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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
736 AM MDT THU AUG 13 2015

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-151345-
736 AM MDT THU AUG 13 2015

...SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO REMAIN DROUGHT FREE...

SYNOPSIS...

JULY WAS A SLIGHTLY COOLER AND WETTER THAN NORMAL MONTH ACROSS MUCH
OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE FOR AREAS OF ABOVE
NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

THE WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF
EASTERN COLORADO HAS ALLOWED FOR SOILS TO DRY OUT AND HAS LED TO
INCREASED FIRE DANGER OVER THE PAST MONTH. HOWEVER...WITH ABOVE
NORMAL TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA FOR THE
2015 WATER YEAR TO DATE (OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH)...THE
LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY AUGUST 13TH...CONTINUES
TO DEPICT DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS ACROSS ALL 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...

WARMER AND DRIER THAN NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS PORTIONS OF EASTERN
COLORADO HAS ALLOWED FOR SOILS TO DRY OUT AND HAS LED TO INCREASED
FIRE DANGER OVER THE PAST MONTH. WITH THAT SAID...A FAST MOVING
WILDFIRE HAD TO BE CONTAINED RECENTLY ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS OF
THE FRONT RANGE.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

HOT SUMMER TEMPERATURES AND SPORADIC CONVECTIVE PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS HAS ALLOWED FOR SOME DETERIORATION OF
SOIL CONDITIONS ACROSS AREA...WITH THE LATEST CPC AND VIC SOIL
MOISTURE CALCULATIONS DEPICTING THIS DRYING AS WELL...ESPECIALLY
ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE LOWER ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY.

THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT INDICATED 26 PERCENT OF TOP
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE WERE RATED AT SHORT OR
VERY SHORT...WITH WITH 74 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL CONDITIONS RATED AT
ADEQUATE OR BETTER. THIS COMPARES TO 44 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL MOISTURE
RATED AT SHORT OF VERY SHORT AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS INDICATED SIMILAR RESULTS...WITH 26
PERCENT BEING RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT AND 74 PERCENT BEING
RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER. THIS COMPARES TO 50 PERCENT OF
SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS RATED AT SHORT OF VERY SHORT AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

HYDROLOGIC...

DESPITE SUMMER TIME TEMPERATURES AND AREAS OF BELOW NORMAL
PRECIPITATION...STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF
JULY CAME IN AT 119 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM
THE 112 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL FROM LAST MONTH AND REMAINS
ABOVE THE 101 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL STORAGE RECORDED AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF JULY WERE AT
156 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM THE 140 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL STORAGE REPORTED LAST MONTH AND REMAINS WELL
ABOVE THE 79 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED AT THIS SAME
TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF JULY WERE AT
92 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM THE 89 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED LAST MONTH AND IS ALSO UP FROM THE 62
PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY WAS
0.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.34 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY...WHICH IS 0.37 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH
OF JULY WAS 0.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
3.13 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY...WHICH
IS 0.30 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY WAS
1.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.64 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JULY. THIS IS 1.42 INCHES BELOW NORMAL AND
MAKES JULY OF 2015 THE 12TH DRIEST JULY ON RECORD IN PUEBLO.

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    1.34/+0.37  4.30/+2.26  6.14/+2.72   8.66/+1.35
COS AIRPORT    3.14/+0.30 16.99/+9.62 20.22/+10.09 27.42/+10.88
PUB AIRPORT    0.64/-1.42  7.41/+2.48 10.53/+2.97  14.27/+1.70

EADS           0.74/-1.65 11.84/+4.96 14.26/+4.56  21.10/+5.42
LAMAR          3.33/+0.44 12.89/+5.63 15.62/+5.83  22.53/+7.33
WALSH 1W       5.54/+2.06 12.93/+4.57 15.19/+3.70  23.84/+4.68
CAMPO 7S       6.03/+3.34 11.83/+4.58 13.74/+3.78  21.97/+5.01
LAS ANIMAS     0.98/-1.26  7.48/+1.43 10.22/+1.59  13.40/-0.33
KIM 15NNE      1.90/-0.85  7.20/+0.63 10.48/+0.43  21.26/+4.42
FLORISSANT_FB  4.84/+1.98 12.73/+6.35 16.40/+6.79  22.52/+5.64
CANON CITY     3.17/+1.20 10.17/+5.67 18.26/+10.63 22.39/+8.92
RYE 1SW        4.75/+1.29 17.44/+8.89 26.41/+11.26 36.03/+10.92
WESTCLIFFE     4.84/+2.41  8.62/+3.80 11.57/+3.80  16.47/+1.92
WALSENBURG 1NW 2.47/+0.47  9.25/+3.89 15.97/+5.56  22.97/+4.93
TRINIDAD       2.85/+0.17  9.57/+3.46 14.26/+5.13  19.93/+3.62
CRESTONE 2SE   2.29/+0.01  8.97/+4.67 11.33/+4.36  18.75/+5.49
DEL NORTE 2E   1.44/-0.12  4.55/+1.41  7.38/+2.22  11.24/+0.68
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.54/-0.02  7.25/+3.74 10.26/+4.64  16.02/+5.61
CLIMAX         3.87/+1.45  9.05/+3.38 15.95/+3.76  30.90/+6.92

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES SLIGHTLY BETTER
CHANCES OF NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE
AREA. THE OUTLOOK FOR REST OF AUGUST...SEPTEMBER AND OCTOBER
CONTINUE TO INDICATE A SLIGHT TILT TO BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ALONG WITH A BETTER CHANCES OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH OCTOBER 31ST...DOES
NOT INDICATE ANY EXPECTED DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 10TH 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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