Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
730 PM MST Thu Jan 11 2018

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
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730 PM MST Thu Jan 11 2018

...Moderate to Severe Drought expands across Southern Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

After a relatively wet late Summer and early Fall, especially across
southeastern Colorado, a very warm and dry late Fall and early Winter
has brought on moderate to severe drought conditions to much of the
area.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday January
11th, 2018, has introduced severe drought (D2) conditions to Mineral
County, as well as extreme southwestern portions of Saguache County,
western portions of Rio Grande County and extreme northwestern
portions of Conejos County. Moderate drought (D1) conditions have
expanded across most of the rest of south central and southeast
Colorado including the rest of Saugache, Rio Grande and Conejos
counties, as well as Alamosa County, Custer County and Costilla
County. Moderate (D1) conditions are also depicted across most of
Teller County and eastern Fremont County, as well as all of El Paso,
Pueblo, Huerfano, La Animas, Crowley, Otero, Kiowa, Bent, Prowers and
Baca Counties.

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu/aboutus/classificationscheme.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Warm and dry conditions across the region over the past several
months, combined with abundant cured fuels, has allowed for moderate
to high fire danger to develop and persist across much of south
central and southeast Colorado.

The latest information on fire bans and restrictions can be found at:

www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

AGRICULTURAL...

Despite a wet Spring and late Summer, especially across the southeast
plains, the very warm and dry late Fall and early Winter has helped
to dry out soil moisture across all of south central and southeast
Colorado. The very warm and dry late Fall and early Winter also has
hurt winter wheat crops across southeast Colorado.

HYDROLOGIC...

According to the Colorado State Office of the National Resources
Conservation Service (NRCS), the start of the 2018 water year has been
one of the driest on record for Colorado.

The January 1st statewide snowpack came in at only 54 percent of
median and is only 49 percent of the available snowpack at this same
time last year. This is due to at late season storm that brought
abundant snowfall to northern Front Range.

In the Arkansas Basin, January 1st snowpack came in at only 48 percent
of median, and is only 44 percent of the available snowpack at this
same time last year. There are also big differences in the distribution
of said snowpack, with the northern portions of the basin coming in
at 81 percent of normal, while the southern portions of the basin
running between 15 and 20 percent of normal.

In the Rio Grande Basin, January 1st snowpack came in at only 29
percent of median, and is only 28 percent of last years snowpack at
this same time.

Water storage across the state at the end of December was at 115
percent of average overall, as compared to 105 percent of average
storage available at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, end of December storage was at 143 percent of
average overall, as compared to 101 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, end of December storage was at 123 percent
of average overall, as compared to 86 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the past month of
December was 7.6 degrees above normal, making December of 2017 the
5th warmest December on record in Alamosa. Alamosa recorded 0.14
inches of precipitation and 1.3 inches of snow through out the month
of December, which is 0.21 inches and 3.2 inches below normal,
respectively.

The average temperature in Alamosa through the Fall of 2017 (September,
October and November) was 4 degrees above normal, making the Fall of
2017 the 2nd warmest Fall on record. Alamosa recorded 1.86 inches of
precipitation through out the Fall of 2017, which is 0.15 inches below
normal. Of note, just under 95 percent (1.75 inches) of the seasonal
precipitation fell in September.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the past month
of December was 3.6 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs recorded
0.01 inches of precipitation through out the month of December. This
is 0.33 inches below normal and makes December of 2017 the 6th driest
December on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs recorded 0.9
inches of snow through out the month of December, which is 4.8 inches
below normal.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through the Fall of 2017
(September, October and November) was 3.5 degrees above normal,
making the Fall of 2017 the 5th warmest Fall on record. Colorado
Springs recorded 3.15 inches of precipitation through out the Fall of
2017, which is 0.74 inches above normal. Of note, 88 percent (2.77
inches) of the seasonal precipitation fell in September.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the past month of
December was 2.8 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.01 inches of
precipitation through out the month of December. This is 0.37 inches
below normal and makes December of 2017 the 9th driest December on
record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded 0.6 inches of snow through out the
month of December, which is 4.9 inches below normal.

The average temperature in Pueblo the Fall of 2017 (September, October
and November) was 3.2 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 1.72 inches
of precipitation through out the Fall of 2017, which is 0.24 inches
below normal. Of note, 70 percent (1.20 inches) of the seasonal
precipitation fell in September.

Here are a few other statistics for select south central and southeast
Colorado locations, indicating observed precipitation totals and
departure from normals for the past month, past 3 months, past 6
months and past 365 days:

...............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    0.14/-0.21  0.26/-1.19  6.26/+1.66  10.70/+3.39
COS Airport    0.01/-0.33  0.39/-1.17 11.82/+2.89  18.44/+1.90
PUB Airport    0.01/-0.37  0.53/-1.04  5.36/-1.36  15.99/+3.42

Lamar          0.05/-0.35  0.08/-1.50 13.13/+5.13  21.81/+6.61
Campo 7S       0.04/-0.43  0.13/-2.16 15.18/+5.84  27.46/+10.50
Walsh 1W       0.06/-0.50  1.17/-1.54 14.51/+3.87  29.22/+10.06
Kim 15NNE      0.11/-0.52  0.73/-1.78 13.11/+4.11  26.05/+9.21
Florissant     0.27/-0.24  1.06/-1.02 11.94/+2/29  16.66/-0.22
Canon City     0.18/-0.36  1.02/-1.07  9.44/+2.12  15.48/+2.01
Rye 1SW        0.29/-0.92  2.55/-1.39 13.53/+1.46  33.93/+8.82
Westcliffe     0.04/-0.54  0.81/-1.74  7.82/-0.36  15.54/+0.99
Walsenburg 1NW 0.10/-1.02  1.75/-1.76  9.93/+1.14  27.76/+9.72
Trinidad       0.02/-0.55  1.12/-1.52 11.73/+2.39  22.46/+6.15
Crestone 2SE   0.11/-0.42  0.42/-1.76  8.17/+0.19  14.03/+0.77
Del Norte 2E   0.11/-0.44  0.98/-0.97  5.81/-0.76  10.01/-0.55
Buena Vista 2S 0.22/-0.18  1.45/-0.21  6.26/+0.03  10.42/-0.17
Climax         2.02/+0.04  5.49/-0.17 13.16/+0.86  26.67/+2.69

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

ThE Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook across south central and
southeast Colorado for the next two weeks indicates better chances
for above normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. The
outlook for rest of January, February and March indicate a slight nod
to warmer than normal temperatures and below normal precipitation.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by February 15th, 2018, or sooner if
necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional informations on current drought conditions may be found at:

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu

www.weather.gov/pub/localdroughtmonitor

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...

The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving The National
Drought Mitigation Center, NOAA`s National Weather Service, The USDA
and state and regional center climatologists. Information for this
statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites,
Colorado 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 Forest Office
3 Eaton Way
Pueblo, Colorado 81007
Phone: 719-948-9429

or

w-pub.webmaster@noaa.gov

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