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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
439 PM MDT THU APR 10 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-122245-
439 PM MDT THU APR 10 2014

...DROUGHT PERSISTS AND DEEPENS ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS...

SYNOPSIS...

THE MONTH OF MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION...BRINGING COOL TEMPERATURES
AND GOOD PRECIPITATION...ESPECIALLY TO AREAS OVER AND NEAR THE
HIGHER TERRAIN. HOWEVER...WARMER...DRIER AND WINDY WEATHER WAS
THEN EXPERIENCED ACROSS MUCH OF THE STATE THROUGH THE REST OF THE
MONTH...WITH MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO
RECORDING BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH AS A
WHOLE...SAVE PORTIONS OF CENTRAL MOUNTAINS AND THE WET
MOUNTAINS...WHICH RECEIVED AT OR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION IN
MARCH.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES
INCREASING DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS HAVE EXPANDED SOUTH AND EAST
ACROSS LOWER ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY...AND NOW INCLUDES MOST OF
CROWLEY COUNTY...WESTERN OTERO COUNTY...MOST OF BENT AND PROWERS
COUNTIES...MUCH OF WESTERN AND SOUTHERN KIOWA COUNTY...AS WELL AS
EXTREME NORTHEAST AND EXTREME SOUTH CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY AND
EXTREME NORTHWEST AND EXTREME SOUTHEAST BACA COUNTY.

THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUES TO INDICATE EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN CROWLEY COUNTY...EASTERN
OTERO COUNTY...SOUTHWESTERN KIOWA COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN BENT
COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS HAVE ALSO EXPANDED TO INCLUDE THE
REST OF BACA COUNTY. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE
DEPICTED ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...EASTERN
PUEBLO COUNTY...CENTRAL AND EASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY AND
NORTHEASTERN KIOWA COUNTY.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
EL PASO COUNTY...MOST OF THE REST OF PUEBLO COUNTY...WESTERN LAS ANIMAS
COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS ALL OF
SAGUACHE...MINERAL...RIO GRANDE...CONEJOS...ALAMOSA AND COSTILLA
COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS
SOUTHCENTRAL THROUGH NORTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...WESTERN PUEBLO
COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS ALL OF
LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT...TELLER AND CUSTER COUNTIES. DROUGHT
FREE CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN THROUGH
NORTH CENTRAL EL PASO COUNTY AND WESTERN HUERFANO COUNTY.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE US DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFICATION SCHEME CAN
BE FOUND AT:

WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUS/CLASSIFICATIONSCHEME.ASPX

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS HAVE CONTINUED TO SEE THE LOSS
OF TOPSOIL DUE TO LACK VEGETATION AS A RESULT OF LONG TERM
DROUGHT AND WINDY WEATHER ASSOCIATED WITH STRONG COLD FRONTS
MOVING ACROSS THE REGION. THE WINDY WEATHER AND ASSOCIATED BLOWING
DUST AND BLOWING TUMBLEWEEDS HAS BEEN A PERSISTENT PROBLEM ACROSS
SOUTHEAST COLORADO THIS WINTER AND EARLY SPRING.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER HAS REMAINED HIGH ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH THE EARLY
SPRING...ESPECIALLY OVER THE SNOW FREE AREAS OF THE SOUTHEAST
PLAINS WHERE GRASSES HAVE NOT GREENED UP.

THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND AT:

WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-DANS-DANGER.HTML

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

THE LATEST CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS CONTINUE TO
INDICATE NEAR NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS IN PLACE ACROSS
MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THE ONE EXCEPTION
REMAINS ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE LOWER ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY...WHERE THE LARGEST
SOIL MOISTURE DEFICITS CONTINUE TO BE REPORTED.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH IN ALAMOSA WAS
3.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING IT THE 15TH WARMEST MARCH ON
RECORD. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 0.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 3.4
INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH...WHICH IS 0.13 INCHES
AND 1.6 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH IN COLORADO
SPRINGS WAS 0.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED
0.42 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 2.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT
THE MONTH OF MARCH...WHICH IS 0.58 INCHES AND 5.2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH IN PUEBLO WAS 0.8
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 0.76 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 2.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF MARCH...WHICH IS
IS 0.17 INCHES AND 3.3 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

HERE ARE A FEW OTHER STATISTICS FOR SELECT LOCATIONS INDICATING
OBSERVED PRECIPITATION TOTALS AND DEPARTURE FROM NORMALS:

...............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    0.40/-0.13  0.52/-0.53  2.85/+0.35   10.14/+2.83
COS AIRPORT    0.42/-0.58  1.31/-0.35  2.07/-1.15   19.27/+2.73
PUB AIRPORT    0.76/-0.17  1.49/-0.09  2.10/-1.05   10.27/-2.30

