Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
939 PM MST FRI JAN 15 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-180445-
939 PM MST FRI JAN 15 2016

...A FEW AREAS OF ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

THE FIRST HALF OF DECEMBER 2015 WAS VERY WARM AND MAINLY DRY ACROSS
THE AREA...WITH TWO WEATHER SYSTEMS MOVING ACROSS THE STATE FROM
THE 10TH THROUGH THE 15TH...BRINGING COOLER TEMPERATURES AND WIDESPREAD
GENERALLY LIGHT PRECIPITATION TO MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO. A STRONG PACIFIC JET STREAM MOVED ACROSS THE STATE THROUGH
THE MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...BRINGING ABUNDANT SNOWFALL TO THE HIGHER
TERRAIN ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...ALONG WITH WINDY AND GENERALLY
DRY AND WARM WEATHER TO EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA FOR THE WEEK
BEFORE CHRISTMAS. THE PASSING JET STREAM THEN BROUGHT IN MUCH COOLER
TEMPERATURES AND MAINLY DRY WEATHER TO THE AREA THROUGH THE LAST
WEEK OF THE YEAR. FOR THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...AT TO WELL ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES WERE EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE AREA...WITH NEAR
TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS ALONG
THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
JANUARY 14TH...NOW INDICATES DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ACROSS LAKE
COUNTY AND MOST OF CHAFFEE COUNTY...WITH ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
NOW CONFINED TO EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY...NORTHWESTERN
FREMONT COUNTY...AND SOUTHWESTERN THROUGH EAST CENTRAL TELLER
COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ALSO REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS
CROWLEY COUNTY...MOST OF OTERO COUNTY...EXTREME EASTERN PUEBLO
COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN
BENT COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN KIOWA COUNTY.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ARE INDICATED ACROSS THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

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 ACROSS SNOW FREE AREAS OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS HAVE
REMAINED LOW TO MODERATE THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH.

THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND
AT: WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML

AGRICULTURAL...

THE USDA WILL START ISSUING THE WEEKLY COLORADO CROP REPORT EARLY
IN THE SPRING OF 2016.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED ALL OF COLORADOS
MAJOR RIVER BASINS RECEIVED WELL ABOVE AVERAGE PRECIPITATION THROUGH
OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...WITH STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION COMING IN
AT 128 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

STATEWIDE SNOWPACK TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER CAME IN AT 118 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AND IN TRUE EL NINO FASHION...THE SOUTHERN BASINS
OF THE STATE ARE MORE PLENTIFUL THAN THE NORTHERN BASINS.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...DECEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT
117 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS TO 113 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER CAME IN
AT 125 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH WAS AGAIN BOOSTED BY WELL
ABOVE AVERAGE TOTALS IN THE LOWER HALF OF THE BASIN.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...DECEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT
135 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS TO 115 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER CAME
IN AT 126 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH WAS BOOSTED BY WELL ABOVE
AVERAGE TOTALS IN THE LOWER HALF OF THE BASIN.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF DECEMBER CAME IN
AT 110 OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

AT THE END OF DECEMBER...THE ARKANSAS BASIN HAD THE HIGHEST PERCENT
OF AVERAGE STORAGE IN THE STATE AT 128 PERCENT OVERALL...AND IS
THE MOST RESERVOIR STORAGE THE BASIN HAS SEEN SINCE 2001.

AT THE END OF DECEMBER...THE RIO GRANDE BASIN WAS THE ONLY MAJOR
RIVER BASIN WITH BELOW AVERAGE STORAGE LEVELS COMING IN AT 89 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS...HOWEVER...REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE 67 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAS 3.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.25 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 3.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...WHICH IS
0.10 INCHES AND 1.1 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER WAS 2.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
0.25 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 4.3 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT
THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...WHICH IS 0.09 INCHES AND 1.4 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAS 4.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF DECEMBER...WHICH IS 0.02 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.
PUEBLO ALSO RECORDED 5.5 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
DECEMBER...WHICH IS NORMAL.

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    0.25/-0.10  1.67/+0.22  4.29/-0.31   9.42/+2.11
COS AIRPORT    0.25/-0.09  2.11/+0.55  7.30/-1.63  25.25/+8.71
PUB AIRPORT    0.40/+0.02  1.61/+0.04  6.52/-0.20  16.66/+4.09

EADS           0.02/-0.36  2.27/+0.22  5.43/-2.60  19.18/+3.50
LAMAR          0.22/-0.18  3.08/+1.50 11.44/+3.44  24.05/+8.85
WALSH 1W       0.92/+0.36  5.40/+2.69 14.67/+4.03  25.18/+6.02
CAMPO 7S       0.24/-0.23  5.05/+2.76 12.76/+3.42  21.26/+4.30
LAS ANIMAS     0.13/-0.24  1.58/-0.29  6.12/-0.84  15.71/+1.98
KIM 15NNE      1.00/+0.37  5.10/+2.61  9.07/+0.07  18.35/+1.51
FLORISSANT FB  0.61/+0.10  2.64/+0.56 10.09/+0.44  22.14/+5.26
CANON CITY     0.20/-0.34  1.42/-0.67  6.77/-0.55  22.55/+9.08
RYE 1SW        0.32/-0.95  4.23/+0.29 12.02/-0.05  35.01/+9.90
WESTCLIFFE     0.51/-0.07  1.63/-0.92  8.21/+0.03  15.32/+0.77
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.29/-0.83  3.32/-0.19  7.37/-1.42  21.46/+3.42
TRINIDAD       0.40/-0.17  5.60/+2.95  9.76/+0.42  21.75/+5.44
CRESTONE 2SE   1.00/+0.47  2.95/+0.77  7.40/-0.58  17.21/+3.95
DEL NORTE 2E   0.51/-0.04  1.90/-0.05  4.92/-1.65  11.30/+0.74
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.86/+0.46  2.42/+0.76  5.94/-0.29  15.01/+4.42
CLIMAX         2.35/+0.37  6.70/+1.04 12.55/+0.25  25.64/+1.66

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES BETTER CHANCES
FOR ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE AREA...SAVE FOR A SLIGHT NOD TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
FOR SOUTHWEST COLORADO. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF JANUARY...FEBRUARY
AND MARCH INDICATE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL
TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH MARCH 31ST 2016...DOES
NOT INDICATE ANY EXPECTED DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY FEBRUARY 11TH 2016...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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