Drought Information Statement
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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE PUEBLO CO
1055 PM MDT THU MAR 24 2016

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
099-101-105-109-119-270500-
1055 PM MDT THU MAR 24 2016

...MODERATE DROUGHT CONDITIONS DEVELOP ACROSS THE FAR SOUTHEAST
COLORADO PLAINS...

SYNOPSIS...UPDATED

THE SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS EXPERIENCED A GENERALLY WARM AND DRY
JANUARY AND A VERY WARM AND DRY FEBRUARY. THIS...COUPLED WITH A
VERY WARM AND DRY MARCH TO DATE...HAS PROMPTED THE US DROUGHT
MONITOR TO INTRODUCE MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS ACROSS
PORTIONS OF THE FAR SOUTHEAST COLORADO PLAINS. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0)
CONDITIONS HAVE ALSO EXPANDED WESTWARD ACROSS THE REST OF THE
SOUTHEAST PLAINS AND SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF SOUTH CENTRAL COLORADO.

WITH THAT SAID...THE LATEST US DROUGHT MONITOR...ISSUED THURSDAY
MARCH 24TH 2016...IS INDICATING MODERATE DROUGHT (D1) CONDITIONS
ACROSS MOST OF BACA COUNTY...EXTREME SOUTHEASTERN BENT COUNTY AND
SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF PROWERS COUNTY. ABNORMALLY DRY (D0) CONDITIONS
REMAIN ACROSS THE REST OF BACA...BENT AND PROWERS COUNTIES...AS
WELL AS KIOWA COUNTY...CROWLEY COUNTY AND OTERO COUNTY. ABNORMALLY
DRY (D0) CONDITIONS ARE NOW DEPICTED ACROSS MOST OF EL PASO
COUNTY...EXTREME EASTERN FREMONT COUNTY...ALL OF PUEBLO...HUERFANO
AND LAS ANIMAS COUNTIES...AS WELL AS SOUTHERN PORTIONS OF COSTILLA
COUNTY...SOUTHERN AND WESTERN PORTIONS OF CONEJOS COUNTY...EXTREME
SOUTHWESTERN RIO GRANDE COUNTY AND SOUTHERN MINERAL 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...

THE WARM...GENERALLY DRY AND OCCASIONALLY WINDY WEATHER EXPERIENCED
OVER THE PAST FEW MONTHS HAS ALSO HELPED TO INCREASE THE FIRE
DANGER ACROSS THE EASTERN PLAINS. SEVERAL GENERALLY SMALL WILDFIRES
HAD TO BE EXTINGUISHED ACROSS SOUTHEAST COLORADO OVER THE PAST
MONTH.

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

AGRICULTURAL...

THE USDA WILL START ISSUING THE WEEKLY COLORADO CROP REPORT IN THE
SPRING OF 2016.

HYDROLOGIC...

THE MARCH COLORADO WATER SUPPLY OUTLOOK REPORT INDICATED STATEWIDE
MOUNTAIN PRECIPITATION TOTALS AT THE END OF FEBRUARY CAME AT ONLY
56 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS THE LOWEST FEBRUARY TOTALS
IN MORE THAN 30 YEARS.

IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN...FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT
73 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS DOWN TO 98 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

IN THE RIO GRANDE BASIN...FEBRUARY PRECIPITATION TOTALS CAME IN AT
51 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...BRINGING 2016 WATER YEAR PRECIPITATION
TOTALS DOWN TO 94 PERCENT OF AVERAGE.

MARCH 1ST STATEWIDE SNOWPACK DROPPED 13 PERCENT TO 99 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...THOUGH IS STILL 112 PERCENT OF THE STATEWIDE
SNOWPACK AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

MARCH 1ST SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN CAME IN AT 102 PERCENT
OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 102 PERCENT OF THE BASIN SNOWPACK
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR. SNOWPACK IN THE ARKANSAS BASIN
REMAINS ONE THE HIGHEST IN THE STATE.

SNOWPACK IN THE UPPER RIO GRANDE BASIN ON MARCH 1ST CAME IN AT 98
PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL...WHICH IS 131 PERCENT OF THE BASIN SNOWPACK
AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

RESERVOIR STORAGE ACROSS THE STATE AT THE END OF FEBRUARY REMAINED
AROUND 110 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL.

AT THE END OF FEBRUARY...THE ARKANSAS BASIN CONTINUED TO HAVE THE
HIGHEST PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE IN THE STATE AT 124 PERCENT OF
AVERAGE OVERALL...AND REMAINS WELL ABOVE THE 80 PERCENT OF AVERAGE
STORAGE AVAILABLE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST YEAR.

