Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
441 PM MDT THU SEP 8 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-102245-
441 PM MDT THU SEP 8 2016

...ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS HAVE DEVELOPED ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

THE SUMMER OF 2016 STARTED OUT VERY WARM AND MAINLY DRY ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...WITH THE MONTHS OF JUNE AND JULY
BEING DOMINATED BY A LARGE RIDGE OF HIGH PRESSURE. BOTH MONTHS SAW
GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION
ACROSS THE AREA...SAVE FOR A FEW DISTURBANCES MOVING ACROSS THE
AREA OWNING TO SPOTTY AREAS OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION DUE TO
SLOW MOVING THUNDERSTORMS. AUGUST OF 2016 WAS A RELATIVELY COOL
AND WET MONTH...ESPECIALLY FOR AREAS OVER AND NEAR THE HIGHER
TERRAIN...WITH MONSOONAL MOISTURE IN PLACE HELPING TO DEVELOP
AFTERNOON AND EVENING SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ACROSS THE AREA
MOST DAYS.

FOR THE SUMMER AS A WHOLE...SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO SAW
GENERALLY ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION...SAVE FOR PORTIONS OF THE I-25 CORRIDOR...WHICH SAW
BELOW TO WELL BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
SEPTEMBER 8TH 2016...IS INDICATING ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
ACROSS EXTREME NORTHERN AND NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF EL PASO
COUNTY...AS WELL AS ACROSS MOST OF HUERFANO COUNTY AND A SMALL
PORTION OF WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. THE REST OF SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO IS DEPICTED 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 WARM AND GENERALLY DRY START TO THE SUMMER ALLOWED FOR FUELS
TO DRY OUT AND INCREASED THE FIRE DANGER ACROSS THE AREA. WITH
THAT SAID...A LARGE WILDFIRE WAS SPARKED BY LIGHTNING ON JULY 8TH
NEAR HAYDEN PASS...WHICH EVENTUALLY BURNED OVER 16,000 ACRES
BEFORE BEING CONTAINED. A COOL AND WET AUGUST HELPED TO TAME THE
CONDITIONS ACROSS THE AREA. HOWEVER...WITH FUELS SLOWLY CURING
THROUGH THE FALL SEASON...FIRE DANGER WILL LIKELY BY ON THE RISE
AGAIN.

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 BOTH TOP SOIL
MOISTURE AND SUB SOIL MOISTURE WAS RATED AROUND 70 PERCENT
ADEQUATE OR BETTER STATEWIDE...WHICH IS ONLY A FEW PERCENTAGE
POINTS LOWER THAN THE PREVIOUS WEEK.

HYDROLOGIC...

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF AUGUST WAS 107 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS SLIGHTLY LOWER THAN THE 116 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...SEPTEMBER 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 107 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AS COMPARED TO THE 145 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE
AVAILABLE AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...SEPTEMBER 1ST STORAGE WAS AT 91 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH WAS THE SAME AMOUNT OF STORAGE AVAILABLE
AT THIS TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST WAS
1.9 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL...MAKING AUGUST OF 2016 THE 10TH COOLEST ON
RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 2.16 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE
MONTH OF AUGUST. THIS IS 0.89 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES AUGUST OF
2016 THE 8TH WETTEST AUGUST ON RECORD.

FOR THE SUMMER SEASON (JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA WAS 1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING THE SUMMER
TO 2016 THE 7TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD. ALAMOSA RECORDED 2.98 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH IS 0.25 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH
OF AUGUST WAS NORMAL...COMING IN AT 68.7 DEGREES. COLORADO SPRINGS
RECORDED 2.43 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
AUGUST...WHICH IS 0.91 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

FOR THE SUMMER SEASON (JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS WAS 2.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING
THE SUMMER TO 2016 THE 7TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS
RECORDED 6.51 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH
IS 2.17 INCHES BELOW NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST WAS
1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 1.32 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF AUGUST...WHICH IS 1 INCH BELOW NORMAL.

FOR THE SUMMER SEASON (JUNE...JULY AND AUGUST) AS A WHOLE...THE AVERAGE
TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO WAS 4 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING THE SUMMER
TO 2016 THE 4TH WARMEST SUMMER ON RECORD. PUEBLO RECORDED 3.15 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT THE SUMMER...WHICH IS 2.59 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    2.16/+0.89  2.98/+0.25  6.37/+1.94   9.80/+2.49
COS AIRPORT    2.43/-0.91  6.51/-2.17 11.90/-1.23  15.57/-0.67
PUB AIRPORT    1.32/-1.00  3.15/-2.59  9.46/-0.12  11.96/-0.61

EADS           1.74/-0.83  6.14/-1.05 12.79/+0.97  16.44/+0.76
LAMAR          1.00/-1.28 10.00/+2.48 15.28/+3.58  19.50/+4.30
CAMPO 7S       6.02/+3.04 10.33/+2.20 14.47/+1.91  20.58/+3.62
WALSH 1W       3.53/+0.52 10.64/+1.49 17.02/+2.97  23.87/+4.71
KIM 15NNE      3.60/+1.14  7.24/+0.07 11.18/-0.84  18.15/+1.31
CANON CITY     3.17/+0.94  5.41/+0.09  9.96/+0.56  12.85/-0.62
RYE 1SW        3.75/+0.87  7.30/-1.91 16.62/-0.28  24.18/-0.93
WALSENBURG 1NW 1.68/-0.67  5.13/-0.76 10.62/-1.23  15.07/-2.97
TRINIDAD       3.43/+0.75  5.93/-1.14 11.69/+0.46  18.05/+1.74
CRESTONE 2SE   3.59/+1.39  4.73/-0.75  9.06/+0.32  13.57/+0.31
DEL NORTE 2E   2.50/+0.62  3.51/-0.68  6.74/+0.06  10.29/-0.27
BUENA VISTA 2S 1.87/-0.14  3.70/-0.75  6.69/-0.53  10.59/+0.00
CLIMAX         3.65/+1.14  6.25/-0.01 14.33/+1.41  25.30/+1.32

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTER (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS INDICATES BETTER CHANCES
OF BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE
OUTLOOK FOR THE REST OF SEPTEMBER...OCTOBER AND NOVEMBER INDICATE A
BETTER CHANCE FOR 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 NOVEMBER 17TH 2016...OR SOONER
IF NECESSARY...IN RESPONSE TO SIGNIFICANT CHANGES IN CONDITIONS.

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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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