.20 3.65/-1.75 11.40/+0.84
Buena Vista 2S 0.02/-0.28 1.56/+0.46 3.54/-1.43 9.68/-0.91
Climax 1.64/-0.27 5.32/_0.54 9.98/-1.81 26.94/+2.96

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the two next weeks indicates
better chances of below normal temperatures and precipitation across south
central and southeast Colorado. The outlook for the rest of March and April
continues to give equal chances for above, below and near normal temperatures
across south central and southeast Colorado, save for a slight nod to below
above normal temperatures across south central Colorado.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Thursday March 12th, 2020, or sooner
if necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

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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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