Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
746 PM MDT Thu May 11 2017

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-140200-
746 PM MDT Thu May 11 2017

...Late March through early May rain and snow continues to bring
drought relief to southeastern Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

An unsettled weather pattern developed across the region in late
March, which then continued through out much of April and into early
May. This unsettled weather pattern allowed for multiple slow moving
storm systems to move across the state, which brought abundant and
much needed rain and snow to southern Colorado, especially the
southeast mountains and plains.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday May 11th,
2017, has eliminated drought conditions across the southeast plains
and is now indicating drought free conditions across most of south
central and southeast Colorado.

The current drought monitor, however, continues to indicate Abnormally
Dry (D0) conditions across most of Teller County and into extreme
northwestern portions of El Paso County, with extreme northern
portions of Teller County still being classified in the Moderate
Drought (D1) category.

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

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

The abundant and beneficial moisture received over the past few months
has helped to quash fire danger across the area, with green up well
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...

The abundant moisture across the region over the past few months has
helped to recharge soil moisture across southeast Colorado.

HYDROLOGIC...

May 1st statewide snowpack came in at 103 percent of normal and is
at 86 percent of peak, with a late spike in snowpack due to a cool
and unsettled last week of April. This is also at 93 percent of the
average snowpack across the state at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, May 1st snowpack came in at 115 percent of
median. In the Rio Grande Basin, May 1st snowpack came in at 88
percent of median.

Water storage across the state at the end of April was at 112 percent
of average overall, as compared to 113 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, end of April storage was at 106 percent of
average overall, as compared to 125 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year. In the Rio Grande Basin, end
of April storage was at 98 percent of average overall, as compared to
91 percent of average storage available at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the month of April was
1.7 degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded 0.63 inches of precipitation
and 4.9 inches of snow through out the month of April, which is 0.04
inches and 1.3 inches above normal, respectively. This also brings
the 2016-17 seasonal snowfall total in Alamosa to 41.1 inches, which
is 14.4 inches above normal.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the month of
April was 2.3 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs recorded 2.14
inches of precipitation and 9.7 inches of snow through out the month
of April, which is 0.72 inches and 4.8 inches above normal, respectively.
This also brings the 2016-17 seasonal snowfall total in Colorado
Springs to 25.1 inches, which is 11.9 inches below normal.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the month of April was
1.9 degrees above normal Pueblo recorded 4.19 inches of precipitation
through out the month of April. This is 2.79 inches above normal and
makes April of 2017 the 5th wettest April on record. Pueblo recorded
14.0 inches of snow through out the month of April. This is 12.6
inches above normal and makes April of 2017 the 6th snowiest April
on record. This also brings the 2016-17 seasonal snowfall total in
Pueblo to 28.2 inches, which is 3.1 inches below normal.

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    0.63/+0.04  1.65/+0.27  4.53/+2.12   8.92/+1.62
COS Airport    2.14/+0.72  2.65/-0.11  3.72/-0.10  12.77/-3.77
PUB Airport    4.19/+2.79  5.31/+2.68  7.60/+3.77  13.56/+0.99

Lamar          2.84/+1.52  3.38/+0.85  4.90/+1.29  17.19/+1.99
Campo 7S       5.26/+3.93  5.86/+3.15  7.74/+3.77  21.45/+4.49
Walsh 1W       5.81/+4.25  7.11/+3.98  8.79/+4.03  21.04/+1.88
Kim 15NNE      5.90/+4.19  7.14/+3.66  9.67/+4.27  18.18/+1.34
Canon City     2.80/+1.27  3.28/+0.15  4.85/+0.04  11.93/-1.54
Rye 1SW        6.33/+3.39 11.17/+4.57 14.12/+3.70  24.42/-0.69
Westcliffe     2.67/+1.09  4.33/+0.77  5.51/-0.04  11.49/-3.06
Walsenburg 1NW 4.83/+2.65  8.71/+3.66 11.48/+3.27  18.20/+0.16
Trinidad       2.67/+1.39  4.95/+1.93  7.13/+2.20  16.83/+0.52
Crestone 2SE   0.96/-0.16  2.90/+0.23  6.21/+1.76  13.41/+0.15
Del Norte 2E   1.45/+0.62  2.36/+0.34  4.57/+1.04   9.54/-1.02
Buena Vista 2S 0.74/-0.26  1.20/-0.91  2.97/-0.24   7.85/-2.74
CLIMAX         2.61/+0.13  6.24/-0.28 17.16/+4.78  26.92/+2.94

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

ThE Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook across south central and
southeast Colorado for the next week indicate better chances for
below normal temperatures and equal chances of above, below and near
normal temperatures. The outlook for the rest of May, June and July
indicate a slight nod to warmer than normal temperatures and wetter
than normal conditions.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Friday June 9th, 2017, or sooner if
necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

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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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