AT THE END OF FEBRUARY...THE RIO GRANDE BASIN REMAINED THE ONLY
MAJOR RIVER BASIN WITH BELOW AVERAGE STORAGE LEVELS COMING IN AT
93 PERCENT OF AVERAGE OVERALL. THIS...HOWEVER...REMAINS WELL
ABOVE THE 72 PERCENT OF AVERAGE STORAGE AT THIS SAME TIME LAST
YEAR.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN ALAMOSA THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF
FEBRUARY WAS 5.7 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING FEBRUARY OF 2016
TIED WITH FEBRUARY OF 1958...AS THE 12TH WARMEST FEBRUARY ON
RECORD IN ALAMOSA. ALAMOSA RECORDED 0.40 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION
AND 4.1 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT FEBRUARY...WHICH IS 0.14 INCHES
AND 0.3 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL...RESPECTIVELY.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN COLORADO SPRINGS THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH
OF FEBRUARY WAS 4.9 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED
1.00 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION THROUGH OUT JANUARY. THIS IS 0.66 INCHES
ABOVE NORMAL AND MAKES FEBRUARY OF 2016 THE 10TH WETTEST FEBRUARY ON
RECORD. COLORADO SPRINGS RECORDED 10.6 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT
THE MONTH OF FEBRUARY...WHICH IS 5.2 INCHES ABOVE NORMAL.

THE AVERAGE TEMPERATURE IN PUEBLO THROUGH OUT THE PAST MONTH OF FEBRUARY
WAS 6.6 DEGREES ABOVE NORMAL...MAKING FEBRUARY OF 2016 THE 10TH WARMEST
FEBRUARY ON RECORD. PUEBLO RECORDED 0.33 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND
5.8 INCHES OF SNOW THROUGH OUT FEBRUARY...WHICH IS 0.03 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    0.40/+0.14  1.23/+0.36  3.43/+0.55   9.16/+1.85
COS AIRPORT    1.00/+0.66  1.79/+0.79  3.97/+0.56  24.47/+7.93
PUB AIRPORT    0.33/+0.03  1.26/+0.23  2.50/-0.49  16.14/+3.57

EADS           0.22/-0.23  0.28/-0.89  3.56/-0.21  18.33/+2.65
LAMAR          0.14/-0.23  0.38/-0.69  4.22/+0.72  22.52/+7.32
WALSH 1W       0.34/-0.11  1.32/-0.17  6.85/+1.74  23.63/+4.47
CAMPO 7S       0.04/-0.34  0.30/-0.90  6.11/+1.71  19.62/+2.66
KIM 15NNE      0.63/+0.14  1.97/+0.31  6.97/+2.15  17.41/+0.57
FLORISSANT FB  0.51/+0.04  1.47/+0.01  3.58/-0.78  21.70/+4.82
CANON CITY     0.58/+0.12  1.18/-0.31  2.89/-1.18  20.72/+7.25
RYE 1SW        1.43/+0.30  3.06/-0.69  7.56/-0.65  32.49/+7.38
WESTCLIFFE     0.60/+0.03  1.41/-0.36  2.88/-1.75  14.79/+0.24
WALSENBURG 1NW 0.46/-0.45  1.35/-1.52  4.45/-1.74  18.77/+0.73
TRINIDAD       0.35/-0.23  1.16/-0.51  6.36/+1.28  20.33/+4.02
CRESTONE 2SE   0.75/+0.32  2.02/+0.47  4.51/-0.01  16.31/+3.05
DEL NORTE 2E   0.39/+0.03  1.51/+0.21  3.55/-0.33  10.57/+0.01
BUENA VISTA 2S 0.69/+0.28  1.65/+0.54  3.90/+0.51  14.68/+4.09
CLIMAX         1.47/-0.31  5.73/+0.06 10.97/-0.09  25.84/+1.86

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...UPDATED

THE CLIMATE PREDICTION CENTERS (CPC) OUTLOOK ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL
AND SOUTHEAST COLORADO FOR THE NEXT WEEK INDICATES BETTER CHANCES
FOR BELOW NORMAL TEMPERATURES AND NEAR NORMAL PRECIPITATION...SAVE
A SLIGHT NOD TO ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS SOUTHWEST COLORADO.
THE OUTLOOK FOR APRIL...MAY AND JUNE INDICATE EQUAL CHANCES OF
ABOVE...BELOW AND NEAR NORMAL TEMPERATURES ALONG WITH BETTER CHANCES
OF ABOVE NORMAL PRECIPITATION ACROSS THE AREA.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

THIS PRODUCT WILL BE UPDATED BY THURSDAY APRIL 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
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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