Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
647 AM MST THU JAN 15 2015

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-171400-
647 AM MST THU JAN 15 2015

...DROUGHT PERSISTS ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO...

SYNOPSIS...

DECEMBER OF 2014 WAS ANOTHER MONTH OF TEMPERATURE EXTREMES ACROSS
SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...WITH AT TO WELL ABOVE SEASONAL
TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCED THROUGH THE FIRST 25 DAYS OF THE MONTH. A
STRONG ARCTIC AIRMASS THEN INVADED EASTERN COLORADO...WITH WELL BELOW
SEASONAL TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCED ACROSS THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS AND
AT OR SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES EXPERIENCED ACROSS SOUTH
CENTRAL COLORADO THROUGH THE REST OF THE MONTH. AS FOR PRECIPITATION...NEAR
TO SLIGHTLY BELOW NORMAL READINGS WAS EXPERIENCED ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO...SAVE FOR AREAS ALONG THE CONTINENTAL
DIVIDE AND PORTIONS OF THE SOUTHEAST PLAINS...WHICH SAW ABOVE NORMAL
PRECIPITATION FOR THE MONTH AS A WHOLE.

THE CURRENT DROUGHT MONITOR SHOWS LITTLE CHANGE IN CURRENT CONDITIONS
WITH SEVERE DROUGHT (D2) CONDITIONS REMAINING IN PLACE ACROSS THE EASTERN
2/3RDS OF CROWLEY COUNTY...EASTERN OTERO COUNTY...THE EASTERN 2/3RDS
OF LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...AND ALL OF KIOWA...BENT...PROWERS AND BACA COUNTIES.

MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS CONTINUE TO BE DEPICTED ACROSS WESTERN
LAS ANIMAS COUNTY...SOUTHEASTERN PUEBLO COUNTY...AND THE REST OF OTERO
AND CROWLEY COUNTIES. MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ARE ALSO INDICATED
ACROSS SOUTHERN SAGUACHE COUNTY...EASTERN MINERAL COUNTY...RIO GRANDE
COUNTY...CONEJOS COUNTY...MOST OF ALAMOSA COUNTY AND WESTERN COSTILLA
COUNTY.

ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS CONTINUE ACROSS EXTREME WESTERN LAS
ANIMAS COUNTY...MOST OF HUERFANO COUNTY...CENTRAL PUEBLO COUNTY AND
EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN EL PASO COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
ARE ALSO DEPICTED ACROSS CENTRAL SAGUACHE COUNTY...MOST OF THE REST
OF MINERAL COUNTY...AS WELL AS EASTERN ALAMOSA COUNTY AND THE REST
OF COSTILLA COUNTY.

DROUGHT FREE CONDITIONS REMAIN INDICATED ACROSS THE REST OF SOUTH
CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO. THIS INCLUDES THE REST OF EL
PASO...PUEBLO...HUERFANO...SAGUACHE AND MINERAL COUNTIES...AS WELL
AS ALL OF LAKE...CHAFFEE...FREMONT...TELLER AND CUSTER COUNTIES.

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 RATINGS REMAIN MODERATE TO HIGH FOR AREAS WITHOUT SNOW
COVER...WITH CURED FUELS AND OCCASIONAL WINDY WEATHER ASSOCIATED
WITH THE WINTER SEASON.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

CPC AND VIC SOIL MOISTURE CALCULATIONS CONTINUE TO INDICATE NEAR
NORMAL CONDITIONS ACROSS MOST OF SOUTH CENTRAL AND SOUTHEAST
COLORADO...WITH SLIGHTLY DRIER CONDITIONS BEING INDICATED ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE SAN LUIS VALLEY AND THE FAR SOUTHEAST PLAINS.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE FIRST WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT OF THE YEAR INDICATED JANUARY
1ST STATEWIDE SNOW PACK WAS AT 99 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. SNOW PACK
DISTRIBUTION...HOWEVER...WAS NOT UNIFORM ACROSS THE STATE WITH
SOUTHERN BASINS INDICATING LOWER THAN AVERAGE SNOW PACK ON
JANUARY 1ST...WHERE AS THE NORTHERN BASINS SNOWPACK WAS AT OR
ABOVE NORMAL.

JANUARY 1ST SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN WAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST IN
THE STATE...RUNNING AT 114 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO
100 PERCENT OF NORMAL SNOW PACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SNOW
PACK IN THE UPPER PORTIONS OF THE BASIN WAS AT 146 PERCENT OF
NORMAL ON JANUARY 1ST...WITH SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF THE BASIN
INDICATING SNOW PACK BETWEEN 50 AND 80 PERCENT OF NORMAL.

