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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
934 AM MDT FRI JUL 25 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-271545-
934 AM MDT FRI JUL 25 2014

...AN EARLY START TO THE SUMMER MONSOON CONTINUES TO BRING RELIEF
IN THE DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

JUNE WAS A RELATIVELY WARM AND DRY MONTH ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE FOR ISOLATED SPRING THUNDERSTORMS...WHICH
BROUGHT SPOTTY BUT BENEFICIAL MOISTURE TO PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST
COLORADO PLAINS. HOWEVER...WITH A FAIRLY EARLY START TO THE SUMMER
MONSOON SEASON...THE MONTH OF JULY HAS BROUGHT MUCH MORE NEEDED
PRECIPITATION TO THE DROUGHT RAVAGED PLAINS...WITH WIDESPREAD 2 TO
3 INCH RAINFALL TOTALS...THUS FAR...ALONG WITH POCKETS OF 4 TO 6
INCHES OF RAIN BEING RECORDED.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUES TO
SHOW SOME RELIEF IN THE DROUGHT.

EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT (D4) CONDITIONS ARE NOW CONFINED TO SOUTHWESTERN
THROUGH WEST CENTRAL KIOWA COUNTY...AS WELL AS EXTREME NORTHERN
BENT COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN CROWLEY COUNTY AND EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN OTERO COUNTY.

EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS NORTHWESTERN
THROUGH NORTH CENTRAL KIOWA COUNTY...CENTRAL AND EASTERN CROWLEY
COUNTY...NORTHEASTERN OTERO COUNTY...NORTHERN BENT COUNTY AND
NORTHEASTERN PROWERS COUNTY. EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS ARE
ALSO INDICATED ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN BACA COUNTY AND SOUTHEASTERN
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.

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

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE 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 ARE NOW INDICATED 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 ARE DEPICTED ACROSS LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT
...TELLER AND CUSTER COUNTIES. DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ARE ALSO
INDICATED ACROSS THE REST OF EL PASO...PUEBLO...HUERFANO AND
SAGUACHE 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 RAIN FROM SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER
THUNDERSTORMS...PORTIONS OF THE STATE CONTINUE TO DEAL WITH THE
EFFECTS OF A MULTI-YEAR DROUGHT...INCLUDING LACK OF SUBSTANTIAL
VEGETATION AND OCCASIONAL BLOWING DUST...AS WELL AS CONTINUED
CROP AND CATTLE LOSS AND ABANDONMENT.

EARLY IN JULY...THE USDA DESIGNATED THREE SAN LUIS VALLEY COUNTIES
AS DROUGHT RELATED NATURAL DISASTERS...MAKING FARMERS AND RANCHERS
IN CONEJOS...MINERAL AND RIO GRANDE COUNTIES ELIGIBLE FOR LOW
INTEREST EMERGENCY LOANS. EIGHT OTHER COUNTIES ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN
COLORADO WERE GIVEN NATURAL DISASTER DESIGNATIONS EARLIER IN THE
YEAR.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER WAS VERY HIGH ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH JUNE..WITH A FEW
SMALL AND ONE LARGE WILDFIRE START ACROSS THE AREA. FIRE DANGER
HAS LESSENED ACROSS THE AREA THROUGH JULY...WITH THE MUCH NEEDED
PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

THE CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS THROUGH THE MONTH OF
JUNE INDICATED NORMAL TO SLIGHTLY DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS IN
PLACE ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...WITH
CONTINUED BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL CONDITIONS IN PLACE ACROSS
THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS. HOWEVER...THE LATEST VIC CALCULATIONS ARE
SHOWING SOME IMPROVEMENT IN CONDITIONS AREA WIDE.

THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT IS ALSO INDICATING IMPROVING
CONDITIONS WITH 49 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE
BEING RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT THIS WEEK...COMPARED TO 53
PERCENT LAST WEEK AND TO 80 PERCENT AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.
THE CROP REPORT ALSO INDICATED 56 PERCENT OF THE SUBSOIL MOISTURE
ACROSS THE STATE WAS RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT THIS WEEK...COMPARED
TO 53 PERCENT LAST WEEK AND TO 87 PERCENT AT THIS SAME TIME LAST
YEAR.

PASTURE AND RANGELAND ACROSS THE STATE REMAIN IN BETTER SHAPE AS
WELL...WITH ONLY 36 PERCENT RATED AT POOR OR VERY POOR...COMPARED
TO 64 PERCENT AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA OVER THE PAST MONTH OF JUNE
WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECEIVED ONLY 0.02 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE. THIS IS 0.47
INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND MAKES JUNE OF 2014 THE 4TH DRIEST ON
RECORD IN ALAMOSA.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS OVER THE PAST MONTH OF
JUNE WAS 1.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 1.29
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE...WHICH IS
1.21 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO OVER THE PAST MONTH OF JUNE WAS
2.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 0.86 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF JUNE...WHICH IS 0.50
INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

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    0.02/-0.47  1.31/-0.35  1.83/-0.88   10.41/+3.10
COS AIRPORT    1.29/-1.21  4.77/-1.18  6.08/-1.53   21.97/+5.43
PUB AIRPORT    0.86/-0.50  3.57/-0.70  5.06/-0.79   12.54/-0.03

EADS           2.20/-0.03  3.39/-2.54  4.43/-3.22   15.09/-0.59
LAMAR          1.77/-0.58  3.83/-1.86  3.83/-1.77   15.55/+0.35
WALSH 1W       2.05/-0.64  5.54/-0.93  6.56/-1.96   19.00/-0.16
CAMPO 7S       0.96/-1.50  3.26/-2.63  3.60/-4.02   13.05/-3.91
ORDWAY 21N     1.15/-0.32  2.24/-2.05  2.96/-2.66    7.17/-5.38
LAS ANIMAS     0.99/-0.88  3.35/-1.70  4.17/-2.60    8.75/-4.98
KIM 15NNE      1.63/-0.33  3.17/-2.36  4.53/-3.31   14.32/-2.52
FLORISSANT FB  0.85/-1.04  4.21/-0.89  5.96/-1.27   15.99/-0.89
CANON CITY     0.39/-0.73  3.60/-0.46  5.88/-0.27   16.83/+3.36
RYE 1SW        0.86/-2.01  6.20/-1.83 10.67/-2.37   30.77/+5.66
WESTCLIFFE     0.43/-0.58  4.77/+0.80  6.86/+0.49   14.39/-0.16
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.07/-1.47  3.99/-1.55  6.43/-2.82   16.44/-1.60
TRINIDAD       1.08/-0.63  5.25/+0.54  6.71/-0.26   16.74/+0.43
CRESTONE 2SE   0.09/-0.91  3.19/+0.05  4.16/-1.12   15.75/+2.49
DEL NORTE 2E   0.06/-0.69  1.26/-1.15  2.11/-1.88    9.20/-1.36
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.07/-0.81  1.59/-1.36  2.74/-1.62    9.77/-0.82
CLIMAX         0.50/-0.83  6.01/+0.28 15.90/+4.22   31.38/+7.40

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

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

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS INDICATE BETTER
CHANCES OF COOLER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND WETTER THAN 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 AUGUST 7TH 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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