Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
820 AM MDT THU MAR 13 2014

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-151430-
820 AM MDT THU MAR 13 2014

...SOME IMPROVEMENT IN DROUGHT CONDITIONS ACROSS THE CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST MOUNTAINS...

SYNOPSIS...

A COLD AND RELATIVELY WET EARLY FEBRUARY ACROSS THE STATE GAVE WAY
TO A WARMER AND DRIER WEATHER PATTERN FOR THE MIDDLE AND END OF THE
MONTH...SAVE FOR CENTRAL PORTIONS OF STATE...WHICH AGAIN SAW ABOVE
NORMAL PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH AS A WHOLE. HOWEVER...THE MONTH
OF MARCH CAME IN LIKE A LION...BRINGING GOOD PRECIPITATION...ESPECIALLY
TO AREAS OVER AND NEAR THE HIGHER TERRAIN. WITH THIS IN MIND...THE
CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR INDICATES IMPROVEMENTS ACROSS PORTIONS OF
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS HAVE NOW EXPANDED TO INCLUDE ALL OF
LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT...TELLER AND CUSTER COUNTIES. DROUGHT FREE
CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED ACROSS WESTERN EL PASO COUNTY...WESTERN
HUERFANO COUNTY AND EXTREME NORTHWESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY. OTHER
CHANGES IN THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR INCLUDE SOUTHWESTERN
PORTIONS OF PUEBLO COUNTY AND NORTHEASTERN PORTIONS OF HUERFANO
COUNTY...WHICH IMPROVED TO ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS FROM MODERATE
DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS.

THE CURRENT US DROUGHT MONITOR CONTINUES TO INDICATE EXCEPTIONAL
DROUGHT(D4) CONDITIONS ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN CROWLEY COUNTY...EASTERN
OTERO COUNTY...SOUTHWESTERN KIOWA COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN BENT
COUNTY.

EXTREME DROUGHT (D3) CONDITIONS REMAIN DEPICTED ACROSS THE REST OF
CROWLEY AND OTERO COUNTIES...WESTERN AND CENTRAL PORTIONS OF KIOWA
AND BENT COUNTIES...EXTREME EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...AND EXTREME
NORTH CENTRAL LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.

SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE INDICATED ACROSS
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...EASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...CENTRAL
AND EASTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...SOUTHWESTERN THROUGH NORTHEASTERN AND
SOUTHEASTERN BACA COUNTY...EASTERN BENT COUNTY...PROWERS COUNTY AND
EASTERN KIOWA COUNTY.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS REMAIN ACROSS SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO
COUNTY...MOST OF THE REST OF PUEBLO COUNTY...WESTERN LAS ANIMAS
COUNTY AND SOUTH CENTRAL BACA COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS ALL OF
SAGUACHE...MINERAL...RIO GRANDE...CONEJOS...ALAMOSA AND COSTILLA
COUNTIES. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS
SOUTHCENTRAL THROUGH NORTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY...NORTHWESTERN
PUEBLO COUNTY AND EXTREME WESTERN LAS ANIMAS COUNTY.

MORE INFORMATION ON THE US DROUGHT MONITOR CLASSIFICATION SCHEME CAN
BE FOUND AT:

WWW.DROUGHTMONITOR.UNL.EDU/ABOUTUS/CLASSIFICATIONSCHEME.ASPX

SUMMARY OF IMPACTS...

WINDY WEATHER DAYS OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAVE PRODUCED SEVERAL
OCCURRENCES OF BLOWING DUST AND TUMBLEWEEDS DAYS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS
THE PERSISTENT SEVERE TO EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT RAVAGED PORTIONS OF THE
SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS. THE BLOWING DUST HAS LEAD TO SEVERAL
ACCIDENTS ON AREA ROADWAYS...DUE TO ASSOCIATED POOR VISIBILITY...ALONG
WITH HEALTH HAZARDS ACROSS THE AREA. THE COLORADO DROUGHT TASK FORCE
HAS ALSO REPORTED THE BLOWING TUMBLEWEEDS HAVE CLOGGED AREA DITCHES
AND ROADWAYS...AND PROMPTED THE RESCUE OF A FEW CITIZENS FROM THEIR
HOMES DUE TO MASSIVE PILE UPS.

FIRE DANGER IMPACTS...

HIGH FIRE DANGER CONTINUES TO BE REPORTED ACROSS THE SNOW FREE
AREAS OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL IMPACTS...

THE LATEST CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS CONTINUE TO
INDICATE NEAR NORMAL TO ABOVE NORMAL CONDITIONS IN PLACE ACROSS MOST
OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THE ONE EXCEPTION REMAINS
ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS...ESPECIALLY ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE
LOWER ARKANSAS RIVER VALLEY...WHERE THE LARGEST SOIL MOISTURE
DEFICITS ARE BEING INDICATED.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA WAS 5.4 DEGREES ABOVE
NORMAL...MAKING IT THE 10TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON RECORD. ALAMOSA
RECEIVED 0.05 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 1.6 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH
THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THIS IS 0.21 INCHES AND 2.2 INCHES BELOW
NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS WAS 1.3 DEGREES
BELOW NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 0.22 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 3.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THIS IS 0.12
INCHES AND 1.5 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE FEBRUARY TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO WAS 1.9 DEGREES BELOW
NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 0.28 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND 4.9 INCHES
OF SNOW THROUGHOUT THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY. THIS IS 0.02 INCHES AND 1.3
INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

