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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
1154 AM MDT Sat May 7 2022

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1154 AM MDT Sat May 7 2022

...Drought Continues across South Central and Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

April of 2022 was a warm, windy and dry month across south central
and especially southeast Colorado, as weather systems moved mainly
north of the area, bringing very windy weather and mainly dry weather
to southern Colorado. This dry and very windy pattern brought critical
and extreme fire weather conditions to much of south central and
southeast Colorado through out the month, with several wildfires and
dust storms recorded across the region.

While a quick moving storm system brought some much needed precipitation
across southeastern Colorado to start the month of May, it was not enough
to even put a dent in the current drought across southern Colorado.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor issued Thursday, May
5th, 2022, continues to indicate exceptional drought (D4) conditions
across far southwestern into east central portions of Baca County.

Extreme drought (D3) conditions are also depicted across extreme
southern and southeastern Las Animas County, most of the rest of Baca
County, extreme southeastern Bent County and the southern half of
Prowers County.

Severe drought (D2) conditions are indicated across Saguache County,
northern portions of Mineral County, most of Rio Grande County, Alamosa
County, most of Conejos County, Costilla County and extreme western
portions of Huerfano County. Severe drought (D2) conditions are also
depicted across eastern El Paso County, extreme northeastern Pueblo
County, most of Crowley County, Kiowa County, eastern Otero County,
Bent County, northern Prowers County,extreme northwestern Baca County,
and central portions of Las Animas County.

Moderate drought (D1) conditions are depicted across Lake County,
Chaffee County, and southern Mineral County into southwestern Rio
Grande and northwestern Conejos Counties. Moderate drought (D1)
conditions are also indicated across Fremont County, southwestern
Teller County, Custer County, the rest of Huerfano County, most of El
Paso County, the rest of Pueblo, Crowley, Otero and Las Animas Counties.

Abnormally dry (D0) conditions are indicated across the northern 2/3rds
of Teller County into extreme northwestern portions of El Paso County.

More information about drought classification can be found at:

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

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Very dry and windy weather through out the month of April brought
high to extreme fire danger to most of the snow free areas of south
central and southeast Colorado. There were several wildfire starts
across south central and southeast Colorado since the beginning of
April, prompting fire bans and restrictions across most of 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 USDA`s "Colorado Crop Progress" report for the week ending May
1st, 2022 indicated 88 percent of topsoil moisture and 82 percent of
subsoil moisture across the state being reported as short or very
short. The report also indicated that reporters from Otero and
Crowley Counties noted that "strong winds, dry conditions and high
temperatures fueled dust storms and fires across the region".

The shorter term (1 week, 1 month) Evaporative Demand Drought Index
(EDDI) data and CPC Soil Moisture data also indicates very dry conditions
across the far southeast Colorado plains arching back into eastern El
Paso County.

HYDROLOGIC...

NRCS data indicated the statewide snowpack on May 1st was down to 79
percent of median, as compared to 77 percent of median at this time
last year. However, stark differences in location of said snowpack
are evident, with southern basins indicating much faster melt off than
northern basins, in part due to dust storms across the region.

In the Arkansas basin, May 1st snowpack came in at only 66 percent of
median, as compared to the 78 percent of median snowpack at this time
last year. May 1st snowpack fell drastically due in part to only 57
percent of median precipitation was recorded through the month of
April. This also dropped water-year-to-date precipitation across the
Arkansas basin to 87 percent of median.

In the Rio Grande basin, May 1st snowpack came in at only 43 percent
of median, as compared to 75 percent of median at this time last year.
May 1st snowpack fell drastically due in part to only 48 percent of
median precipitation was recorded through the month of April. This
also dropped water-year-to-date precipitation across the Rio Grande basin
to 83 percent of median. Another factor in the rapid meltoff of the
Rio Grande snowpack was dust accumulation on top of the snow, which
helped to increase melting across the basin.

NRCS data also indicated statewide water storage was at 77 percent of
median overall at the end of April, as compared to the 81 percent of
median storage available at this time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of April came in at
92 percent of median overall, as compared to the 89 percent of median
storage available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of April came in at
92 percent of median overall, as compared to the 87 percent of median
storage available at this time last year.

