Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
400 PM MDT THU MAY 5 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-072200-
400 PM MDT THU MAY 5 2016

...APRIL STORM SYSTEMS BRING BENEFICIAL MOISTURE TO SOUTHERN
COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

A COOL AND UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN ALLOWED FOR SEVERAL SLOW MOVING
STORM SYSTEMS TO MOVE ACROSS THE STATE FROM MID THROUGH LATE APRIL.
THESE STORM SYSTEMS BROUGHT WIDESPREAD RAIN AND SNOW TO THE STATE...WITH
PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF 2 TO 3 INCHES EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE AREA...ALONG
WITH POCKETS OF 4 TO 5 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION RECORDED THROUGH OUT
THE MONTH OF APRIL. THIS VERY BENEFICIAL MOISTURE HAS HELPED TO
SUPPRESS THE MODERATE TO LOCALLY SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS...WHICH
HAD DEVELOPED ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO PLAINS OVER THE
PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
MAY 5TH 2016...HAS ELIMINATED DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS ALL OF
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0)
CONDITIONS...HOWEVER...ARE INDICATED ACROSS EXTREME SOUTHEAST
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...WESTERN AND CENTRAL BACA COUNTY AND EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN BENT AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN PROWERS COUNTIES.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ALSO REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS EXTREME
WESTERN PORTIONS OF CONEJOS AND RIO GRANDE COUNTIES...AND ALL OF
MINERAL 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...

THE COOLER AND MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER WHICH PROVIDED BENEFICIAL
PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA HAS ALSO HELPED TO SUPPRESS THE FIRE
DANGER ACROSS THE STATE AT THIS TIME.

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

AGRICULTURAL...

THE USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT INDICATED THE SLOW MOVING APRIL
STORM SYSTEMS REPLENISHED MOISTURE SUPPLIES IN LOCALITIES THAT HAD
EXPERIENCED PROLONGED DRY CONDITIONS. THE LATEST REPORT INDICATED
89 PERCENT OF TOPSOIL MOISTURE AND 81 PERCENT OF SUBSOIL MOISTURE
ACROSS THE STATE WAS RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER...AS COMPARED TO
85 PERCENT AND 73 PERCENT...RESPECTIVELY...FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED STATEWIDE MOUNTAIN
SNOWPACK CAME IN AT 104 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL ON MAY 1ST...AS
COMPARED TO 61 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

MAY 1ST SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN CAME IN AT 110 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO THE 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE BASIN
SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN ON MAY 1ST CAME IN AT 77
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 25 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
BASIN SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF APRIL WAS 112
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 108 PERCENT OF AVERAGE AT
THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...MAY 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 118 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO TH 79 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...MAY 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 91 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO THE 76 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
APRIL WAS 0.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.75 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF APRIL. THIS IS 1.16
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES APRIL OF 2016 THE 3RD WETTEST APRIL
ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 15.2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE
MONTH OF APRIL. THIS IS 11.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES APRIL
OF 2016 THE 2ND SNOWIEST APRIL ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST
MONTH OF APRIL WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS
RECORDED 2.28 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 13.6 INCHES OF SNOW
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF APRIL...WHICH IS 0.86 INCHES AND 8.7
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
MARCH WAS 1.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 2.97 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF APRIL. THIS IS 1.57
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES APRIL OF 2016 THE 10TH WETTEST ON
RECORD. PUEBLO RECORDED 3.3 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT APRIL...WHICH
IS 0.5 BELOW 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    1.75/+1.16  2.67/+1.29  3.94/+1.53  10.50/+3.19
COS AIRPORT    2.28/+0.86  4.01/+1.25  5.28/+1.46  25.70/+9.16
PUB AIRPORT    2.97/+1.57  3.88/+1.25  5.38/+1.55  17.70/+5.13

EADS           5.31/+3.87  5.80/+2.98  6.31/+2.31  22.37/+6.69
LAMAR          4.11/+2.79  4.37/+1.84  5.58/+1.97 25.39/+10.19
WALSH 1W       4.92/+3.36  5.29/+2.16  7.82/+3.06  27.26/+8.25
KIM 15NNE      2.49/+0.78  3.85/+0.37  7.11/+1.71  18.56/+1.72
CANON CITY     3.20/+1.67  4.13/+1.00  5.32/+0.42  18.30/+4.83
RYE 1SW        5.81/+2.87  8.62/+1.89 12.31/+1.89  34.64/+9.53
WALSENBURG 1NW 3.53/+1.35  4.76/-0.29  6.61/-1.60  19.51/+1.47
CRESTONE 2SE   2.59/+1.47  3.80/+1.13  5.53/+1.08  18.15/+4.89
DEL NORTE 2E   1.85/+1.02  2.79/+0.77  4.13/+0.60  11.43/+0.87
BUENA VISTA 2S 2.21/+1.21  3.25/+1.14  4.73/+1.52  15.00/+4.41
CLIMAX         3.04/+0.56  7.50/+0.98 14.25/+1.87  27.14/+3.16

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES EQUAL CHANCES
FOR ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE AREA. THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF MAY...JUNE AND JULY
INDICATE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ALONG WITH BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY JUNE 9TH 2016...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 THE NATIONAL
DROUGHT MITIGATION CENTER...NOAAS NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE AND
NATIONAL CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION...THE USDA AND STATE
AND REGIONAL CENTER CLIMATOLOGISTS. 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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