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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
516 PM MST THU FEB 11 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-140030-
516 PM MST THU FEB 11 2016

...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS CONTINUE FOR A FEW AREAS OF SOUTHEAST
COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

THE FIRST WEEK OF JANUARY 2016 WAS FAIRLY MILD AND MAINLY DRY ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. A SERIES OF PACIFIC WEATHER
SYSTEMS MOVED ACROSS THE STATE THROUGH OUT THE SECOND WEEK OF
JANUARY...SPREADING SNOW ACROSS THE AREA...ESPECIALLY ALONG AND
WEST OF THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...AND MUCH COOLER TEMPERATURES TO
THE REST OF THE AREA. THE SECOND HALF OF JANUARY WAS AGAIN FAIRLY
MILD AND DRY...WITH A FEW MINOR DISTURBANCES BRINGING SOME SPOTTY
LIGHT PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA...BEFORE A MUCH STRONGER STORM
SYSTEM BROUGHT WIDESPREAD SNOW TO THE AREA FOR THE LAST 2 DAYS OF
THE MONTH. FOR THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL
TEMPERATURES WITH NEAR TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION...WAS EXPERIENCED
ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS AND HIGH VALLEYS...WITH ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
AND AT TO BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE
SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
FEBRUARY 11TH...NOW INDICATES DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ACROSS EXTREME
SOUTHEASTERN CHAFFEE COUNTY...NORTHWESTERN FREMONT COUNTY...AND
SOUTHWESTERN THROUGH EAST CENTRAL TELLER COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE NOW CONFINED TO 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 REMAINS LOW TO MODERATE ACROSS THE SNOW FREE AREAS OF
THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

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 LATEST COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED STATEWIDE
PRECIPITATION TOTALS AT THE END OF JANUARY CAME AT 98 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...THANKS IN PART TO TWO LATE MONTH STORMS. THE
REPORT STATED THAT IF THESE TWO STORMS HAD NOT OCCURRED...JANUARY
PRECIPITATION MAY HAVE BEEN NEAR 70 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...JANUARY PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT 78
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS DOWN TO 104 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...JANUARY PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT 73
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS DOWN TO 105 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

STATEWIDE SNOWPACK TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY CAME IN AT 112
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AND IS 131 PERCENT OF THE STATEWIDE
SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. AGAIN...STATEWIDE SNOWPACK
WAS AIDED BY THE TWO LATE MONTH STORMS...WHICH PRODUCED BETWEEN 1
AND 4 INCHES OF SNOW WATER EQUIVALENT FOR A MOST OF THE MAJOR
BASINS.

SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY CAME IN AT
111 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 115 PERCENT OF THE BASIN
SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF JANUARY CAME
IN AT 107 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 169 PERCENT OF THE
BAINS SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF JANUARY REMAINED
AROUND 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

AT THE END OF JANUARY...THE ARKANSAS BASIN CONTINUED TO HAVE THE
HIGHEST PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE IN THE STATE AT 124 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AND REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE 79 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

AT THE END OF JANUARY...THE RIO GRANDE BASIN REMAINED THE ONLY
MAJOR RIVER BASIN WITH BELOW AVERAGE STORAGE LEVELS COMING IN AT
90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS...HOWEVER...REMAINS WELL
ABOVE THE 69 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST
YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JANUARY
WAS 3.2 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.58 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT JANUARY. THIS IS 0.32 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL
AND MAKES JANUARY OF 2016...TIED WITH JANUARY OF 1956...AS THE
11TH WETTEST JANUARY ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 7 INCHES OF SNOW
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JANUARY. THIS IS 3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL
AND MAKES JANUARY OF 2016...TIED WITH JANUARY OF 1975...AS THE
16TH SNOWIEST JANUARY ON RECORD.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH
OF JANUARY WAS 2.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
0.54 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT JANUARY. THIS IS 0.22 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JANUARY OF 2016 THE 12TH WETTEST JANUARY ON
RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 6 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE
MONTH OF JANUARY...WHICH IS 0.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JANUARY WAS
2.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.53 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT JANUARY...WHICH IS 0.18 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED
6.5 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JANUARY...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    0.58/+0.32  1.27/+0.24  3.53/-0.36   9.67/+2.36
COS AIRPORT    0.54/+0.22  1.27/+0.21  4.70/-1.71  24.92/+8.38
PUB AIRPORT    0.53/+0.18  1.50/+0.30  6.41/+1.40  16.94/+4.37

EADS           0.04/-0.30  0.51/-0.67  4.73/-1.25  19.05/+3.37
LAMAR          0.02/-0.28  1.21/+0.13  8.13/+2.72  23.75/+8.55
WALSH 1W       0.06/-0.42  2.53/+0.90  8.14/+0.47  24.39/+5.23
KIM 15NNE      0.34/-0.20  3.26/+1.34  7.51/+0.72  17.99/+1.15
FLORISSANT FB  0.35/-0.13  2.07/+0.44  5.60/-1.67  22.00/+5.12
CANON CITY     0.40/-0.09  1.10/-0.58  4.00/-1.84  22.26/+8.79
RYE 1SW        1.31/-0.04  3.69/-0.13  8.58/-1.38  34.99/+9.88
WESTCLIFFE     0.30/-0.32  1.32/-0.87  3.67/-2.70  15.24/+0.69
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.60/-0.24  1.85/-1.31  5.50/-2.13  21.47/+3.43
TRINIDAD       0.41/-0.11  2.28/+0.37  7.32/+0.14  21.58/+5.27
CRESTONE 2SE   0.27/-0.32  2.22/+0.44  5.87/-0.42  16.71/+3.45
DEL NORTE 2E   0.61/+0.22  1.34/-0.17  4.09/-1.31  11.47/+0.91
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.10/-0.20  1.48/+0.38  4.50/-0.47  14.76/+4.17
CLIMAX         1.91/+0.00  6.75/+0.89 10.59/-1.20  26.54/+2.56

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 BELOW NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
THE OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF FEBRUARY...MARCH AND APRIL INDICATE A
SLIGHT NOD TO BELOW TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH APRIL 3OTH 2016...DOES
NOT ANTICIPATE DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY MARCH 10TH 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
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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