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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
705 AM MDT TUE MAY 12 2015

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-141315-
705 AM MDT TUE MAY 12 2015

...WIDESPREAD APRIL AND EARLY MAY PRECIPITATION HELPS TO EASE THE
DROUGHT ACROSS PORTIONS OF SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

A STORMY MIDDLE AND LATE APRIL...ALONG WITH A VERY WET START TO
THE MONTH OF MAY...HAS BROUGHT WIDESPREAD BENEFICIAL PRECIPITATION
TO THE AREA...ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS AND PORTIONS
OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
MAY 7TH...HAS TRIMMED PORTIONS OF THE SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS
ACROSS PORTIONS OF KIOWA...BENT...PROWERS...BACA AND LAS ANIMAS
COUNTIES. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ARE NOW CONFINED TO THE
EASTERN 2/3RDS OF CROWLEY AND OTERO COUNTIES...WESTERN KIOWA
COUNTY...MOST OF BENT COUNTY...THE SOUTHERN 2/3RDS OF PROWERS
COUNTY...MOST OF BACA COUNTY AND NORTH CENTRAL TO EXTREME NORTHEASTERN
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS ALSO REMAIN
DEPICTED ACROSS MINERAL COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN SAGUACHE
COUNTY...SOUTHWESTERN RIO GRANDE COUNTY AND WESTERN CONEJOS
COUNTY.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED ACROSS THE
EASTERN 2/3RDS OF KIOWA COUNTY...NORTHERN PROWERS COUNTY...EXTREME
NORTHEASTERN BENT COUNTY...EXTREME EASTERN BACA COUNTY AND THE
REST OF EASTERN AND CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. MODERATE DROUGHT
(D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS WESTERN CROWLEY AND OTERO
COUNTIES...EXTREME EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...SOUTH CENTRAL THROUGH
NORTHWESTERN SAGUACHE COUNTY...THE REST OF RIO GRANDE AND CONEJOS
COUNTIES...MOST OF ALAMOSA COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN COSTILLA
COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS WESTERN LAS
ANIMAS COUNTY AND EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
ALSO REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS MOST OF THE REST OF SAGUACHE AND COSTILLA
COUNTIES...THE REST OF ALAMOSA COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN HUERFANO
COUNTY.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ARE NOW INDICATED ACROSS WESTERN LAS ANIMAS
COUNTY AND THE REST OF HUERFANO AND PUEBLO COUNTIES. DROUGHT FREE
CONDITIONS ALSO REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THIS INCLUDES THE REST OF COSTILLA AND SAGUACHE
COUNTIES...AS WELL AS ALL OF LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT...TELLER...EL
PASO AND CUSTER COUNTIES.

WITH MORE WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION RECORDED ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE
PAST WEEK...MORE IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO MAY BE IN THE OFFING.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE US DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFICATION SCHEME CAN
BE FOUND AT:

WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUS/CLASSIFICATIONSCHEME.ASPX

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

THE WIDESPREAD BENEFICIAL PRECIPITATION OVER THE PAST FEW WEEKS HAS
ALLOWED FOR DECREASING FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE AREA...ESPECIALLY OVER
THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS AND SOUTHEAST PLAINS...WITH GREEN UP WELL UNDER
WAY.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS CONTINUE TO INDICATE NEAR
NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO...WITH SOME POCKETS OF WETTER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS
BEING INDICATED OVER AND NEAR THE EASTERN AND CENTRAL MOUNTAINS.

HYDROLOGIC...

WHILE WIDESPREAD AND BENEFICIAL PRECIPITATION WAS RECEIVED ACROSS
THE AREA IN THE MIDDLE AND AT THE END OF APRIL...THE MAY 1ST
STATEWIDE SNOWPACK READING FELL TO 61 PERCENT OF NORMAL OVERALL.
THIS IS DOWN FROM THE 69 PERCENT OF NORMAL SNOWPACK REPORTED LAST
MONTH AND IS ONLY 61 PERCENT OF THE SNOWPACK REPORTED AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR. THERE ALSO REMAINS SUBSTANTIAL DIFFERENCES
IN THE SNOWPACK DISTRIBUTION...WITH NEAR NORMAL READINGS ACROSS
NORTHERN BASINS AND MUCH BELOW NORMAL READINGS ACROSS THE WESTERN
AND SOUTHERN BASINS.

THE MAY 1ST SNOWPACK REPORT FOR THE ARKANSAS BASIN REMAINED ONE
OF THE HIGHEST IN THE STATE...RUNNING AT 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
OVERALL. THIS UP SLIGHTLY FROM THE FROM THE 87 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
SNOWPACK REPORTED LAST MONTH AND IS 91 PERCENT OF THE SNOWPACK
REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SNOWPACK DISTRIBUTION IN THE
ARKANSAS BASIN MIRROR THAT OF THE STATEWIDE READINGS...WITH NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE BASIN RUNNING AROUND NORMAL AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS
OF THE BASIN RUNNING WELL BELOW NORMAL.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...THE MAY 1ST SNOWPACK WAS DOWN TO ONLY 25
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS DOWN FROM THE 59 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE SNOWPACK REPORTED LAST MONTH AND IS ONLY 59 PERCENT OF
SNOWPACK REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SNOWPACK IN THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN IS THE LOWEST IN THE STATE.

STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF APRIL CAME IN AT
108 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP SLIGHTLY FROM THE 107
PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE LAST MONTH AND IS ALSO ABOVE THE 93
PERCENT OF THE AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST
YEAR. HOWEVER...STORAGE LEVELS ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE
STATE REMAIN WELL BEHIND THE STORAGE LEVELS ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS
OF THE STATE.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS ON MAY 1ST REMAINED AROUND
THE 80 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL REPORTED LAST MONTH...AND REMAINS
ABOVE THE 59 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE LEVELS REPORTED AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS ON MAY 1ST FELL TO 75 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO THE 77 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
REPORTED LAST MONTH AND TO THE 67 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

THE BELOW AVERAGE SNOWPACK OVERALL CONTINUE TO PUT A DAMPER ON LATE
SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER STREAMFLOW RUNOFF FORECASTS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE STATE.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...THE LATEST STREAM FLOW FORECASTS RANGE FROM
NEAR 80 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL FOR THE ARKANSAS RIVER AT SALIDA
AND CHALK CREEK NEAR NATHROP...TO AROUND 50 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL
FOR THE CUCHARAS RIVER NEAR LA VETA AND THE HUERFANO RIVER NEAR
REDWING...AND AROUND 36 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL FOR GRAPE CREEK
NEAR WESTCLIFFE.

THE CURRENT FORECASTS IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN RANGE FROM AROUND 84
PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR UTE CREEK NEAR FORT GARLAND...TO 25 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL FOR THE SAN ANTONIO RIVER AT ORITZ...AND ONLY 6
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL FOR THE RIO GRANDE RIVER NEAR LOBATOS.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS
1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 0.43 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 0.7 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL...WHICH IS 0.16
INCHES AND 2.9 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF
APRIL WAS 2.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 0.97
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 1.7 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH
OF APRIL...WHICH IS 0.45 INCHES AND 3.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL WAS
1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 1.42 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND A TRACE OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF APRIL...WHICH IS 0.02 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND 3.8 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

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    0.43/-0.16  1.84/+0.46  2.72/+0.31   6.13/-1.18
COS AIRPORT    0.97/-0.45  3.23/+0.47  4.52/+0.70  18.91/+2.37
PUB AIRPORT    1.42/+0.02  3.12/+0.49  4.07/+0.24  11.65/-0.92

EADS           1.19/-0.25  2.42/-0.40  3.95/-0.05  20.46/+4.78
LAMAR          1.19/-0.13  2.73/+0.20  3.80/+0.19  17.18/+1.98
WALSH 1W       0.76/-0.80  2.26/-0.87  5.56/+0.80  17.33/-1.83
CAMPO 7S       0.62/-0.71  1.91/-0.80  3.60/-0.37  15.90/-1.06
ORDWAY 21N     0.39/-0.79  1.19/-1.06  1.51/-1.62   7.92/-4.63
LAS ANIMAS     1.61/+0.37  2.74/+0.16  3.38/-0.37  11.09/-2.64
KIM 15NNE      1.64/-0.07  3.28/-0.20  5.93/+0.53  21.05/+4.21
FLORISSANT_FB  1.73/+0.15  3.67/+0.44  4.88/+0.02  18.67/+1.79
CANON CITY     4.89/+3.36  8.09/+4.96  9.57/+4.76  16.55/+3.08
RYE 1SW        3.74/+0.80  8.97/+2.37 12.67/+2.25  30.55/+5.44
WESTCLIFFE     1.07/-0.51  2.95/-0.41  4.14/-1.41  15.93/+1.38
WALSENBURG 1NW 2.58/+0.40  6.72/+1.67  9.23/+1.02  21.99/+3.95
TRINIDAD       2.48/+1.20  4.69/+1.67  6.51/+1.58  15.84/-0.47
CRESTONE 2SE   0.68/-0.44  2.36/-0.31  5.21/+0.76  14.87/+1.61
DEL NORTE 2E   0.79/-0.04  2.83/+0.81  3.90/+0.37   8.97/-1.59
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.72/+0.72  3.01/+0.90  4.75/+1.54  11.32/+0.73
CLIMAX         3.52/+1.04  6.90/+0.38 15.15/+2.77  28.00/+4.02

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT TWO WEEKS INDICATE SLIGHTLY
BETTER CHANCES OF NEAR TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND A SLIGHT
NOD TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK FOR REST OF
MAY...JUNE AND JULY INDICATE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW OR
NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A SLIGHT TILT TO ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH JULY 31ST...INDICATES
PROBABLE IMPROVEMENT IN THE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY JUNE 11H 2015...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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