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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
722 AM MDT Sat Oct 10 2020

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722 AM MDT Sat Oct 10 2020

...Moderate to Exceptional Drought Conditions Persist across southern
Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

September was a month of extremes across south central and southeast
Colorado. This first week of the month was extremely warm with
Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo all setting new monthly record
high temperatures, with a possible new Colorado September record high
temperature of 108 degrees recorded in La Junta on September 6th,
2020. This was followed by record cold temperatures and record
snowfall, as an unseasonably strong and cold storm system moved across
the state September 8th through September 10th. Generally warm and dry
conditions were experienced across the region through the rest of the
month, with a few minor fronts bringing a few days of slightly cooler
temperatures to the region.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday October
8th 2020, continues to indicate exceptional drought (D4) conditions
across central portions of Kiowa County, with severe drought (D3)
conditions indicated across most of the rest of Kiowa County into
northern portions of Prowers County and northeastern portions of Bent
County. Extreme drought (D3) conditions are also indicated across
Lake County, the western 2/3rds of Chaffee County, the western halves
of Saguache and Rio Grande Counties, Mineral County, northwestern
through southeastern Conejos County, most of Costilla County, and
southern Huerfano County into western portions of Las Animas County.

Severe drought (D2) conditions are indicated across eastern portions
of Chaffee, Saguache and Rio Grande Counties, northwestern into
southeastern portions of Alamosa County, as well as northeastern
Conejos County into northwestern portions of Costilla County. Severe
drought (D2) conditions are also indicated across western Fremont
County, northern Teller County, most of El Paso County, Pueblo County,
northern Huerfano County, and most of the rest of Las Animas County.
Severe drought (D2) conditions are also in place across most of Crowley
County, extreme western Kiowa County, western Otero County, and most
of Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties.

Moderate drought (D1) conditions are depicted across southern Teller
County, west central El Paso County, eastern Fremont County, and
Custer County. Moderate drought (D1) conditions are also indicated
across extreme southeastern Crowley County, eastern Otero County,
northeastern to southeastern Bent County, extreme southwestern Prowers
County, and northwestern Baca County into northeastern Las Animas
County.

More information about drought classification can be found at:

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

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Very warm and dry conditions through the month of August and the first
week of September helped to develop high to extreme fire danger
across the region, with several large wildfire starts experienced
across the state into early September. Much cooler and unsettled
weather in the second week of September briefly tempered fire danger
across the area, before warm and breezy weather once again allowed
for fire danger to increase through the end of September and into
early October.

The latest information on fire bans and restrictions across the area
can be found at: www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

AGRICULTURAL...

For the week ending October 4th, 2020, the USDA Colorado Crop Progress
Report indicated 85 percent of topsoil moisture across the state rated
at short or very short, compared to 77 percent being reported at short
or very short last week and only 46 percent at this same time last year.

Subsoil moisture indicated similar conditions, with 86 percent being
reported as short or very short statewide, as compared to 79 percent
being reported at short or very short last week and only 38 percent
at this same time last year.

HYDROLOGIC...

NRCS data indicated statewide precipitation for the month of September
was at 54 percent of average, as compared to 38 percent average at
this same time last year. This brings an end to the 2020 Water Year
with statewide precipitation totals at 78 percent of average overall,
as compared to 108 percent of average overall for Water Year 2019.

In the Arkansas basin, NRCS data indicated September precipitation
was at 79 percent of average, as compared to 30 percent of average at
this same time last year. This brings an end to the 2020 Water Year
with Arkansas basin precipitation totals at 74 percent of average
overall, as compared to 101 percent for Water Year 2019.

In the Rio Grande basin, NRCS data indicated September precipitation
was 71 percent of average, as compared to 35 percent of average at
this same time last year. This brings an end to the 2020 Water Year
with Rio Grande basin precipitation totals at 65 percent of average
overall, as compared to 108 percent for Water Year 2019.

