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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
848 PM MDT FRI SEP 12 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-150300-
848 PM MDT FRI SEP 12 2014

...AN ACTIVE SUMMER MONSOON HELPS TO ALLEVIATE DROUGHT...

SYNOPSIS...

THE SUMMER (JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST) OF 2014 STARTED OUT VERY WARM
AND DRY ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE
SOME SPOTTY HEAVY PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS DUE TO
EARLY SEASON THUNDERSTORMS. THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON KICKED IN RELATIVELY
EARLY IN JULY...AND WAS VERY ACTIVE THROUGH OUT THE MONTH...LEADING
TO ABUNDANT AND MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA...ESPECIALLY
ACROSS THE DROUGHT RAVAGED SOUTHEASTERN PLAINS. THE SUMMER MONSOON
REMAINED FAIRLY ACTIVE THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST...THOUGH
NOT NEARLY AS ACTIVE AS JULY...WHICH LED TO GENERALLY AT OR
SLIGHTLY BELOW AVERAGE PRECIPITATION ACROSS MUCH OF THE AREA FOR
THE SUMMER AS A WHOLE. ONE EXCEPTION TO THIS WAS ACROSS MUCH OF
CROWLEY...OTERO...BENT AND KIOWA COUNTIES...WHICH SAW PRECIPITATION
TOTALS 1 TO 3 INCHES (LOCALLY UP TO 6 INCHES) ABOVE NORMAL FOR
THE SUMMER.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE US DROUGHT MONITOR...OVER THE PAST
MONTH...HAS REMOVED THE EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CLASSIFICATION
ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS.

THE CURRENT DROUGHT MONITOR NOW INDICATES EXTREME DROUGHT (D3)
CONDITIONS ARE IN PLACE ACROSS EASTERN CROWLEY COUNTY...WESTERN
KIOWA COUNTY...EXTREME NORTHEASTERN PROWERS COUNTY...NORTHERN
BENT COUNTY AND NORTHEASTERN OTERO COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST
OF KIOWA...PROWERS...BENT...OTERO AND CROWLEY COUNTIES. SEVERE
DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...CENTRAL THROUGH EASTERN LAS ANIMAS
COUNTY AND BACA COUNTY.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY AND WESTERN
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO
DEPICTED ACROSS SOUTHERN SAGUACHE COUNTY...MOST OF MINERAL
COUNTY...RIO GRANDE COUNTY...CONEJOS COUNTY...MOST OF ALAMOSA
COUNTY AND WESTERN COSTILLA COUNTY.

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

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST
OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THIS INCLUDES THE REST OF
EL PASO...PUEBLO...HUERFANO AND SAGUACHE 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

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

DESPITE THE BENEFICIAL PRECIPITATION ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUMMER
MONSOON...MUCH MORE PRECIPITATION WILL BE NEEDED TO END THE MULTI-
YEAR DROUGHT IN PLACE ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

WIDESPREAD AND ABUNDANT RAINFALL FROM SUMMERTIME THUNDERSTORMS HAS
LESSENED THE FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH JULY AND AUGUST.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

THE LATEST CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS ARE INDICATING
NEAR NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO...WITH SOME SLIGHT DRYING INDICATED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SAN LUIS VALLEY AND SOUTHWEST MOUNTAINS.

THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT IS INDICATING 9 PERCENT OF
THE TOP SOIL ACROSS THE STATE AS VERY SHORT...WITH 32 PERCENT
RATED AS SHORT...52 PERCENT RATED AS ADEQUATE AND 7 PERCENT RATED
IN SURPLUS CONDITIONS. THIS COMPARES TO LAST YEAR AT THIS
TIME...WHEN 28 PERCENT OF STATEWIDE TOPSOIL WAS RATED AS VERY
SHORT...46 PERCENT AS SHORT AND ONLY 26 PERCENT RATED AS ADEQUATE.

SUB SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE THIS WEEK SHOWS A SIMILAR
TREND WITH 17 PERCENT RATED AS VERY SHORT...32 PERCENT RATED AS
SHORT...50 PERCENT RATED AS ADEQUATE AND 1 PERCENT IN SURPLUS
CONDITIONS. THIS COMPARES TO LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME...WHEN 38
PERCENT OF STATEWIDE TOPSOIL WAS RATED AS VERY SHORT...46 PERCENT
AS SHORT AND ONLY 16 PERCENT RATED AS ADEQUATE.

