Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
727 AM MDT THU AUG 7 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-091330-
727 AM MDT THU AUG 7 2014

...AN ACTIVE SUMMER MONSOON BRINGS MORE RELIEF IN THE DROUGHT
ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

THE SOUTHWEST MONSOON WAS IN FULL SWING ACROSS THE REGION THROUGH THE
MONTH OF JULY...BRINGING ABUNDANT AND MUCH NEEDED PRECIPITATION TO
THE AREA...ESPECIALLY TO PORTIONS OF THE DROUGHT RAVAGED SOUTHEASTERN
COLORADO PLAINS. MUCH OF AREA SAW ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION THROUGH
THE MONTH OF JULY...WITH PORTIONS OF SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO RECEIVING
3 TO 5 INCHES OF RAINFALL...ALONG WITH POCKETS OF RAIN IN EXCESS OF
8 INCHES OVER THE PAST MONTH.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUES TO
SHOW RELIEF IN THE SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
COLORADO.

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS ARE NOW CONFINED TO PORTIONS OF
SOUTHWESTERN KIOWA COUNTY...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN BENT COUNTY...EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN OTERO COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CROWLEY COUNTY.

EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS NORTHWESTERN
THROUGH WEST CENTRAL KIOWA COUNTY...EXTREME NORTHEASTERN PROWERS
COUNTY...NORTHERN BENT COUNTY...NORTHEASTERN OTERO COUNTY AND CENTRAL
AND EASTERN PORTIONS OF CROWLEY COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED 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...PORTIONS OF THE STATE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THE EFFECTS
OF MULTI-YEAR DROUGHT CONDITIONS...INCLUDING THE CONTINUED LACK
OF SUBSTANTIAL VEGETATION GROWTH.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

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

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 ARE INDICATING
AT OR ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS ARE NOW IN PLACE ACROSS ALL OF
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT IS ALSO INDICATING IMPROVING
CONDITIONS WITH 45 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE
BEING RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT THIS WEEK...COMPARED TO 51 PERCENT
LAST WEEK AND TO 69 PERCENT RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THE CROP REPORT ALSO STATED THAT 52 PERCENT
OF THE SUBSOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE WAS RATED AT SHORT OR
VERY SHORT THIS WEEK...COMPARED TO 58 PERCENT LAST WEEK AND TO 78
PERCENT RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

PASTURE AND RANGELAND ACROSS THE STATE ALSO REMAIN IN BETTER
SHAPE...WITH ONLY 30 PERCENT RATED AT POOR OR VERY POOR...COMPARED
TO 62 PERCENT RATED POOR OR VERY POOR AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

THE WET WEATHER HAS HAD SOME DRAWBACKS ACROSS THE AREA AS
WELL...WITH SOME REPORTS OF DAMAGED CROPS DUE TO STRONGER STORMS
PRODUCING HAIL...HEAVY RAINFALL AND FLOODING.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA OVER THE PAST MONTH WAS 1.4
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING JULY OF 2014 THE 14TH WARMEST JULY
ON RECORD. ALAMOSA BOUNCED BACK FROM A VERY DRY JUNE AND RECORDED
1.52 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JULY. THIS
IS 0.55 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JULY OF 2014 THE 17TH
WETTEST ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS OVER THE PAST MONTH OF
JULY WAS 0.6 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 4.63
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JULY. THIS IS
1.79 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JULY OF 2014 TIED WITH JULY OF
1997 AS THE 14TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO OVER THE PAST MONTH OF JULY WAS
0.7 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 3.28 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JULY. THIS IS 1.22 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL
AND MAKES JULY OF 2014 THE 16TH WETTEST JULY ON RECORD.

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    1.52/+0.55  1.77/-0.27  3.28/-0.14   11.13/+3.82
COS AIRPORT    4.63/+1.79  8.48/+1.11 10.04/-0.09   21.99/+5.45
PUB AIRPORT    3.28/+1.22  4.79/-0.14  7.89/+0.33   14.14/+1.57

EADS           8.56/+6.17 11.20/+4.32 12.70/+3.00   18.95/+3.27
LAMAR          4.50/+1.61  7.54/+0.28  9.40/-0.39   17.53/+2.33
WALSH 1W       2.14/-1.31  6.42/-1.94  8.43/-3.06   17.22/-1.94
CAMPO 7S       2.92/+0.23  5.76/-1.49  6.38/-3.58   14.21/-2.75
ORDWAY 21N     1.85/-0.48  3.60/-1.84  4.66/-3.03    7.14/-5.41
LAS ANIMAS     3.61/+1.37  5.17/-0.88  7.72/-0.91   10.44/-3.29
KIM 15NNE      4.97/+2.22  6.99/+0.42  9.29/-0.76   16.87/+0.03
CANON CITY     1.92/-0.05  4.33/-0.17  7.29/-0.37   16.20/+2.73
RYE 1SW        9.00/+5.54 11.96/+3.41 19.04/+3.89   32.02/+6.91
WESTCLIFFE     4.52/+2.09  8.08/+3.26 11.01/+2.83   17.53/+2.98
WALSENBURG 1NW 6.56/+4.56  8.27/+2.91 12.41/+2.00   18.58/+0.54
TRINIDAD       2.36/-0.32  5.48/-0.63  8.66/-0.47   16.41/+0.10
CRESTONE 2SE   3.52/+1.24  5.09/+0.79  7.43/+0.46   17.58/+4.32
DEL NORTE 2E   1.45/-0.11  2.28/-0.86  3.51/-1.65    9.06/-1.50
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.28/-0.28  2.37/-1.14  3.37/-2.25    8.46/-2.13
CLIMAX         2.97/+0.55  6.15/+0.48 14.91/+2.72   31.24/+7.26

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

THE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA IN JULY HAS KEPT
AREA STREAMFLOW AT OR ABOVE NORMAL...ESPECIALLY ACROSS EASTERN
COLORADO...WHERE FLASH FLOODING AND RIVER FLOODING HAVE BEEN
REPORTED THROUGHOUT THE MONTH.

THE ABUNDANT PRECIPITATION HAS ALSO BEEN BENEFICIAL TO WATER USERS
AND PROVIDERS...WITH LESS DEMAND LEADING TO INCREASED RESERVOIR
STORAGE. AT THE END OF JULY...STORAGE LEVELS IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN
ROSE TO 87 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 150 PERCENT OF
THE AVAILABLE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. STORAGE IN THE
UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN ROSE TO 65 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT
THE END OF JULY. THIS IS 162 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 COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW
OR NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK FOR REST OF AUGUST...SEPTEMBER
AND OCTOBER INCLUDE A SLIGHT TILT TOWARD NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND
ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. WITH THIS IN MIND...THE SEASONAL DROUGHT
OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST INDICATES CONTINUED IMPROVEMENT
IN THE DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11TH 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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