Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
745 PM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
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745 PM MDT Fri Apr 13 2018

...Severe to Extreme Drought continues to expand across Southern
Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

The month of March came in like a "Lamb" across Colorado, with a warm,
dry and windy weather pattern persisting through most of the month,
especially across Southeastern Colorado. A few weather systems moved
across the area towards the end of the month, however, the greatest
precipitation associated with these systems stayed across northern
portions of the state.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor, issued Thursday April
12th, 2018 has expanded extreme drought (D3) conditions across eastern
Las Animas County, southeastern Otero County and across the southern
half of Bent County. Extreme drought (D3) conditions remain indicated
across the southern half of Prowers County and Baca County. Extreme
drought (D3) conditions have also expanded across South Central
Colorado and now includes southwestern Mineral County, southwestern
through northeastern Conejos County, most of Alamosa County, Costilla
County, southeastern Saguache County, extreme southern Custer County,
and western portions of Huerfano and Las Animas Counties.

Severe drought (D2) conditions have also expanded across Southeast Colorado
and now include most of Pueblo County, eastern El Paso County, and the
rest of the Southeast Plains, including eastern and Huerfano County,
central Las Animas County, Crowley County, Kiowa County and the rest
of Otero, Bent and Prowers Counties. Severe drought (D2) condition
continue to be indicated across southwestern portions of Chaffee
County, the rest of Mineral, Conejos and Saguache Counties, extreme
southern Fremont County, the rest of Custer and Alamosa Counties, as
well as Rio Grande County.

Moderate drought (D1) conditions remain depicted across western Lake
County, the rest of Chaffee and Fremont Counties, as well as Teller
County and Western El Paso County. Abnormally dry (D0) conditions are
indicated across eastern Lake County.

More information about the drought classification can be found at:

droughtmonitor.unl.edu/AboutUSDM/DroughtClassification.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. Over the past month, occasional windy
periods associated with passing weather systems, allowed for several
wildfires to develop and quickly spread across the area. The warm, dry
and windy weather has also prompted area land management agencies to
enact new fire restrictions.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

The very warm and dry late Fall and Winter has helped to dry out soil
moisture across south central and southeast Colorado, with the greatest
deficits being realized across the Southeast Colorado Plains.


HYDROLOGIC...

The April 1st statewide snowpack came in at 68 percent of median and
is only 64 percent of the snowpack available at this same time last
year. The statewide snowpack continues to indicate the best conditions
across northern portions of the state, with rapidly diminishing
conditions across southern portions of the state.

In the Arkansas Basin, April 1st snowpack came in at 55 percent of
median, and is only 46 percent of the available snowpack at this same
time last year. As with the state as a whole, there remain big
differences in the distribution of said snowpack, with the northern
portions of the Arkansas Basin coming in at 75 percent of median,
while the southern portions of the basin are running around 20 percent
of median.

In the Rio Grande Basin, April 1st snowpack came in at 48 percent of
median, which is only 43 percent of last years snowpack at this same
time.

Water storage across the state at the end of March remained around
114 percent of average overall, as compared to 110 percent of average
storage available at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, end of March storage was at 131 percent of
average overall, as compared to 101 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year. Reservoir storage in the
Arkansas Basin remains the highest in the state.

In the Rio Grande Basin, end of March storage was around 119 percent
of average overall, as compared to 99 percent of average storage
available at this same time last year.

With below to well below median snowpack, especially over Southern
Colorado, streamflow forecasts for the Spring and Summer continue to
be below average statewide. Near average to below average flows are
projected across northern portions of the state, with below to well
below average flows across the southern half of the state.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the past month of March
was 1.1 degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded 0.15 inches of precipitation
and 1.8 inches of snow through out the month of March, which is 0.38 inches
and 3.2 inches below normal, respectively.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the past month
of March was 3.6 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs recorded 0.60
inches of precipitation and 3.1 inches of snow through out the month
of March, which is 0.40 inches and 5.0 inches below normal, respectively.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the past month of March
was 3.1 degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.06 inches of precipitation
through out the month of March. This is 0.87 inches below normal, and
makes March of 2018 the 6th driest March on record in Pueblo. Pueblo
recorded a trace of snow through out the month of March. This 5.7 inches
below normal, and makes March of 2018 tied with 5 other years, as the
2nd least snowiest March on record.

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    0.15/-0.38  0.46/-0.59  0.72/-1.78   8.87/+1.47
COS Airport    0.60/-0.40  1.16/-0.50  1.55/-1.67  18.77/+2.23
PUB Airport    0.06/-0.87  0.87/-0.71  1.40/-1.75  14.99/+2.42

Eads           0.31/-0.62  0.76/-0.96  1.06/-2.71  20.81/+5.13
Lamar          0.28/-0.56  0.42/-1.09  0.50/-2.59  21.05/+5.85
Campo 7S       0.04/-0.96  0.12/-1.61  0.25/-3.77  25.83/+8.87
Walsh 1W       0.28/-0.84  0.48/-1.57  1.65/-3.11  27.58/+8.37
Kim 15NNE      0.43/-0.85  1.36/-0.95  2.09/-2.71  24.54/+7.70
Florissant     0.40/-0.78  1.03/-1.10  2.09/-2.12  16.69/-0.19
Canon City     0.30/-0.84  1.29/-0.80  2.31/-1.87  15.55/+2.08
Rye 1SW        1.06/-1.47  2.57/-2.44  5.12/-3.83  30.03/+7.80
Westcliffe     0.36/-0.85  1.30/-1.10  2.11/-2.84  14.43/-0.12
Walsenburg 1NW 0.67/-1.29  1.96/-1.75  3.71/-3.51  24.31/+6.27
Trinidad       0.67/-0.49  1.52/-0.74  1.13/-3.78  18.27/+1.96
Crestone 2SE   0.23/-0.89  0.68/-1.46  1.10/-3.22  11.58/-1.68
Del Norte 2E   0.60/-0.23  1.10/-0.48  2.08/-1.45   9.14/-1.42
Buena Vista 2S 0.24/-0.46  0.52/-0.89  1.97/-1.10   9.20/-1.39
Climax         1.94/-0.32  6.29/+0.34 11.78/+0.17  24.27/+0.29


PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...Updated

ThE Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the next week
indicates equal chances for above, below and near normal
temperatures and precipitation across South Central and Southeast
Colorado. The outlook for rest of April, May and June continues
to indicate a better chances for warmer than normal temperatures
and below normal precipitation across the region.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by May 11th, 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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