Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Pueblo, CO

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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT...CORRECTED
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
633 PM MDT Thu May 16 2019

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
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633 PM MDT Thu May 16 2019

...Drought Conditions Continue to Diminish Across South Central
and Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...Updated

An unseasonably cold weather system which moved across Colorado last
week brought rain and higher elevation snow to much of the area,
especially the southern mountains, where 1 to 3 inches of liquid
precipitation was recorded. This abundant precipitation has helped to
erase more of the drought which has had its grip on the Colorado for
more than a year.

With that said, the latest Drought Monitor, issued Thursday May 16th
2019, has removed Moderate Drought (D1) conditions across all of
Colorado, leaving 11 percent of the state classified as Abnormally Dry
(D0) and 89 percent of Colorado as Drought Free. The last time this
much of Colorado was classified as Drought Free was August 22nd, 2017,
when 84 percent of the state was free of drought and 16 percent of
Colorado was Abnormally Dry (D0).

Across south central and southeast Colorado, the latest US Drought Monitor
has removed drought conditions across portions of the eastern San Juan
and Sangre de Cristo Mountains, with Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions now
confined to western portions of Conejos County, extreme southeastern
Costilla County, western portions of Las Animas County, the eastern
two thirds of Huerfano County, eastern portions of Custer County,
most of Pueblo County, extreme southwestern portions of Otero County,
southeastern and north central portions of Fremont County, extreme
southwestern portions of El Paso County, and northeastern through
southwestern portions of Teller County.

Drought free conditions are indicated across the rest of south central and
southeast Colorado, which includes Lake County, Chaffee County, Saguache
County, Mineral County, Rio Grande County, the rest of Conejos County,
Alamosa County, most of Costilla County, southeastern portions of Teller
County, northeastern and southwestern portions of Fremont County, most of
El Paso County, northeastern Pueblo County, Crowley County, most of Otero
County, eastern portions of Las Animas County, Kiowa County, Bent County,
Prowers County and Baca County.

More information about the drought classification can be found at:

droughtmonitor.unl.edu/AboutUSDM/DroughtClassification.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Abundant Fall, Winter and early Spring precipitation has helped to ease fire
danger across south central and southeast Colorado, with snow cover still in
place across much of the higher terrain, along with most of the southeast
Plains in greenup at this time.

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

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

AGRICULTURAL...

At or above normal precipitation over the last 6 months across most of
south central and southeast Colorado has helped to improve soil moisture,
especially across southeastern and southwestern portions of the state,
where the latest Vic Soil Moisture data is indicating surplus soil moisture
at this time.

HYDROLOGIC...

The May 1st Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report indicated statewide
precipitation for the month of April came in at 90 percent of average,
bringing statewide 2019 Water Year precipitation to 118 percent of average
overall.

In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated April precipitation was 85 percent
of average, which brings water year to date precipitation down to 113 percent
of average overall.

In the Rio Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated April precipitation was 76 percent
of average, which brings water year to date precipitation down to 118 percent
of average overall.

Colorado NRCS data indicated statewide snowpack at the end of April was at 123
percent of average overall, which is 211 percent of the available snowpack at
this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated the May 1st snowpack was at 127
percent of average overall, which is 261 percent of the available snowpack
at this same time last year. Again, in stark contrast to last year, the
northern and southern portions of the Arkansas Basin are both above normal
levels. The Upper Arkansas Sub-Basin came in at 137 percent of average overall
at the end of April, as compared to the 73 percent of average snowpack at
this time last year. The Cucharas and Huerfano Sub-Basin came in at 103
percent of average overall at the end of April, as compared to 6 percent
of average snowpack at this same time last year. The Purgatoire Sub-Basin
came in at 205 percent overall at the end of April, as compared to zero
percent of average snowpack at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated the May 1st snowpack was at 124
percent of average overall, which is 1,079 percent of the available snowpack
at this same time last year.

NRCS data also indicated statewide water storage was at 90 percent of average
overall at the end of April, as compared to 111 percent of average storage
available statewide at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of April came in at 92 percent
of average, as compared to 129 percent of average storage available at this
same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of April came in at 79 percent
of average, as compared to 115 percent of average storage available at this
same time last year.

The May 1st report also stated that with runoff season upon us, volumetric
forecasts remain above normal for most of Colorado`s major streams.

