Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
745 PM MST SAT DEC 19 2015

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-220245-
745 PM MST SAT DEC 19 2015

...A FEW AREAS OF ABNORMALLY DRY CONDITIONS PERSIST ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

NOVEMBER OF 2015 STARTED OUT VERY WARM...WITH A FEW MINOR WEATHER
DISTURBANCES MOVING ACROSS THE AREA BRINGING LIGHT PRECIPITATION
NOVEMBER 4TH AND 5TH AND AGAIN ON THE 10TH AND 11TH. A STRONGER SYSTEM
MOVED ACROSS THE AREA NOVEMBER 16TH AND 17TH...BRINGING WIDESPREAD
SNOWFALL TO THE AREAS ALONG THE CONTINENTAL DIVIDE...ALONG WITH
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS TO NORTHERN PORTIONS OF THE PLAINS AND THE FIRST
MEASURABLE SNOWFALL FOR MOST OF SOUTHEAST COLORADO. A WARMING TREND
ALLOWED FOR MUCH OF THE SNOW TO MELT ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS...BEFORE
A MUCH COLDER SYSTEM BROUGHT ANOTHER ROUND OF LIGHT SNOW AND WELL BELOW
SEASONAL TEMPERATURES TO THE MOST OF THE AREA FOR THANKSGIVING...WITH
THE COLD TEMPERATURES PERSISTING THROUGH THE END OF THE MONTH. FOR
THE MONTH AS A WHOLE...NEAR NORMAL TO WELL ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION
WAS RECORDED ACROSS THE AREA...WITH THE GREATEST AMOUNTS ACROSS THE
SOUTHERN MOUNTAINS AND THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
DECEMBER 17TH...SHOWS VERY LITTLE CHANGE...WITH ABNORMALLY DRY
(D0) CONDITIONS CONFINED TO CROWLEY COUNTY...MOST OF OTERO
COUNTY...EXTREME EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL
PASO COUNTY...EXTREME NORTHWESTERN BENT COUNTY AND EXTREME SOUTHWESTERN
KIOWA COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS
MOST OF CHAFFEE COUNTY...NORTHWESTERN FREMONT COUNTY...AND CENTRAL
TELLER 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...

FIRE DANGER ACROSS SNOW FREE AREAS REMAINS MODERATE TO HIGH...AS VEGETATION
HAS CURED THROUGH THE FALL SEASON.

THE LATEST INFORMATION ON FIRE BANS AND RESTRICTIONS CAN BE FOUND
AT: WWW.COEMERGENCY.COM/P/FIRE-BANS-DANGER.HTML

AGRICULTURAL...

THE USDA WILL BEGIN ISSUING THE WEEKLY COLORADO CROP REPORT AGAIN
EARLY IN THE SPRING OF 2016.

HYDROLOGIC...

STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER CAME IN
AT 113 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM THE 118
PERCENT OF AVERAGE PRECIPITATION EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE STATE
IN NOVEMBER OF 2014.

STATEWIDE SNOWPACK TOTALS FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER CAME IN AT
106 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS UP FROM 91 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE SNOWPACK ACROSS THE STATE IN NOVEMBER OF 2014.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...NOVEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT
125 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS DOWN SLIGHTLY FROM THE
134 PERCENT OF AVERAGE PRECIPITATION AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER CAME IN
AT 125 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS UP FROM THE 114 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE SNOWPACK ACROSS THE BASIN IN NOVEMBER OF 2014. MUCH OF
THIS INCREASE CAN BE ATTRIBUTED TO THE LOWER PORTIONS OF THE
BASIN...WITH THE CUCHARAS AND HUERFANO BASINS COMING IN AT 151
PERCENT OF AVERAGE AND THE PURGATOIRE BASIN COMING IN AT 141
PERCENT OF AVERAGE...WITH THE UPPER PORTION OF THE BASIN COMING AT
AT 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE MONTH.

IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN...NOVEMBER PRECIPITATION TOTALS
CAME IN AT 128 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS UP FROM THE
97 PERCENT OF AVERAGE PRECIPITATION EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN FOR THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
CAME IN AT 116 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS WELL ABOVE
THE 66 PERCENT OF AVERAGE SNOWPACK ACROSS THE BASIN IN NOVEMBER
OF 2014.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF NOVEMBER CAME IN
AT 110 OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS UP SLIGHTLY FOR THE 107
PERCENT OF OVERALL STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER CAME
IN AT 138 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS WELL ABOVE THE 85
PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS AT THE END OF NOVEMBER
CAME IN AT 89 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS WELL ABOVE
THE 64 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
WAS 1.5 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.44 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 4.3 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER...WHICH IS
0.02 INCHES AND 0.6 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF
NOVEMBER WAS 1.0 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
0.48 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 5.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT
THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER...WHICH IS 0.08 INCHES AND 1.1 INCHES ABOVE
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER
WAS 2.2 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.57 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 6.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT THE MONTH OF NOVEMBER...WHICH IS
0.10 INCHES AND 2.0 INCHES ABOVE 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    0.44/+0.02  2.20/+0.19  5.23/+0.49   9.38/+2.07
COS AIRPORT    0.48/+0.08  2.16/-0.25 12.75/+1.66  25.14/+8.60
PUB AIRPORT    0.57/-0.10  1.24/-0.72  7.34/-0.36  16.50/+3.93

EADS           0.45/-0.01  3.37/+0.68  7.26/-2.62  20.25/+4.57
LAMAR          0.97/+0.59  3.84/+1.41 13.71/+3.76  24.26/+9.06
WALSH 1W       1.55/+0.97  5.53/+1.91 15.50/+2.73  26.19/+7.03
CAMPO 7S       2.57/+2.13  5.81/+2.61 14.30/+2.97  21.77/+4.81
LAS ANIMAS     0.27/-0.15  1.70/-0.96  6.22/-1.74  15.76/+2.03
KIM 15NNE      1.92/+1.17  5.00/+1.84  9.29/-1.04  18.78/+1.94
FLORISSANT FB  1.11/+0.47  2.11/-0.79 11.87/+0.84  22.08/+5.20
CANON CITY     0.50/-0.15  1.71/-0.87  7.57/-0.33  22.79/+9.32
RYE 1SW        2.06/+0.86  4.50/+0.04 14.86/+1.19  35.68/+10.57
WESTCLIFFE     0.51/-0.48  1.47/-1.39  8.46/-0.15  15.28/+0.73
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.96/-0.24  3.10/-0.22  8.05/-1.16  22.07/+4.03
TRINIDAD       1.47/+0.65  5.20/+1.79 10.30/-0.18  22.11/+5.80
CRESTONE 2SE   0.46/-0.20  2.49/-0.48  8.03/-0.42  17.70/+4.44
DEL NORTE 2E   0.22/-0.35  2.04/-0.54  5.18/-1.59  11.04/+0.48
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.52/+0.12  2.25/-0.01  6.56/-0.15  15.04/+4.45
CLIMAX         2.49/+0.52  5.24/-0.15 12.20/+0.55  26.21/+2.23

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE REST OF DECEMBER INDICATES EQUAL
CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BETTER
CHANCES FOR ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA. THE OUTLOOK
FOR JANUARY...FEBRUARY AND MARCH INDICATE EQUAL CHANCES OF ABOVE...BELOW
OR NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH A SLIGHT TILT ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK...VALID THROUGH MARCH 31ST 2016...DOES
NOT INDICATE ANY EXPECTED DROUGHT DEVELOPMENT ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY JANUARY 14TH 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
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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