May 1st streamflow forecasts in the Arkansas Basin range from near
40 percent of median at Trinidad Lake inflow to 80 percent of median
at Chalk Creek near Nathrop.

May 1st streamflow forecasts in the Rio Grande Basin range from near
20 percent of median at Sangre de Cristo Creek to 79 percent of median
at the Conejos River near Mogote.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of April was
43.0 degrees, which is 0.4 degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded
0.44 inches of precipitation through the month of April, which is
0.13 inches below normal. Alamosa also tallied 1.5 inches of snow
through out the month of April.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of
April was 51.6 degrees. This is 4.1 degrees above normal and makes
April of 2022 the 8th warmest April on record. Colorado Springs
recorded only 0.01 inches of precipitation through the month of April.
This is 1.44 inches below normal and makes April of 2022, tied with
April of 1964, as the driest April on record in Colorado Springs.
Colorado Springs recorded only a trace of snowfall through the month
of April. This is 5.5 inches below normal and makes April of 2022
tied as the 6th least snowiest April on record. Colorado Springs tied
or set 3 daily record high temperatures in April, including the record
high temperature of 87 degrees on April 22nd, which also ties the
April monthly record high temperature of 87 degrees set on April 30th,
1992.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of April was
52.9 degrees, which is 1.6 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.51
inches of precipitation through the month of March, which is 1.06 inches
below normal. Pueblo only recorded a trace of snowfall in April of
2022. This is 3.4 inches below normal and makes April of 2022 tied as
the 12th least snowiest March on record.

Here are a few other statistics for select south central and
southeast Colorado locations, indicating observed precipitation totals
and departure from normal 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 0.44/-0.13 1.25/-0.11 1.62/-0.78 6.22/-1.17
COS Airport 0.01/-1.41 1.32/-1.24 1.64/-1.81 12.44/-3.47
PUB Airport 0.51/-1.06 2.42/-0.29 3.09/-0.67 16.00/+3.98

Lamar 0.02/-1.44 1.18/-1.42 1.88/-1.99 15.12/-1.07
Campo 7S 0.01/-1.34 0.26/-2.23 0.37/-3.42 9.71/-6.90
Walsh 1W 0.18/-1.47 1.36/-1.75 1.83/-3.08 16.53/-3.00
Kim 15NNE 0.18/-1.55 2.57/-0.84 3.52/-1.91 15.80/-0.89
FlorissantFB 0.59/-0.54 2.30/-0.15 3.02/-0.86 15.56/+0.59
Canon City 0.22/-1.54 2.83/-0.54 3.56/-1.37 13.19/-0.53
Rye 1SW 0.53/-2.73 7.38/+0.55 9.78/-1.06 28.30/+2.93
Westcliffe 1.25/-0.31 3.88/+0.68 3.61/-1.29 12.69/-0.90
Walsenburg 1NW 0.79/-1.47 4.24/-0.56 5.96/-1.68 19.16/+1.87
Trinidad 0.58/-0.82 1.66/-1.28 2.07/-2.59 16.56/+1.69
Crestone 2SE 0.75/-0.32 2.02/-0.52 2.69/-1.59 10.43/-2.00
Del Norte 2E 0.32/-0.47 1.85/-0.05 2.19/-1.06 7.47/-2.21
Buena Vista 2S 1.14/+0.12 2.14/+0.06 2.57/-0.71 10.67/+0.74
Climax 3.02/+0.12 6.16/-1.17 12.64/-1.07 25.86/+0.63

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next week
indicates better chances of below normal precipitation across
all of south central and southeast Colorado, with better chances
of above normal temperatures across southern Colorado and near
normal temperatures across south central Colorado. The outlook
for the rest of May, June and July still indicates better chances
for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across
all of south central and southeast Colorado.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Thursday June 16th, 2022, or sooner
if necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional information 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 Forecast Office
3 Eaton Way
Pueblo, Colorado 81007
Phone: 719-948-9429

or email to: nws.pueblo@noaa.gov

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