In the Arkansas Basin, current streamflow forecasts range from 97 percent of
average for Grape Creek near Westcliffe, to 138 percent of average for the
Arkansas River at Salida.

In the Rio Grande Basin, current streamflow forecasts range from 109 percent
of average for Culebra Creek at San Luis, to 150 percent of average for
the Rio Grande River at Wagon Wheel Gap.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa through out the month of April was 2.3
degrees above normal. Alamosa recorded 0.80 inches of precipitation through
out the month of April, which is 0.21 inches above normal. Alamosa recorded
1.2 inches of snow through out the month of April, which is 2.4 inches below
normal. The 1.2 inches of snow recorded in April brings the 2018-19 snowfall
tally in Alamosa to 48.6 inches. This is 21.9 inches above the seasonal
average and makes the 2018-19 snowfall season the 9th snowiest on record
in Alamosa.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs through out the month of April
was 3.0 degrees above normal. Colorado Springs recorded 1.04 inches of
precipitation and 5.4 inches of snow through out April, which is 0.38 inches
below normal and 0.5 inches above normal, respectively. The 5.4 inches of
snow recorded through the month of April brings the 2018-19 snowfall tally
in Colorado Springs to been 31.1 inches, which is 5.9 inches below the
seasonal average.

The average temperature in Pueblo through out the month of April was 3.3
degrees above normal. Pueblo recorded 0.07 inches of precipitation through
out April. This is 1.33 inches below normal and makes April of 2019, tied
with April of 1927, as the 6th driest April on record in Pueblo. Pueblo
recorded only a trace of snow through out the month of April. This is
3.8 inches below normal and makes April of 2019 tied as the 12th least
snowiest April on record in Pueblo. The trace of snow recorded in April
keeps the 2018-19 snowfall tally in Pueblo at 17.0 inches, which is 14.3
inches below the seasonal average. This also makes the 2018-19 snowfall
season tied as the 12th least snowiest on record in Pueblo.

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    0.80/+0.21  2.59/+1.21  4.24/+1.83   8.87/+1.56
COS Airport    1.04/-0.38  2.55/-0.21  3.21/-0.61  15.99/-0.55
PUB Airport    0.07/-1.33  1.64/-0.99  2.58/-1.25   8.52/-4.05

Eads           0.12/-1.32  2.05/-0.77  2.81/-1.19  13.36/-2.32
Lamar          0.19/-1.13  1.83/-0.70  2.83/-0.78  13.95/-1.25
Campo 7S       0.16/-1.17  1.62/-1.09  2.76/-1.21  20.99/+4.03
Walsh 1W       0.26/-1.30  3.97/+0.84  6.41/+1.65  24.65/+5.49
Kim 15NNE      0.39/-1.32  2.73/-0.75  5.61/+0.21  16.35/-0.49
Canon City     0.75/-0.78  2.20/-0.93  3.96/-0.85  12.34/-1.13
Rye 1SW        2.84/-0.10  5.21/-1.39 10.31/-0.11  21.64/-3.47
Westcliffe     1.45/-0.13  3.81/+0.45  5.19/-0.36  11.28/-3.27
Walsenburg 1NW 1.36/-0.82  2.64/-2.41  6.01/-2.11  15.19/-2.85
Trinidad       1.11/-0.17  2.73/-0.29  4.50/-0.43  10.87/-5.44
Crestone 2SE   0.71/-0.41  4.05/+1.38  5.67/+1.22  11.37/-1.89
Del Norte 2E   1.27/+0.44  3.52/+1.50  4.95/+1.42  10.83/+0.27
Buena Vista 2S 0.73/-0.27  3.06/+0.95  4.25/+1.04   8.63/-1.96
Climax         3.82/+1.34 11.19/+4.71 18.63/+6.25  27.02/+3.04

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the two next weeks
indicates better chances of below normal temperatures and above normal
precipitation across south central and southeast Colorado. The outlook
for rest May, June and July gives equal chances for above, below and
near normal temperatures across south central Colorado, with a slight
nod to below normal temperatures for southeast Colorado. As for
precipitation, the outlook gives better chances for above normal
precipitation across all of south central and southeast Colorado.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Thursday June 13th, 2019, or sooner
if necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

&&

RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional informations on current drought conditions may be found at:

www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu

www.weather.gov/pub/

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 NRCS, 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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