HERE ARE A FEW OTHER STATISTICS FOR SELECT 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    0.05/-0.21  0.29/-0.58  5.43/+2.55   10.08/+2.77
COS AIRPORT    0.22/-0.12  0.96/-0.04  6.45/+3.04   19.03/+2.49
PUB AIRPORT    0.28/-0.02  0.76/-0.27  2.61/-0.38    9.72/-2.85
EADS           0.58/+0.13  0.93/-0.24  3.82/-0.04   15.42/-0.26
ORDWAY 21N     0.32/+0.03  0.47/-0.33  1.91/-0.95    6.05/-6.50
LAMAR          0.77/+0.40  1.31/+0.24  4.68/+1.18   14.38/-0.82
CAMPO 7S       0.12/-0.26  0.32/-0.88  4.64/+0.24   11.69/-5.27
WALSH 1W       0.34/-0.11  0.64/-0.85  7.75/+2.64   17.62/-1.54
RUSH 1N        0.52/+0.26  0.99/+0.23  4.54/+1.61   13.05/-1.09
FLORISSANT FB  0.23/-0.24  1.76/+0.30  6.47/+2.11   15.81/-1.07
CANON CITY     0.44/-0.02  1.50/+0.01  7.69/+3.62   14.71/+1.24
RYE 1SW        0.69/-0.44  1.86/-1.89 10.12/+1.91   28.23/+3.12
WESTCLIFFE     0.33/-0.24  0.88/-0.89  6.23/+1.60   11.78/-2.77
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.42/-0.49  1.23/-1.64  4.52/-1.67   14.90/-3.14
TRINIDAD       0.32/-0.26  0.79/-0.88  5.68/+0.60   13.79/-2.52
KIM 15NNE      0.63/+0.14  0.84/-0.82  4.20/-0.62   13.87/-2.97
CRESTONE 2SE   0.39/-0.04  0.96/-0.59  8.50/+3.98   15.27/+2.01
DEL NORTE 2E   0.35/-0.01  0.63/-0.67  4.68/+0.88    8.90/-1.66
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.32/-0.09  1.52/+0.41  4.93/+1.56   11.57/+0.98
CLIMAX         3.17/+1.39  8.52/+2.85 16.29/+5.23   31.68/+7.70

HYDROLOGIC SUMMARY...

STATEWIDE PRECIPITATION THROUGH THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY WAS 130
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AND HELPED TO BOOST THE MARCH 1ST
STATEWIDE SNOWPACK TO 116 PERCENT OF AVERAGE. THIS IS A 9 PERCENT
INCREASE FROM THE FEBRUARY 1ST READING AND IS AN IMPRESSIVE 161
PERCENT OF LAST YEARS STATEWIDE TOTAL AT THIS SAME TIME.

UNFORTUNATELY...THIS PRECIPITATION WAS NOT EVENLY DISTRIBUTED ACROSS
THE STATE...WITH THE NORTHERN AND CENTRAL BASINS CONTINUING TO TRACK
WELL ABOVE AVERAGE CONDITIONS...WHERE AS THE SOUTHERN BASINS CONTINUE
TO SEE BELOW TO WELL BELOW AVERAGE SNOWPACK.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...THE MARCH 1ST SNOWPACK READING WAS AT 109
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS IS A 1 PERCENT INCREASE FROM LAST
MONTHS READING...THOUGH IS AN IMPRESSIVE 162 PERCENT OF THE SNOWPACK
IN PLACE FROM THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. AGAIN...THIS SNOWPACK IS NOT
EVENLY DISTRIBUTED...WITH THE UPPER ARKANSAS SUB BASINS SNOWPACK
RUNNING AT 134 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

THE RIO GRANDE BASIN BENEFITED FROM A FEW EARLY FEBRUARY
STORMS...HOWEVER THE MOISTURE DRIED UP THROUGH THE MIDDLE AND END OF
THE MONTH. CONSEQUENTLY...THE MARCH 1ST SNOWPACK READING FELL TO 79
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS CONTINUES THE DOWNWARD TREND OVER
THE PAST FEW MONTHS...FALLING 3 PERCENT FROM THE FEBRUARY 1ST
READING...THOUGH IS STILL 105 PERCENT OF SNOWPACK IN PLACE FROM THE
SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE LEVELS INCREASED SLIGHTLY OVER THE PAST
MONTH AND WERE AT 90 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...AS OF MARCH 1ST.
STORAGE LEVELS IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN WERE THE LOWEST IN THE STATE AT
60 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...THOUGH IS ABOVE THE 50 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE LEVELS RECORDED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IN THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN...THE MARCH 1ST STORAGE LEVELS WERE AT 68 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AND CONTINUES TO TREND WELL ABOVE THE 52 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE LEVELS RECORDED AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ACROSS NORTHERN
PORTIONS OF THE ARKANSAS BASIN HAVE INCREASED TO ABOVE AVERAGE
OVERALL...WHILE STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE
BASIN REMAIN AT OR BELOW AVERAGE. STREAMFLOW FORECASTS IN THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN REMAIN NEAR TO BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS NORTHERN PORTIONS
OF THE BASIN AND WELL BELOW AVERAGE ACROSS SOUTHERN PORTIONS.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL AND
SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE NEXT WEEK INDICATE BETTER CHANCES OF
ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND BELOW NORMAL PRECIPITATION. THE OUTLOOK
FOR THE REST OF MARCH...APRIL AND MAY INCLUDE EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND PRECIPITATION...SAVE
A SLIGHT TILT TO ABOVE NORMAL TEMPERATURES ACROSS SOUTHWESTERN
COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY APRIL 10TH 2014...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
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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