Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
708 PM MST FRI DEC 12 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-150215-
708 PM MST FRI DEC 12 2014

...SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS PERSIST ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

NOVEMBER OF 2014 WAS A MONTH OF TEMPERATURE EXTREMES...AS IT STARTED
OUT VERY WARM...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS. AN UNSEASONABLY
STRONG ARCTIC AIRMASS INVADED EASTERN COLORADO THROUGH THE MIDDLE
OF THE MONTH...WITH WELL BELOW SEASONAL TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCED
ACROSS THE AREA UNTIL VERY WARM TEMPERATURES RETURNED FOR THE LAST
WEEK OF THE MONTH. NOVEMBER SAW AT OR BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE PORTIONS
OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE AND THE SOUTHEAST MOUNTAINS...WHICH SAW
WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

DESPITE GENERALLY BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH OF THE
AREA...THE US DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS LITTLE CHANGE IN CURRENT
CONDITIONS...AS THE LATE FALL AND WINTER MONTHS ACROSS SOUTHERN
COLORADO ARE CLIMATICALLY DRY MONTHS.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE CURRENT DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUES TO INDICATE
SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS IN PLACE ACROSS THE EASTERN 2/3RDS
OF CROWLEY COUNTY...EASTERN OTERO COUNTY...THE EASTERN 2/3RDS OF LAS
ANIMAS COUNTY...AND ALL OF KIOWA...BENT...PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS WESTERN LAS
ANIMAS COUNTY...SOUTHEASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...AND THE REST OF OTERO
AND CROWLEY COUNTIES. MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO
INDICATED ACROSS SOUTHERN SAGUACHE COUNTY...EASTERN MINERAL
COUNTY...RIO GRANDE COUNTY...CONEJOS COUNTY...MOST OF ALAMOSA
COUNTY AND WESTERN COSTILLA COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS EXTREME
WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...MOST OF HUERFANO COUNTY...CENTRAL
PUEBLO COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY. ABNORMALLY
DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS CENTRAL SAGUACHE
COUNTY...MOST OF THE REST OF MINERAL COUNTY...AS WELL AS EASTERN
ALAMOSA COUNTY AND THE REST OF COSTILLA COUNTY.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST OF SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THIS INCLUDES THE REST OF EL
PASO...PUEBLO...HUERFANO...SAGUACHE AND MINERAL COUNTIES...AS WELL
AS ALL OF LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT...TELLER AND CUSTER COUNTIES.

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

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

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

FIRE DANGER WILL CONTINUE TO BE ON THE HIGH SIDE OVER THE NEXT
FEW MONTHS...MAINLY ON AREAS WITHOUT SNOWPACK...WITH CURED FUELS
AND INCREASING WINDS ASSOCIATED WITH THE FALL AND WINTER SEASONS.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS CONTINUE TO INDICATE NEAR
NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO...WITH SLIGHTLY DRIER CONDITIONS BEING INDICATED ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE SAN LUIS VALLEY AND THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

HYDROLOGIC...

STREAMFLOW ACROSS THE AREA AT THE END OF NOVEMBER REMAINED GENERALLY
NEAR TO SLIGHTLY ABOVE SEASONAL AVERAGES.

RESERVOIR STORAGE AT THE END OF NOVEMBER ACROSS SOUTHERN COLORADO
SHOWED MARKED IMPROVEMENT OVER THE LAST FEW YEARS...ALTHOUGH THESE
LEVELS CONTINUE TO BE THE LOWEST IN THE STATE.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS ON DECEMBER 1ST WERE AT 80
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 59 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS
ON DECEMBER 1ST WERE AT 64 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO
56 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WAS 2.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 0.34 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT NOVEMBER...WHICH IS 0.08 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. ALAMOSA
ALSO RECORDED 1.6 INCHES OF SNOW IN NOVEMBER...WHICH IS 2.1 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL.

