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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
352 PM MDT THU JUN 16 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-182200-
352 PM MDT THU JUN 16 2016

..DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

A GENERALLY COOL AND UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN EXPERIENCED ACROSS
THE REGION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF MAY...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS OVER
AND NEAR THE HIGHER TERRAIN...HAS BEEN FOLLOWED BY THE A WARM AND
GENERALLY DRY START TO THE MONTH OF JUNE.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
JUNE 16H 2016...IS INDICATING LITTLE CHANGE WITH DROUGHT FREE
CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE
FOR ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF MINERAL 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...

THE WARM AND GENERALLY DRY START TO JUNE HAS STARTED TO DRY OUT
FUELS ACROSS THE AREA. IF THIS PATTERN CONTINUES...FIRE DANGER
WILL BE ON THE RISE 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 LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT INDICATED FIELD WORK ACROSS
THE STATE WAS ACCELERATED OVER THE PAST WEEK DUE TO INCREASING
SOIL TEMPERATURES. THE INCREASING TEMPERATURES ALSO ALLOWED FOR
SOME DRYING...HOWEVER...BOTH TOP SOIL MOISTURE AND SUB SOIL
MOISTURE REMAINED RATED AT 87 PERCENT ADEQUATE OR BETTER STATEWIDE
AND JUST A FEW PERCENTAGE POINTS LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE LAST COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT OF THE YEAR INDICATED
STATEWIDE MOUNTAIN SNOWPACK CAME IN AT 201 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL
AT THE END OF MAY...AS COMPARED TO 95 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT
THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

JUNE 1ST SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN CAME IN AT 208 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO THE 66 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL SNOWPACK
AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN ON JUNE 1ST CAME IN AT 85 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 66 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL SNOWPACK
AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF MAY WAS 108
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS THE SAME AVERAGE STORAGE AT
THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...JUNE 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 116 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO THE 108 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...JUNE 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 79 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO THE 67 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

THE GENERALLY COOL AND WET MAY HELPED BOOST BASIN STREAM FLOWS...WITH
THE CURRENT FORECASTS IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN RANGING FROM 90 TO 109
PERCENT OF AVERAGE. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STREAM FLOW FORECASTS
ARE BETWEEN 70 AND 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
MAY WAS 0.8 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.12 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF MAY...WHICH IS 0.54 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE
MONTH OF MAY...WHICH IS 0.1 INCHES BELOW NORMAL. THIS BRINGS THE
2015-16 SEASONAL SNOWFALL TOTAL TO 43.0 INCHES...WHICH IS 15.4
INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST
MONTH OF MAY WAS 1.3 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
2.38 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND A TRACE OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE
MONTH OF MAY...WHICH IS 0.35 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND 0.7 INCHES
BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY. THIS BRINGS THE 2015-16 SEASONAL
SNOWFALL TOTAL TO 50.7 INCHES...WHICH IS 13.0 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
MAY WAS 0.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 2.76 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF MAY...WHICH IS 1.25 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED NO SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
MAY...WHICH IS 0.5 BELOW NORMAL. THIS BRINGS THE 2015-16 SEASONAL
SNOWFALL TOTAL TO 31.4 INCHES...WHICH IS 0.4 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:

...............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    1.15/+0.54  3.39/+1.69  4.62/+2.05   9.85/+2.54
COS AIRPORT    2.38/+0.35  5.39/+0.94  7.18/+1.73  19.95/+3.41
PUB AIRPORT    2.76/+1.25  6.31/+2.47  7.57/+2.70  14.91/+2.34

EADS           1.07/-1.19  6.65/+2.02  6.93/+1.13  14.19/-1.49
LAMAR          1.05/-0.97  5.28/+1.10  5.66/+0.41  19.37/+4.17
CAMPO 7S       1.35/-0.75  4.14/-0.29  4.44/-1.19  18.74/+1.78
WALSH 1W       1.43/-0.79  6.38/+1.48  7.70/+4.04  23.20/+4.04
KIM 15NNE      0.72/-1.14  3.94/-0.91  5.91/-0.60  15.20/-1.64
FLORISSANT FB  1.99/+0.36  5.65/+1.26  7.12/+1.27  18.99/+2.11
CANON CITY     1.00/-0.41  4.55/+0.47  5.73/+0.16  13.30/-0.17
RYE 1SW        2.13/-0.09  9.32/+1.63 12.38/+0.94  27.24/+2.13
WESTCLIFFE     0.92/-0.46  4.70/+0.53  6.11/+0.17  14.57/+0.02
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.19/-0.63  5.49/-0.47  6.84/-1.99  14.89/+3.15
TRINIDAD       2.45/+0.73  5.76/+1.60  6.92/+1.09  17.22/+0.91
CRESTONE 2SE   1.28/+0.26  4.33/+1.07  6.35/+1.54  14.38/+1.12
DEL NORTE 2E   0.83/+0.00  3.23/+0.74  4.74/+0.95   9.92/-0.64
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.43/-0.64  2.99/+0.22  4.64/+0.76  11.20/+0.61
CLIMAX         2.05/+0.13  8.08/+1.42 13.81/+1.48  26.01/+2.03

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS INDICATES BETTER
CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.
THE OUTLOOK FOR THE JULY...AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER INDICATE A SLIGHT
TILT TO WARMER THAN NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY JULY 7TH 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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