PASTURE AND RANGELAND ACROSS THE STATE ALSO REMAIN IN BETTER
SHAPE...WITH 64 PERCENT RATED AT FAIR TO GOOD OVER THIS PAST WEEK.
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME...48 PERCENT OF PASTURE AND RANGELAND WAS
RATED AT FAIR TO GOOD...WHILE 56 PERCENT IS FAIR TO GOOD ON
AVERAGE.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS OVER THE PAST MONTH OF
AUGUST WAS 0.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED
2.34 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH
IS 1 INCH BELOW NORMAL. FOR THE SUMMER OF 2014 (JUNE...JULY AND
AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS
WAS 0.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 8.86
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH IS 0.42
INCHES BELOW AVERAGE.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO OVER THE PAST MONTH OF AUGUST
WAS RIGHT ON THE 30 YEAR AVERAGE OF 73.4 DEGREES. PUEBLO RECEIVED
1.26 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH
IS 1.06 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. FOR THE SUMMER OF 2014 (JUNE...JULY
AND AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO WAS 0.6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 5.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH IS 0.34 INCHES BELOW AVERAGE.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA OVER THE PAST MONTH OF AUGUST
WAS 1 DEGREE BELOW NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 0.53 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH IS 0.74
INCHES BELOW NORMAL. FOR THE SUMMER OF 2014 (JUNE...JULY AND
AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA WAS 0.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 2.70 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH IS 0.63 INCHES BELOW AVERAGE.

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    0.53/-0.74  2.07/-0.66  3.76/-0.67   9.19/+1.88
COS AIRPORT    2.34/-1.00  8.26/-0.42 12.16/-0.97  18.61/+2.07
PUB AIRPORT    1.26/-1.06  5.40/-0.34  8.87/-0.71  11.14/-1.09

EADS           2.28/-0.29 13.04/+5.85 14.40/+2.58  18.22/+2.54
LAMAR          3.99/+1.71 10.26/+2.74 12.62/+0.92  17.30/+2.10
WALSH 1W       1.98/-1.03  6.17/-2.98 10.07/-3.98  17.82/-1.34
CAMPO 7S       1.90/-1.08  5.78/-2.35  8.16/-4.40  12.80/-4.16
ORDWAY 21N     1.54/-0.75  4.54/-1.55  5.88/-3.81   7.79/-4.76
LAS ANIMAS     0.83/-0.86  5.43/-0.37  8.11/-1.80  10.38/-3.35
KIM 15NNE      3.26/+0.80  9.86/+2.69 11.92/-0.10  16.12/-0.72
FLORISSANT FB  2.21/-1.17  8.82/+0.09 12.67/+0.15  19.14/+2.26
CANON CITY     1.20/-1.03  3.51/-1.87  8.02/-1.38  15.71/+2.24
RYE 1SW        2.06/-0.82 11.92/+2.71 20.41/+3.51  30.53/+5.42
WESTCLIFFE     1.56/-0.75  6.51/+0.76 12.24/+2.32  18.47/+3.92
WALSENBURG 1NW 2.91/+0.26  9.24/+3.85 14.60/+2.75  19.12/+1.08
TRINIDAD       0.97/-1.71  4.41/-2.66  9.31/-1.92  14.99/-1.32
CRESTONE 2SE   2.58/+0.38  6.19/+0.71  9.62/+0.88  18.12/+4.86
DEL NORTE 2E   1.43/-0.46  2.93/-1.26  4.58/-2.10   9.26/-1.30
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.63/-0.38  2.98/-1.47  4.68/-2.54   9.61/-0.98
CLIMAX         2.32/-0.19  5.79/-0.47 14.06/+1.14  30.35/+6.37

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

THE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH OUT MUCH OF
THE SUMMER HAS KEPT AREA STREAMFLOW AT OR ABOVE NORMAL LEVELS.
THE LATEST USGS DATA IS INDICATING STREAMS ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN
COLORADO ARE STARTING TO TRAIL AVERAGE FLOWS.

THE ABUNDANT PRECIPITATION CONTINUES TO BE BENEFICIAL TO BOTH WATER
USERS AND PROVIDERS...WITH LESS SUMMER DEMAND LEADING TO INCREASED
RESERVOIR STORAGE. AT THE END OF AUGUST...STORAGE LEVELS IN THE
ARKANSAS BASIN DECLINED SLIGHTLY TO 83 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
OVERALL. THIS...HOWEVER...IS 143 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE STORAGE
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. STORAGE IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN
REMAINED AT 65 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THE END OF AUGUST.
THIS IS 146 PERCENT OF THE AVAILABLE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME
LAST YEAR.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATE BETTER CHANCES
OF WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK FOR REST
OF SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER INCLUDE A SLIGHT TILT TOWARD
COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH NOVEMBER
3OTH INDICATES CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY OCTOBER 16TH 2014...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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