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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
1243 PM MDT Thu Jul 30 2020

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1243 PM MDT Thu Jul 30 2020

...Some Improvement in Drought Conditions across Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

While warm and mainly dry conditions were experienced across much of
Colorado through the month of June, there were spotty areas of beneficial
rainfall across across portions of the southeast Colorado plains, due
to scattered thunderstorms. Through much of July thus far, thunderstorm
activity has become more widespread across south central and southeast
Colorado, bringing more beneficial rainfall to the area, especially across
the lower Arkansas River Valley, where 3 to 4 inches of rain has fallen
through out July.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday July 30th
2020, indicates some improvement in the extreme drought (D3) conditions
across Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers Counties, as well as north central
portions of Las Animas County and northeastern portions of Baca County.

Extreme drought (D3) conditions are now indicated across most of Kiowa
County, extreme northern Prowers County, western through south central
portions of Baca County, and western and southern portions of Las Animas
County. Extreme drought (D3) conditions also remain depicted across
southwestern portions of Custer County, most of Huerfano County,
Costilla County, Alamosa County, southeastern portions of Saguache
County, Conejos County, most of Rio Grande County and the southern
half of Mineral County.

The latest US Drought Monitor now indicates severe drought (D2) conditions
across eastern El Paso County, most of Pueblo County, extreme eastern
Huerfano County, north central portions of Las Animas County, Otero County,
Crowley County, western Kiowa County, Bent County, most of Prowers County,
and extreme northwestern into southeastern Baca County. Severe drought
(D2) conditions also remain depicted across the northern half of
Mineral County, extreme northwestern portions of Rio Grande County,
the rest of Saguache County, extreme southwestern Chaffee County, the
southern half of Fremont County and the rest of Custer County.

Moderate drought (D1) conditions are indicated across the rest of Chaffee
County, extreme western portions of Lake County, northern Fremont County
and southwestern to north central portions of El Paso County, while
abnormally dry (D0) conditions are indicated across northwestern El Paso
County, Teller County, and the rest of Lake County.

More information about drought classification can be found at:

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

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

After a warm and relatively dry start to the month of July, cooler,
wetter and less windy weather over the past few weeks has helped to
curb the fire danger somewhat across portions of south central and
southeast Colorado. The cooler and wetter weather over the past few
weeks has also led to slight but steady improvement in soil moisture
across the area, with the latest 1 week and 1 month Evaporate Demand
Drought Index (EDDI) indicating improving conditions across much of
southern 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 week ending July 26th, 2020 USDA Colorado Crop Progress Report
indicated 67 percent of topsoil moisture across the state was rated
at short or very short, compared to 71 percent reported at short or
very short the previous week. This, however, compares to only 23
percent being reported at short or very short at this same time last
year, with the 5 year average being 28 percent.

Subsoil moisture showed similar results with 70 percent being
reported as short or very short statewide, as compared to 74 percent
reported at short or very short the previous week. This, however,
compares to only 20 percent being reported at short or very short at
this same time last year, with the 5 year average being 26 percent.

HYDROLOGIC...

NRCS data indicated statewide precipitation for the month of June
came in at 81 percent of average, as compared to 143 percent average
at this same time last year. This brings statewide 2020 Water Year
precipitation to 83 percent of average overall, as compared to 125
percent of average overall at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas basin, NRCS data indicated June precipitation was 84
percent of average, as compared to 117 percent average at this same
time last year. This brings Arkansas basin 2020 Water Year precipitation
to 79 percent of average overall, as compared to 118 percent of average
overall at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande basin, NRCS data indicated June precipitation was
84 percent of average, as compared to 56 percent average at this same
time last year. This brings the Rio Grande basin 2020 Water Year
precipitation to 65 percent of average overall, as compared to 128
percent of average overall at this same time last year.

NRCS data also indicated statewide water storage was at 91 percent of
average overall at the end of June, compared to the 103 percent of
average storage available statewide at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of June came in at 71
percent of average overall, as compared to 87 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of June came in at
55 percent of average overall, as compared to 137 percent of average
storage available at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of June was 61.8
degrees. This is 2.2 degrees above normal, making June of 2020, tied
with the June of 1988 and June of 2006 as the 20th warmest June on
record in Alamosa. Alamosa recorded 0.17 inches of precipitation through
the month June, which is 0.32 inches below normal. Alamosa recorded
a trace of snow through the month of June, which keeps the 2019-2020
seasonal snowfall total in Alamosa at 16.8 inches. This is 9.0 inches
below normal, and makes the 2019-2020 season the 14th least snowiest
on record in Alamosa.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of June
was 69.6 degrees. This is 4.5 degrees above normal and makes June of 2020,
tied with June of 2010, as the 10th warmest June on record in Colorado
Springs. Colorado Springs recorded 0.78 inches of precipitation through
the month of June. This is 1.72 inches below normal and makes June of
2020, tied with June 1985, as the 29th driest June on record. Colorado
Springs recorded a trace of snow on June 9th, which keeps the 2019-2020
seasonal snowfall at 56.4 inches. This is 18.7 inches above normal and
makes the 2019-2020 season the 15th snowiest on record in Colorado Springs.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of June was 74.5
degrees. This is 4.5 degrees above normal and makes June of 2020 the
9th warmest June on record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded 0.66 inches of
precipitation through the month of June, which is 0.70 inches below
normal. Pueblo recorded 0.0 inches of snow through the month of June,
which keeps the 2019-2020 seasonal snowfall at 36.2 inches. This is
4.4 inches above normal, making the 2019-2020 season the 32nd snowiest
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 0.17/-0.32 0.49/-1.17 0.97/-1.74 3.66/-3.65
COS Airport 0.78/-1.72 2.79/-3.16 4.49/-3.12 8.69/-7.58
PUB Airport 0.66/-0.70 1.17/-3.10 2.15/-3.70 8.70/-3.87

Eads 0.64/-1.59 1.56/-4.37 2.80/-4.85 10.31/-5.37
Lamar 1.82/-0.53 2.65/-3.04 3.67/-3.53 8.38/-6.82
Campo 7S 0.82/-1.64 1.48/-4.41 2.27/-5.35 9.32/-7.64
Walsh 1W 1.06/-1.63 2.43/-4.04 3.44/-5.08 9.72/-9.44
Kim 15NNE 2.02/+0.06 3.12/-2.41 4.94/-2.90 9.94/-6.90
Canon City 1.01/-0.11 2.47/-1.59 4.75/-1.40 9.94/-3.53
Rye 1SW 0.62/-2.25 1.88/-6.15 5.97/-7.07 17.72/-7.39
Westcliffe 0.66/-0.35 1.33/-2.64 2.90/-3.47 7.84/-6.71
Walsenburg 1NW 0.52/-1.02 1.62/-3.92 3.69/-5.56 11.02/-7.02
Trinidad 2.28/+0.57 2.84/-1.87 3.19/-3.78 10.93/-5.38
Crestone 2SE 1.30/+0.30 2.04/-1.10 2.96/-2.32 8.49/-4.77
Del Norte 2E 0.71/-0.04 0.98/-1.43 1.53/-2.46 7.33/-3.23
Buena Vista 2S 0.49/-0.39 0.68/-2.27 1.65/-2.71 5.80/-4.79
Climax 1.31/-0.02 5.10/-0.63 12.72/+1.04 22.15/-1.83

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next week indicates
better chances of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
across south central and southeast Colorado. The outlook for the rest
August, September and October indicates better chances for above normal
temperatures and below normal precipitation across the area.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Saturday August 22th, 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

nws.pueblo@noaa.gov

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