Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
803 AM MDT Thu Apr 13 2017

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803 AM MDT Thu Apr 13 2017

...Late March and early April rain and snow brings relief in drought
conditions across southeastern Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

A very warm and dry weather pattern across southeastern Colorado in
February, continued through the first 20 days of March. However, March
of 2017 ended like a "lion" with a cooler and much more unsettled
weather pattern experienced through the end of March and into the
first part of April. This cool and unsettled weather pattern ushered
in plentiful and much needed moisture to much of south central and
southeast Colorado.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday April
13th, 2017, has eliminated Severe Drought (2) conditions across the
southeast Colorado Plains.

Moderate Drought (D1) conditions are now confined to extreme northern
Teller County, Kiowa County, southeastern Crowley County, most of
Otero County, Bent County, most of Prowers County, eastern Las Animas
County, and Baca County.

Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions are now depicted across the rest of
Teller County, Fremont County, El Paso County, northern Pueblo County,
the rest of Crowley County, southwestern Otero County, central Las
Animas County and extreme eastern Prowers County.

More information on the US Drought Monitor Classification Scheme can
be found at:

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/aboutus/classificationscheme.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

With the very warm and dry February and first part of March, fire
danger was very high across the southeast Colorado Plains, with
numerous small wildfires and a few larger wildfires, needing to be
extinguished across southern Colorado. However, the beneficial
moisture of late March and early April has helped to lower the fire
danger across the area, with green up under way across south central
and southeast Colorado.

The latest information on fire bans and restrictions can be found at:

www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

AGRICULTURAL...

Despite the cool and moist weather over the past several weeks, soil
moisture deficits continue across southeast Colorado. However, with
Colorado Statewide snowpack above average, it looks to be a good
runoff season for south central and southeast Colorado farmers.

HYDROLOGIC...

Despite a very warm and dry beginning and middle of March, a cool and
unsettled last week of the month helped to keep April 1st, 2017
Statewide snowpack above average, coming in at 108 percent of median
overall.

In the Arkansas and Rio Grande Basins, April 1st snowpack came in at
118 percent and 108 percent of median respectively.

Water storage across the state at the end of March was at 110 percent
of average overall, as compared to 112 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, end of March storage was at 101 percent of
average overall, as compared to 120 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, end of March storage was at 100 percent of
average overall, as compared to 94 percent of average storage available
at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the month of March was
7.4 degrees above normal, making March of 2017 the warmest March on
record in Alamosa. Alamosa recorded 0.73 inches of precipitation
through out the month of March, which is 0.20 inches above normal.
Alamosa recorded 0.7 inches of snow through out the month of March.
This is 4.3 inches below normal and makes March of 2017 tied with
March of 2012 as the 9th least snowiest March on record in Alamosa.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the month of
March was 7.6 degrees above normal, making March of 2017 the 3rd warmest
March on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs recorded 0.44
inches of precipitation and 2.0 inches of snow through out the month
of March, which is 0.56 inches and 6.1 inches below normal,
respectively.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the month of March was
7.1 degrees above normal, making March of 2017 the 2nd warmest March
on record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded 0.95 inches of precipitation
through out the month of March, which is 0.02 inches above normal.
Pueblo recorded just a trace of snow through out the month of March.
This is 5.7 inches below normal and makes March of 2017 tied with 4
other years as the 2nd least snowiest March on record in Pueblo.

Here are a few other statistics for select south central and southeast
Colorado locations, indicating observed precipitation totals and
departure from normals for the past month, past 3 months, past 6
months and past 365 days:

...............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    0.73/+0.20  2.38/+1.33  3.92/+1.42  10.05/+2.74
COS Airport    0.44/-0.56  0.83/-0.83  1.58/-1.64  12.91/-3.63
PUB Airport    0.95/+0.02  1.87/+0.29  3.41/+0.26  12.34/-0.23

Eads           0.68/-0.25  1.17/-0.55  1.96/-1.81  15.45/-0.23
Lamar          0.53/-0.31  1.18/-0.33  2.10/-0.99  18.46/+3.26
Campo 7S       0.41/-0.59  1.75/+0.02  2.97/-1.05  18.89/+1.93
Walsh 1W       1.09/-0.03  2.17/+0.12  2.99/-1.77  20.15/+0.99
Kim 15NNE      1.05/-0.23  2.87/+0.56  3.80/-1.00  14.77/-2.07
Florissant FB  0.20/-0.98  1.00/-1.13  2.39/-1.82  14.44/-2.44
Canon City     0.38/-0.76  1.22/-0.87  2.38/-1.80  12.33/-1.14
Rye 1SW        3.94/+1.41  6.47/+1.46  7.82/-1.13  23.90/-1.21
Westcliffe     0.95/-0.26  2.41/+0.01  2.84/-2.11  12.02/-2.53
Walsenburg 1NW 3.70/+1.74  5.41/+1.70  6.65/-0.57  16.90/-1.14
Trinidad       2.26/+1.10  4.19/+1.93  4.51/-0.40  16.88/+0.57
Crestone 2SE   1.52/+0.40  3.13/+0.99  5.37/+1.05  15.04/+1.78
Del Norte 2E   0.35/-0.48  1.97/+0.39  3.19/-0.34   9.94/-0.62
Buena Vista 2S 0.10/-0.60  1.74/+0.33  2.52/-0.55   9.32/-1.27
CLIMAX         1.60/-0.66  8.69/+2.74 15.30/+3.69  27.35/+3.37

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

ThE Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook across south central and
southeast Colorado for the next week and for the rest of April, May
and June, indicates better chances for above normal temperatures and
equal chances of above, below and near normal precipitation INDICATES
BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL across
the area.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Thursday May 11th, 2017, or sooner if
necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional informations on current drought conditions may be found at:

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu

www.weather.gov/pub/localdroughtmonitor

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving The National
Drought Mitigation Center, NOAA`s National Weather Service, The USDA
and state and regional center climatologists. Information for this
statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites,
Colorado 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 Forest Office
3 Eaton Way
Pueblo, Colorado 81007
Phone: 719-948-9429

or

w-pub.webmaster@noaa.gov

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