NRCS data also indicated statewide water storage was at 84 percent of
average overall at the end of September, compared to the 112 percent
of average storage available statewide at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of September came in
at 80 percent of average overall, as compared to 107 percent of average
storage available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of September came
in at 67 percent of average overall, as compared to 100 percent of
average storage available at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of September
was 54.7 degrees, which is 0.3 degrees below normal. Alamosa recorded
1.53 inches of precipitation through the month September. This is
0.62 inches above normal and makes September of 2020 the 11th wettest
September on record. Alamosa recorded 15.3 inches of snow in
September. This is 15.3 inches above normal and makes September of
2020 the snowiest September on record, surpassing the 10 inches of
snow recorded in September of 1936. Alamosa set a new record monthly
high temperature when the high topped out at 89 degrees on September
5th and 6th. Alamosa also set a new daily record low temperature, 3
new daily record low maximum temperatures, 1 new daily precipitation
record and 3 new daily record snowfalls, when an unseasonably strong
and cold weather system moves across the state September 8th through
September 10th.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of
September was 63.7 degrees. This is 2.8 degrees above normal and
makes September of 2020 the 22nd warmest September on record.
Colorado Springs recorded 0.35 inches of precipitation through the
month of September. This is 0.84 inches below normal and makes
September of 2020 the 26th driest on record. Colorado Springs recorded
2.6 inches of snow in September. This is 2.4 inches above normal and
makes September of 2020 the 8th snowiest September on record. Colorado
Springs set a new record monthly high temperature when the high topped
out at 97 degrees on September 6th. Colorado Springs also set 2 new
daily record low temperatures, a new daily record low maximum
temperature, and a new daily record snowfall, when an unseasonably
strong and cold weather system moves across the state September 8th
through September 10th.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of September was
65.8 degrees, which is 1.1 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.71
inches of precipitation through the month of September, which is 0.06
inches below normal. Pueblo recorded 0.8 inches of snow in September,
which is 0.5 inches above normal. The trace of snow recorded on
September 8th and the 0.8 inches of snow recorded on September 9th set
new records for the earliest snowfall and the earliest measurable
snowfall in Pueblo`s history. Pueblo set a new record monthly high
temperature when the high topped out at 103 degrees on September 6th.
Pueblo also set 2 new daily record low temperatures, a new daily
record low maximum temperature, and 3 new daily snowfall records, when
an unseasonably strong and cold weather system moves across the state
September 8th through September 10th.

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 1.53/+0.62 3.44/+0.29 3.94/-0.65 5.44/-1.87
COS Airport 0.35/-0.84 4.62/-2.75 7.41/-5.91 11.15/-5.39
PUB Airport 0.71/-0.06 2.33/-2.82 3.50/-5.92 6.45/-6.12

Eads 0.30/-0.72 1.03/-4.95 2.59/-9.32 4.53/-11.2
Lamar 0.30/-0.95 5.74/-0.68 8.39/-3.72 10.15/-5.05
Campo 7S 0.71/-0.67 6.49/-0.56 7.97/-4.97 9.99/-6.97
Walsh 1W 1.11/-0.36 7.92/-0.01 10.35/-4.05 12.75/-6.41
Kim 15NNE 0.68/-0.62 6.91/+0.41 10.03/-2.01 13.52/-3.32
FlorrissantFB 0.37/-0.96 3.57/-4.00 6.29/-6.38 11.19/-5.96
Canon City 0.92/-0.11 4.29/-0.94 6.76/-2.53 11.75/-1.72
Rye 1SW 1.72/-0.07 4.77/-3.36 6.65/-9.51 16.39/-8.72
Westcliffe 1.25/+0.36 4.98/-0.65 6.31/-3.29 10.32/-4.23
Walsenburg 1NW 1.28/+0.35 3.93/-1.35 5.55/-5.27 11.30/-6.74
Trinidad 1.04/-0.29 4.41/-2.28 7.25/-4.15 9.87/-6.44
Crestone 2SE 1.03/-0.29 4.32/-1.48 6.39/-2.58 9.57/-3.69
Del Norte 2E 1.90/+0.72 5.30/+0.68 6.28/-0.75 8.50/-2.06
Buena Vista 2S 0.81/-0.19 2.75/-1.82 3.43/-4.09 6.78/-3.81
Climax 0.50/-1.21 4.75/-1.89 9.85/-2.52 23.69/-0.29

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next week indicates
a slight nod to above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation
across all south central and southeast Colorado. The outlook for the rest
of October, November and December indicates better chances for above normal
temperatures and below normal precipitation across the area.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Sunday November 8th, 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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