JANUARY 1ST SNOW PACK IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN WAS THE LOWEST IN
THE STATE...RUNNING AT 71 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO
77 PERCENT OF NORMAL SNOW PACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IF
PRECIPITATION IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN DOES NOT PICK OVER THE NEXT
FEW MONTHS...THEY MAY BE LOOKING AT A 5TH CONSECUTIVE YEAR OF
BELOW NORMAL SNOW PACK AND SEASONAL STREAMFLOW RUNOFF.

STATEWIDE RESERVOIR STORAGE REMAINED IN GOOD SHAPE AT THE END OF DECEMBER
WITH STORAGE TOTALS RUNNING AT 103 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS ON JANUARY 1ST WERE AT 79 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 59 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL AT THIS
SAME TIME LAST YEAR. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...STORAGE LEVELS ON JANUARY
1ST WERE AT 67 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...COMPARED TO 61 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. STORAGE LEVELS IN THE RIO
GRANDE BASIN REMAIN THE LOWEST IN THE STATE.

CURRENT LATE SPRING AND EARLY SUMMER STREAMFLOW RUNOFF FORECASTS
ACROSS THE ARKANSAS BASIN RANGE FROM 119 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR
CHALK CREEK NEAR NATHROP...TO 82 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE CUCHARAS
RIVER NEAR LA VETA. IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...THE CURRENT STREAMFLOW
RUNOFF FORECASTS RANGES FROM 109 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR SAGUACHE
CREEK NEAR SAGUACHE...TO 56 PERCENT OF AVERAGE FOR THE SAN ANTONIO
RIVER AT ORITZ.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WAS 4.6
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING DECEMBER OF 2014 THE 18TH WARMEST
DECEMBER ON RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA RECEIVED 0.21 INCHES OF
PRECIPITATION AND 2.4 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT DECEMBER...WHICH
IS 0.14 INCHES AND 1.2 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER
WAS 1.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECEIVED 0.16 INCHES
OF PRECIPITATION AND 3.7 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT DECEMBER...WHICH
IS 0.18 INCHES AND 2.0 INCHES BELOW NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO FOR THE MONTH OF DECEMBER WAS 0.2
DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. PUEBLO RECEIVED 0.24 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 3.2 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT DECEMBER...WHICH IS 0.14
INCHES AND 1.8 INCHES BELOW 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    0.21/-0.14  1.25/-0.20  3.71/-0.89   5.54/-1.77
COS AIRPORT    0.16/-0.18  3.38/+1.82 10.96/+2.03  17.04/+0.50
PUB AIRPORT    0.24/-0.14  1.61/+0.04  6.77/+0.05  11.83/-0.74

EADS           1.15/+0.77  3.25/+1.20 15.23/+7.20  19.66/+3.98
LAMAR          0.43/+0.03  1.63/+0.05 11.09/+3.09  16.52/+1.32
WALSH 1W       1.49/+0.93  3.27/+0.56  9.49/-1.15  16.05/-3.11
CAMPO 7S       0.75/+0.28  1.80/-0.49 10.36/+1.02  13.96/-3.00
ORDWAY 21N     0.06/-0.19  0.94/-0.42  4.74/-2.19   7.70/-4.85
LAS ANIMAS     0.18/-0.19  1.50/-0.37  6.44/-0.51  10.61/-3.12
KIM 15NNE      1.43/+0.80  5.14/+2.65 15.05/+6.05  19.58/+2.74
FLORISSANT     0.55/+0.04  1.60/-0.48 11.39/+1.74  17.35/+0.47
CANON CITY     0.44/-0.10  1.90/-0.19  5.36/-1.96  11.24/-2.23
RYE 1SW        0.99/-0.28  4.30/+0.36 17.29/+5.22  27.96/+2.85
WESTCLIFFE     0.47/-0.11  1.68/-0.87  9.04/+0.86  15.90/+1.35
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.95/-0.17  3.62/+0.11 13.02/+4.23  19.45/+1.41
TRINIDAD       0.84/+0.27  2.28/-0.37  7.53/-1.81  14.42/-1.89
CRESTONE 2SE   1.49/+0.96  2.58/+0.67 10.17/+2.19  14.33/+1.07
DEL NORTE 2E   0.25/-0.30  1.26/-0.69  4.87/-1.07   6.98/-3.58
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.58/+0.18  2.24/+0.58  6.56/+0.33   9.30/-1.29
CLIMAX         2.92/+0.94  8.55/+2.89 16.91/+4.61  32.81/+8.83

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

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

THE CPC SEASONAL DROUGHT OUTLOOK VALID THROUGH MARCH 31ST...INDICATES
DROUGHT CONDITIONS REMAINING ACROSS SOUTHERN AND SOUTHEASTERN COLORADO.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY MONDAY FEBRUARY 9TH 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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