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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
446 PM MDT THU APR 21 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-232300-
446 PM MDT THU APR 21 2016

...LATE MARCH AND APRIL STORM SYSTEMS BRING BENEFICIAL MOISTURE
TO MUCH OF SOUTHERN COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

THE FIRST HALF OF MARCH 2016 CONTINUED THE VERY WARM AND DRY
PATTERN WHICH HAD PERSISTED THROUGH MOST OF THE PREVIOUS MONTH OF
FEBRUARY. THE WEATHER PATTERN SWITCHED ACROSS THE REGION AROUND THE
MIDDLE OF THE MONTH...WITH SEVERAL WEATHER SYSTEMS BRINGING IN
COOLER AND MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER TO THE STATE THROUGH THE END OF
THE MONTH...ESPECIALLY NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF THE
COLORADO...WHERE A MARCH BLIZZARD BROUGHT 1 TO 2 FEET OF SNOW ON
THE 23RD.

THIS COOL AND UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUED INTO THE MONTH
OF APRIL...WHERE A SLOW MOVING STORM SYSTEM BROUGHT WIDESPREAD
RAIN AND SNOW TO THE STATE FROM THE 14TH THROUGH THE 20TH. THIS
SYSTEM BROUGHT WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION TOTALS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES
ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS...WITH POCKETS OF 3 TO 4 INCHES OF RAIN
EXPERIENCED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS. THIS VERY
BENEFICIAL MOISTURE HAS HELPED TO SUPPRESS MUCH OF THE MODERATE
TO LOCALLY SEVERE DROUGHT CONDITIONS...WHICH HAD DEVELOPED ACROSS
THE FAR SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO PLAINS OVER THE PAST SEVERAL MONTHS.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
APRIL 22ST 2016...HAS MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS CONFINED TO
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...WESTERN PORTIONS OF BACA
COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN BENT COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN
PROWERS COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS THE
REST OF BACA...BENT AND PROWERS COUNTIES...AS WELL AS KIOWA
COUNTY...CROWLEY COUNTY AND MOST OF OTERO AND LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES.
ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS MOST OF EL PASO
COUNTY...EXTREME EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY...NORTHERN AND EASTERN
PORTIONS OF PUEBLO COUNTY...AS WELL AS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF
COSTILLA COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF
CONEJOS COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN RIO GRANDE COUNTY AND ALL
OF MINERAL 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...

THE COOLER AND MORE UNSETTLED WEATHER WHICH PROVIDED BENEFICIAL
PRECIPITATION TO THE AREA HAS ALSO HELPED TO SUPPRESS THE FIRE
DANGER ACROSS THE STATE AT THIS TIME.

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 STATED THE SLOW MOVING APRIL
STORM SYSTEM REPLENISHED MOISTURE SUPPLIES IN LOCALITIES THAT HAD
EXPERIENCED PROLONGED DRY CONDITIONS...WITH SEVERAL INSTANCES OF
SOIL SATURATION. THE REPORTED INDICATED 79 PERCENT OF TOPSOIL
MOISTURE AND 71 PERCENT OF SUBSOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE STATE WAS
RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER...AS COMPARED TO 66 PERCENT AND 67
PERCENT...RESPECTIVELY...FROM THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED STATEWIDE MOUNTAIN
PRECIPITATION TOTALS AT THE END OF MARCH CAME AT 98 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
OVERALL...THOUGH SHOWED A NORTHERN BIAS ACROSS THE STATE.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...MARCH PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT 62 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION TOTALS DOWN
TO 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...MARCH PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT 79
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS DOWN TO 86 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

APRIL 1ST STATEWIDE SNOWPACK CAME IN AT 98 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
OVERALL...AND IS 138 PERCENT OF THE STATEWIDE SNOWPACK AT THIS
TIME LAST YEAR.

APRIL 1ST SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN CAME IN AT 92 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 107 PERCENT OF THE BASIN SNOWPACK AT
THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN ON APRIL 1ST CAME IN AT 79
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 131 PERCENT OF THE BASIN
SNOWPACK AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF MARCH WAS 111
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

AT THE END OF MARCH...STORAGE IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN DROPPED SLIGHTLY
TO 120 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AND REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE 80
PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

AT THE END OF MARCH...STORAGE IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN REMAINED
AROUND 94 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AND REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE
78 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
MARCH WAS 1.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.52 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION AND 8.2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
MARCH...WHICH IS 0.01 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND 3.2 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST
MONTH OF MARCH WAS 2.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS
RECORDED 0.73 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 10.5 INCHES OF SNOW
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF MARCH...WHICH IS 0.27 INCHES BELOW NORMAL
AND 2.4 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
MARCH WAS 3.1 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.58 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION AND 3.9 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT MARCH...WHICH
IS 0.35 INCHES AND 1.8 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    0.52/-0.01  1.50/+0.45  3.17/+0.67   9.18/+1.87
COS AIRPORT    0.73/-0.27  2.27/+0.61  4.38/+1.16  24.39/+7.85
PUB AIRPORT    0.58/-0.35  1.44/-0.14  3.05/-0.10  16.15/+3.58

EADS           0.27/-0.66  0.53/-1.19  2.80/-0.97  18.25/+2.57
LAMAR          0.12/-0.72  0.28/-1.23  3.36/+0.27  22.47/+7.27
WALSH 1W       0.03/-1.09  0.43/-1.62  5.83/+1.07  23.26/+4.14
CAMPO 7S       0.09/-0.91  0.15/-1.58  5.20/+1.18  19.33/+2.37
KIM 15NNE      0.73/-0.55  1.70/-0.61  6.80/+2.00  17.71/+0.87
FLORISSANT FB  0.86/-0.32  1.72/-0.41  4.36/+0.15  21.43/+4.55
CANON CITY     0.35/-0.79  1.33/-0.76  2.75/-1.43  18.57/+5.10
RYE 1SW        1.38/-1.15  4.12/-0.89  8.35/-0.60  32.57/+7.46
WESTCLIFFE     0.58/-0.63  1.48/-0.92  3.11/-1.84  14.54/-0.01
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.77/-1.19  1.83/-1.88  5.15/-2.07  18.56/+0.52
TRINIDAD       0.59/-0.57  1.35/-0.91  6.95/+2.04  20.31/+4.00
CRESTONE 2SE   0.46/-0.66  1.48/-0.66  4.43/+0.11  16.24/+2.98
DEL NORTE 2E   0.55/+0.28  1.55/-0.03  3.45/-0.08  10.37/-0.19
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.35/-0.35  1.14/-0.27  3.56/+0.49  14.51/+3.92
CLIMAX         2.99/+0.73  6.73/+0.42 13.07/+1.46  27.62/+3.64

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES BETTER CHANCES
FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS
SOUTHWEST COLORADO. THE OUTLOOK FOR MAY...JUNE AND JULY INDICATE
EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ALONG
WITH BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY MAY 19TH 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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