FOR THE FALL SEASON (SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER) AS A
WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA WAS 3.3 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL...MAKING THE FALL OF 2014 THE 4TH WARMEST ON RECORD IN
ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 1.45 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 1.6
INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE FALL OF 2014...WHICH IS 0.56 INCHES
AND 4.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
WAS 1.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 0.26 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION IN NOVEMBER...WHICH IS 0.14 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.
COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED A 6.8 INCHES OF SNOW IN NOVEBMER. THIS IS
2.1 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES NOVEMBER OF 2014 THE 19TH
SNOWIEST IN COLORADO SPRINGS.

FOR THE FALL SEASON (SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER) AS A
WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS WAS 1.9 DEGREES
ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 3.83 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE FALL. THIS IS 1.42 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES
THE FALL OF 2014 THE 15TH WETTEST FALL ON RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS
ALSO RECORDED 7.1 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE FALL..WHICH IS
0.7 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER WAS 2.9
DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 0.46 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
IN NOVEMBER...WHICH IS 0.01 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED A
9.9 INCHES OF SNOW IN NOVEBMER. THIS IS 4.5 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND
MAKES NOVEMBER OF 2014 THE 15TH SNOWIEST IN PUEBLO.

FOR THE FALL SEASON (SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER) AS A
WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO WAS 1.4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 1.99 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 9.9
INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE FALL OF 2014...WHICH IS 0.03 INCHES
AND 3.9 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

HERE ARE A FEW OTHER STATISTICS FOR SELECT SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO 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    0.34/-0.08  1.45/-0.56  3.52/-1.22   5.50/-1.81
COS AIRPORT    0.26/-0.14  3.83/+1.42 12.09/+1.00  16.95/+0.41
PUB AIRPORT    0.46/-0.01  1.99/+0.03  7.39/-0.31  11.62/-0.95

EADS           0.21/-0.25  3.24/+0.55 16.28/+6.40  18.57/+2.89
LAMAR          0.32/-0.06  2.17/-0.26 12.43/+2.48  16.10/+0.90
WALSH 1W       0.51/-0.08  3.88/+0.26 10.05/-2.72  14.59/-4.57
CAMPO 7S       0.15/-0.29  4.79/+1.59 10.57/-0.76  13.27/-3.69
ORDWAY 21N     0.02/-0.35  1.29/-0.77  5.83/-2.32   7.64/-4.91
LAS ANIMAS     0.11/-0.31  1.82/-0.84  7.25/-1.21  10.49/-3.24
KIM 15NNE      0.52/-0.23  5.39/+2.23 15.25/+4.92  18.15/+1.31
FLORISSANT     0.17/-0.47  2.87/-0.03 11.69/+0.66  17.30/+0.42
CANON CITY     0.35/-0.30  1.80/-0.78  5.31/-2.59  11.32/-2.15
RYE 1SW        1.38/+0.18  5.24/+0.78 17.20/+3.53  27.55/+2.44
WESTCLIFFE     0.34/-0.65  2.49/-0.37  9.00/+2.39  15.61/+1.06
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.02/-0.18  2.90/-0.42 12.14/+2.93  18.73/+0.69
TRINIDAD       0.48/-0.34  3.36/-0.05  7.77/-2.71  13.46/-2.85
CRESTONE 2SE   0.59/-0.07  2.58/-0.39  8.77/+0.32  13.16/-0.10
DEL NORTE 2E   0.38/-0.19  1.75/-0.83  4.68/-2.09   6.96/-3.60
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.50/+0.10  3.07/+0.81  6.05/-0.66   9.27/-1.32
CLIMAX         4.32/+2.35  8.70/+3.31 14.49/+2.84  31.28/+7.30

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATE BETTER CHANCES
OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION AND A SLIGHT TILT TO ABOVE NORMAL
TEMPERATURES. WITH A WEAK EL NINO STILL EXPECTED TO EMERGE THROUGH
THE WINTER SEASON...THE OUTLOOK FOR REST OF DECEMBER...JANUARY AND
FEBRUARY INCLUDE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES AND A SLIGHT NOD TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS
SOUTHERN COLORADO.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH
FEBRUARY 28TH...INDICATES DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAINING ACROSS
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO...THOUGH SHOWING SOME IMPROVEMENT ACROSS
THE SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY JANUARY 8TH 2015...OR SOONER
IF NECESSARY...IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

&&

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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