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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
945 PM MDT Fri Jul 13 2018

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
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945 PM MDT Fri Jul 13 2018

...Exceptional Drought Develops across Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

Weather systems through out the month of June have brought some
precipitation across the State of Colorado. However, the bulk of the
precipitation has been focused across northern and extreme eastern
portions of the state, with the precipitation received across South
Central and Southeast Colorado more spotty, and not enough to overcome
the extremely warm and dry weather that has been experienced over past
several months.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday July
12th, 2018 is now indicating Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions
across eastern Pueblo County, north central Las Animas County, Otero
County, the southern 2/3rds of Crowley County, southwestern portions
of Kiowa County, and western portions of Bent County. The latest US
Drought Monitor is also indicating some improvement in drought
condition across extreme eastern portions of Kiowa, Prowers and Baca
Counties, which are now depicted in Moderate Drought (D1) conditions.

Exceptional Drought (D4) conditions remain depicted across the Sangre
de Cristo Mountains of Southern Colorado, which includes portions of
Costilla, Las Animas, Huerfano, Alamosa, Custer and Saguache Counties.

Extreme Drought (D3) conditions continue to be depicted across Mineral,
Rio Grande and Conejos Counties, southern portions of Saguache County,
and the rest of Alamosa and Costilla Counties. Extreme Drought (D3)
conditions are also indicated across southern portions of Fremont and
El Paso Counties, the rest of Custer, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas,
Crowley and Bent Counties. Extreme Drought (D3) conditions are also
indicated across western Kiowa, Prowers and Baca Counties.

Severe Drought (D2) conditions are depicted across southwestern
portions of Lake County, Chaffee County, and the rest of Saguache and
Fremont Counties. Severe Drought (D2) conditions are also indicated
across southern Teller County, most of the rest of El Paso County,
as well as central portions of Kiowa, Prowers and Baca Counties.

Moderate Drought (D1) conditions are also indicated across the rest
of Lake County, northern Teller County and northwestern El Paso
County.

More information about the drought classification can be found at:

droughtmonitor.unl.edu/AboutUSDM/DroughtClassification.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Warm and dry conditions across the region over the past several
months, combined with abundant cured fuels, has allowed for moderate
to high fire danger to persist across much of South Central and
Southeast Colorado. Several large and destructive wildfires have been
reported across the state over the past month, including the Spring,
Chateau, Weston Pass and Adobe fires across South Central and
Southeast Colorado. With that said, many land management agencies
continue to enforce strict fire bans and restrictions.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

The very warm and dry conditions across the area over the last several
months continues to dry out soil moisture across south central and
southeast Colorado, with the greatest deficits being realized across
the Southeast Colorado Plains. The latest USDA Colorado Crop Report
also indicates 45 percent of topsoil and 43 percent of subsoil moisture
reported at short or very short across the state, as compared to 40
percent and 39 percent of topsoil and subsoil moisture reported as
short or very short last week.

HYDROLOGIC...

With the hot and dry conditions, water storage across the state fell
to 82 percent of average overall at the end of June, as compared to
107 percent of average storage available at this same time last year.
However, data for all reservoir`s across the state did not make it
into the July 1st storage report.

The lack of winter snowpack and runoff has also prompted some water
restrictions across the state, including the Beulah area in southwestern
Pueblo County.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the past month of June
was 3.0 degrees above normal, making June of 2018, tied with June of
1981 and 1952, as the 5th warmest June on record in Alamosa. Alamosa
recorded 0.62 inches of precipitation through out the month of June,
which is 0.13 inches above normal.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the past month
of June was 6.0 degrees above normal, making June of 2018 the 2nd warmest
June on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs recorded 1.43 inches
of precipitation through out the month of June, which is 1.07 inches
below normal.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the past month of June
was 6.6 degrees above normal, making June of 2018 the 2nd warmest
June on record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded 0.17 inches of precipitation
through out the month of June. This is 1.19 inches below normal, and
makes June of 2018 the 11th driest June 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 0.62/-0.13 0.96/-0.70 1.42/-1.29 7.68/+0.37
COS Airport 1.43/-1.07 3.97/-1.98 5.13/-2.48 16.95/+0.41
PUB Airport 0.17/-1.19 1.24/-3.03 2.11/-3.74 7.47/-5.10

Eads 0.80/-1.43 3.31/-2.62 4.07/-3.58 15.42/-0.26
Lamar 1.04/-1.31 2.84/-2.85 3.26/-3.94 16.39/+1.19
Campo 7S 1.29/-1.17 2.84/-3.05 2.96/-4.66 18.14/+1.18
Walsh 1W 2.34/-0.35 5.34/-1.13 5.82/-2.70 20.33/+1.17
Kim 15NNE 0.11/-1.85 1.61/-3.92 2.97/-4.87 16.08/-0.76
Florissant 0.47/-1.42 2.09/-3.01 3.12/-4.11 15.06/-1.82
Canon City 0.03/-1.09 2.01/-1.80 3.30/-2.85 12.74/-0.73
Rye 1SW 0.43/-2.44 1.85/-6.18 4.42/-8.62 17.95/-7.16
Westcliffe 0.07/-0.94 0.93/-3.04 2.23/-4.14 10.05/-4.55
Walsenburg 1NW 0.43/-1.11 1.94/-3.60 3.90/-5.35 13.83/-4.21
Trinidad 0.14/-1.57 1.29/-3.42 2.81/-4.16 14.54/-1.77
Crestone 2SE 1.49/+0.49 2.11/-1.03 2.79/-2.49 10.96/-2.30
Del Norte 2E 0.59/-0.16 1.05/-1.36 2.15/-1.84 7.96/-2.60
Buena Vista 2S 0.19/-0.69 1.28/-1.67 1.80/-2.56 8.06/-2.53
Climax 1.29/-0.04 6.62/+0.89 12.91/+1.23 26.07/+2.09


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next week indicates
better chances of above normal temperatures and precipitation across
South Central and Southeast Colorado. The outlook for the rest July,
August and September 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 Thursday August 9th, 2018, 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/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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