EADS           0.17/-0.76  1.04/-0.68  1.68/-2.09   14.99/-0.69
ORDWAY 21N     0.25/-0.53  0.72/-0.61  1.45/-1.24    6.05/-6.50
LAS ANIMAS     0.32/-0.61  0.82/-0.90  1.88/-1.71    8.99/-4.74
LAMAR          0.30/-0.54  1.60/+0.09  2.58/-0.51   14.36/-0.84
CAMPO 7S       0.08/-0.92  0.34/-1.39  0.74/-3.28   11.49/-5.47
WALSH 1W       0.41/-0.71  1.02/-1.03  2.34/-2.42   17.50/-1.66
RUSH 1N        0.27/-0.50  1.06/-0.20  2.07/-0.66   12.79/-2.16
CANON CITY     1.30/+0.16  2.28/+0.19  3.65/-0.53   15.70/+2.23
RYE 1SW        3.15/+0.62  4.47/-1.54  8.65/-0.30   28.72/+3.61
WESTCLIFFE     1.39/+0.18  2.09/-0.31  4.71/-0.24   12.55/-2.00
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.44/-0.52  2.44/-1.27  4.77/-2.45   14.92/-3.12
TRINIDAD       0.73/-0.43  1.46/-0.80  2.31/-2.60   13.67/-2.64
KIM 15NNE      0.52/-0.76  1.36/-0.95  2.41/-2.39   12.58/-4.26
CRESTONE 2SE   0.33/-0.79  0.97/-1.17  5.12/+0.80   14.77/+1.51
DEL NORTE 2E   0.45/-0.38  0.85/-0.73  3.59/+0.06    9.16/-1.40
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.18/-0.52  1.15/-0.26  2.93/-0.14   11.34/+0.75
CLIMAX         2.76/+0.50  9.89/+3.94 14.40/+2.79   31.33/+7.35

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE MONTH OF MARCH WAS NEAR AVERAGE
OVERALL...WHICH KEPT STATEWIDE APRIL 1ST SNOWPACK AT 115 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL AND IS 157 PERCENT OF LAST YEARS STATEWIDE TOTAL
AT THIS SAME TIME.

UNFORTUNATELY...THIS PRECIPITATION IS NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED ACROSS
THE STATE...WITH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL BASINS CONTINUING TO
TRACK WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS...WHERE AS THE SOUTHERN BASINS
CONTINUE TO SEE BELOW TO WELL BELOW AVERAGE SNOWPACK.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...THE APRIL 1ST SNOWPACK READING WAS AT 112
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS A 3 PERCENT INCREASE FROM
LAST MONTHS READING...AND REMAINS AN IMPRESSIVE 156 PERCENT OF
THE SNOWPACK IN PLACE FROM THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE SNOWPACK
ACROSS THE ARKANSAS BASIN KEEPS THE OVERALL TREND OF NOT BEING
EVENLY DISTRIBUTED...WITH THE UPPER ARKANSAS SUB BASINS SNOWPACK
RUNNING AT 134 PERCENT OF NORMAL WITH THE PURGATOIRE SUB BASIN
RUNNING AT 58 PERCENT OF NORMAL AS OF APRIL 1ST.

THE RIO GRANDE BASIN RECEIVED VERY LITTLE PRECIPITATION AFTER A
FEW EARLY MARCH STORMS...WITH THE APRIL 1ST READING REMAINING AT
79 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS...HOWEVER...IS STILL 117 PERCENT
OF THE SNOWPACK IN PLACE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS DECREASED SLIGHTLY OVER THE
PAST MONTH AND WERE AT 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AS OF
APRIL 1ST. STORAGE LEVELS IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN WERE THE LOWEST
IN THE STATE AT 60 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AS OF APRIL 1ST.
THIS HOWEVER REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE 49 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
RECORDED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...THE
APRIL 1ST STORAGE LEVELS WERE AT 70 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AND
CONTINUES TO TREND WELL ABOVE THE 52 PERCENT OF AVERAGE LEVELS RECORDED
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ACROSS NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE ARKANSAS BASIN REMAIN AT OR ABOVE AVERAGE
OVERALL...WHILE STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF
THE BASIN REMAIN GENERALLY BELOW OR WELL BELOW AVERAGE. IN THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN....STREAMFLOW FORECASTS REMAIN BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS
NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN AND WELL BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS SOUTHERN
PORTIONS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATE BETTER CHANCES OF
NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST
OF APRIL...MAY AND JUNE INCLUDE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW
AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION...SAVE A SLIGHT
TILT TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN COLORADO.

ON A LONGER TERM SCALE...CPC HAS ISSUED AN EL NINO WATCH FOR LATER
THIS SUMMER AND FALL. IF AND EL NINO EPISODE DOES DEVELOP...THERE
COULD BE INCREASED CHANCES FOR BENEFICIAL MOISTURE ACROSS SOUTHERN
COLORADO NEXT FALL AND WINTER.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY MAY 8TH 2014...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
THE FOLLOWING WEB ADDRESSES /USE LOWER CASE LETTERS/:

U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR: HTTP://DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU

SOUTHEAST AND SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO PRECIPITATION AND DROUGHT
MONITOR: HTTP://WWW.CRH.NOAA.GOV/PUB/?N=NEW_LOCAL_DROUGHT_PAGE.PHP

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

THE DROUGHT MONITOR IS A MULTI-AGENCY EFFORT INVOLVING
NOAA/S NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND NATIONAL CLIMATIC
DATA CENTER...THE USDA...STATE AND REGIONAL CENTER
CLIMATOLOGISTS AND THE NATIONAL DROUGHT MITIGATION
CENTER. INFORMATION FOR THIS STATEMENT HAS BEEN GATHERED
FROM NWS AND FAA OBSERVATION SITES...STATE 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
3 EATON WAY
PUEBLO CO 81007
PHONE: 719-948-9429
W-PUB.WEBMASTER@NOAA.GOV

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