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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
125 PM MDT THU JUL 16 2015

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-181930-
125 PM MDT THU JUL 16 2015

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

SYNOPSIS...

JUNE PRECIPITATION TOTALS ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO
WERE NEAR TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL ACROSS MOST OF THE SOUTHEAST
PLAINS...WITH SLIGHTLY TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION EXPERIENCED
OVER AND NEAR THE HIGHER TERRAIN. THIS...ALONG WITH ABOVE NORMAL
TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA FOR THE 2015
WATER YEAR THUS FAR (OCTOBER 1ST THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30TH)...HAS
HELPED ERASE DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

WITH THIS IN MIND...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
JULY 16TH...DEPICTS ALL OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO AS
DROUGHT FREE.

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 SEVERAL
MONTHS HAS KEPT FIRE DANGER GENERALLY LOW ACROSS MOST OF 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...

WIDESPREAD PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE PAST SEVERAL
MONTHS HAS HELPED TO REPLENISH SOIL MOISTURE ACROSS THE AREA. THE
LATEST CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS INDICATED NORMAL TO
SLIGHTLY ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO...WITH WELL ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS INDICATED
OVER AND NEAR THE EASTERN MOUNTAINS.

THE LATEST USDA COLORADO CROP REPORT INDICATED 16 PERCENT OF TOP
SOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS ACROSS THE STATE WERE RATED AT SHORT OR
VERY SHORT...WITH WITH 84 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL CONDITIONS RATED AT
ADEQUATE OR BETTER. THIS COMPARES TO 53 PERCENT OF TOP SOIL
MOISTURE CONDITIONS RATED AT SHORT OF VERY SHORT AND 47 PERCENT
RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER...AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS INDICATED SIMILAR RESULTS...WITH 19
PERCENT BEING RATED AT SHORT OR VERY SHORT AND 81 PERCENT BEING
RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER. THIS COMPARES TO 53 PERCENT OF
SUBSOIL MOISTURE CONDITIONS RATED AT SHORT OF VERY SHORT AND 47
PERCENT RATED AT ADEQUATE OR BETTER...AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

HYDROLOGIC...

WIDESPREAD AND ABUNDANT PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA...ESPECIALLY
FROM THE LATE SPRING THROUGH THE EARLY SUMMER...WAS GREAT NEWS ACROSS
THE AREA IN TERMS OF WATER SUPPLY AND DROUGHT RELIEF.

STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF JUNE CAME IN AT
112 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM THE 107 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL FROM LAST MONTH AND REMAINS ABOVE THE 94 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL STORAGE LEVELS AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF JUNE WERE AT
140 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM THE 108 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL STORAGE REPORTED LAST MONTH AND REMAINS WELL ABOVE
THE 66 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST
YEAR. MUCH OF THIS INCREASE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE JOHN MARTIN
RESERVOIR...WHICH WAS AT 208 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE LEVELS AT
THE END OF JUNE. LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME...THE JOHN MARTIN RESERVOIR
REPORTED ONLY 16 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE OVERALL.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF JUNE WAS AT
89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS UP FROM THE 66 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED LAST MONTH AND IS ALSO UP FROM THE 56 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE STORAGE REPORTED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE WAS
3.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING JUNE OF 2015 TIED WITH JUNE OF
1956 AS THE SECOND WARMEST JUNE ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 1.19
INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE. THIS IS
0.70 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JUNE OF 2015 THE 10TH WETTEST
JUNE ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGHOUT THE MONTH
OF JUNE WAS 3.4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
5.72 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE. THIS
IS 3.22 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES JUNE OF 2015 THE 4TH WETTEST
JUNE ON RECORD IN COLORADO SPRINGS.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE WAS
2.8 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 1.22 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF JUNE...WHICH IS 0.14 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    1.19/+0.70  3.39/+1.73  5.13/+2.42   8.84/+1.53
COS AIRPORT    5.72/+3.22 14.82/+8.87 17.95/+10.34 28.91/+12.37
PUB AIRPORT    1.22/-0.14  8.19/+3.92 10.14/+4.29  16.91/+4.34

EADS           1.85/-0.38 12.29/+6.36 13.69/+6.04  28.92/+13.24
LAMAR          2.49/+0.14 10.75/+5.06 12.61/+5.41  23.70/+8.50
WALSH 1W       1.75/-0.94  8.15/+1.68 10.95/+2.43  20.44/+1.28
CAMPO 7S       1.78/-0.68  6.42/+0.53  8.50/+0.88  18.86/+1.90
ORDWAY 21N     2.31/+0.84  7.60/+3.31  8.64/+3.02  13.38/+0.83
LAS ANIMAS     0.73/-1.14  8.11/+3.06  9.59/+2.82  16.03/+2.30
KIM 15NNE      1.22/-0.74  6.94/+1.41  9.28/+1.44  24.33/+7.49
FLORISSANT_FB  2.39/+0.50  9.62/+4.52 12.05/+4.82  23.44/+6.56
CANON CITY     1.00/-0.12 11.89/+7.83 15.78/+9.63  21.14/+7.67
RYE 1SW        3.16/+0.29 16.43/+8.40 22.99/+9.95  40.28/+15.17
WESTCLIFFE     0.76/-0.25  4.85/+0.88  7.11/+0.74  16.15/+1.60
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.97/-0.57  9.36/+3.82 14.04/+4.79  27.06/+9.02
TRINIDAD       0.94/-0.77  9.20/+4.49 11.91/+4.94  19.44/+3.13
CRESTONE 2SE   1.63/+0.63  7.36/+4.22  9.81/+4.53  19.98/+6.72
DEL NORTE 2E   0.77/+0.02  3.90/+1.49  6.38/+2.39  11.25/+0.69
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.48/+0.60  7.43/+4.48  9.38/+5.20  15.94/+5.35
CLIMAX         2.00/+0.67  8.70/+2.97 13.09/+1.41  30.00/+6.02

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES BETTER CHANCES
OF NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS CENTRAL PORTIONS OF THE
AREA...WITH BETTER CHANCES OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS THE
FAR WESTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA AND ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES
ACROSS THE FAR EASTERN PORTIONS OF THE AREA. THERE IS A SLIGHT NOD
FOR AT AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA OVER THE
NEXT WEEK...SAVE A BETTER CHANCE OF BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

THE OUTLOOK FOR REST OF JULY...AUGUST AND SEPTEMBER 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 AUGUST 13TH 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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