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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
National Weather Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
1008 PM MDT Thu Sep 15 2022

COC003-009-011-015-021-023-025-027-041-043-055-061-065-071-079-089-
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1008 PM MDT Thu Sep 15 2022

...Improvements in Drought Conditions continue across South Central and
Southeast Colorado...

SYNOPSIS...

The North American Monsoon remained active across south central and
southeast Colorado through out the month of August, bringing periods
of abundant moisture and bouts of heavy rainfall across the region.

With that said, the latest US Drought Monitor issued Thursday, September
15th 2022, continues to expand drought free conditions across the area.
Drought free areas now include extreme eastern Lake County, the eastern
half of Chaffee County, the western 2/3rds of Fremont County, Teller
County, as well as most of Custer and Huerfano Counties, extreme
northeastern Costilla County, northern portions of Las Animas County
and southern Otero County into central Bent County.

Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions are now indicated across the rest of Lake
and Chaffee Counties, Saguache County, Mineral County, Rio Grande County,
Alamosa County, Conejos County and most of Costilla County. Abnormally Dry
(D0) conditions are also depicted across eastern Fremont County, western
El Paso County, Pueblo County, extreme northeastern Custer County, extreme
northeastern Huerfano County, extreme north central and southwestern into
northeastern Las Animas County, most of Baca County, the rest of Powers
County, Kiowa County, extreme northern and extreme southeastern Bent County,
northeastern Otero County and most of Crowley County.

Moderate Drought (D1) conditions are now confined across the eastern 2/3rds
of El Paso County, extreme northeastern Pueblo County into extreme northwestern
Crowley County, as well as extreme southeastern Las Animas County, extreme
southern Baca County and extreme northeastern Prowers County.

More information about drought classification can be found at:

droughtmonitor.unl.edu/About/AbouttheData/DroughtClassification.aspx

DROUGHT IMPACTS...

FIRE DANGER...

Abundant moisture associated with the summer monsoon has helped to
ease Fire danger across most of south central and southeast Colorado.
However, drier and windy weather associated with the upcoming fall
season, will help dry out fuels and lead to increased fire danger over
the next few months.

The latest information on fire bans and restrictions across the area
can be found at: www.coemergency.com/p/fire-bans-danger.html

AGRICULTURAL...

A warm and dry start to September has started to dry out fuels and
soils across south central and southeast Colorado, with the latest
CPC soil moisture product indicating some drying across the southeast
plains. However, longer term (1, 2 and 3 month) Evaporative Demand
Drought Index (EDDI) data still indicates at or above normal soil
moisture conditions across south central and southeast Colorado.

HYDROLOGIC...

NRCS data indicated the statewide mountain precipitation for the month
of August was 139 percent of median, as compared to 88 percent of median
at this time last year. This brings statewide total water-year-to-date
precipitation up to 102 percent of median, as compared to 87 percent of
median at this same time last year.

In the Arkansas basin, August precipitation came in at 161 percent of
median, as compared to the 62 percent of median precipitation at this
time last year. This brings total water-year-to-date precipitation
across the Arkansas basin up to 108 percent of median, as compared to
98 percent of median at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande basin, August precipitation came in at 122 percent
of median, as compared to the 67 percent of median precipitation at
this time last year. This brings total water-year-to-date precipitation
across the Rio Grande basin up to 104 percent of median, as compared to
97 percent of median at this same time last year.

NRCS data also indicated statewide water storage was at 78 percent of median
overall at the end of August, as compared to the 77 percent of median storage
available at this time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of August came in at 85
percent of median overall, as compared to the 89 percent of median storage
available at this same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of August came in at
102 percent of median overall, as compared to the 94 percent of median
storage available at this time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY...

The average temperature in Alamosa for the past month of August was
64.5 degrees. This is 1.3 degrees above normal and makes August of
2022 tied as the 10th warmest August on record. Alamosa recorded
3.80 inches of precipitation through the month of August. This is
2.51 inches above normal and makes August of 2022 the 2nd wettest
August on record, just behind the 5.50 inches recorded in August of
1993.

The average temperature for the Summer of 2022 (June, July and
August) in Alamosa was 64.5 degrees. This is 1.5 degrees above normal
and makes the Summer of 2022 the 4th warmest on record in Alamosa.
Alamosa recorded 6.69 inches of precipitation through the Summer of
2022. This is 3.93 inches above normal and makes Summer of 2022 the
wettest on record, surpassing the 6.04 inches of precipitation
recorded through the Summer of 2001.

The average temperature in Colorado Springs for the past month of
August was 71.7 degrees. This is 1.6 degrees above normal and makes
August of 2022 the 8th warmest August on record. Colorado Springs
recorded 1.82 inches of precipitation through the month of August.
This is 1.14 inches below normal and makes August of 2022 the 39th
driest August on record.

The average temperature for the Summer of 2022 (June, July and
August) in Colorado Springs was 71.6 degrees. This is 1.7 degrees
above normal and makes the Summer of 2022 tied as the 5th warmest
Summer on record in Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs recorded 8.54
inches of precipitation through the Summer of 2022, which is 0.19
inches above normal.

The average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of August was
77.0 degrees. This is 2.2 degrees above normal and makes August of
2022 the 10th warmest August on record. Pueblo recorded 0.64 inches
of precipitation through the month of August. This is 1.47 inches
below normal and makes August of 2022 the 19th driest August on
record.

Average temperature for the Summer of 2022 (June, July and August) in
Pueblo was 76.5 degrees. This is 1.9 degrees above normal and makes
the Summer of 2022 tied as 7th warmest on record in Pueblo. Pueblo
recorded 3.07 inches of precipitation through the Summer of 2022.
This is 2.21 inches below normal and makes Summer of 2022 the 25th
driest 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 normal 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    3.80/+2.51  6.69/+3.93  7.97/+3.53   9.43/+2.04
COS Airport    1.82/-1.14  8.54/+0.19 11.32/-1.26  13.41/-2.50
PUB Airport    0.64/-1.47  3.07/-2.21  7.32/-1.92   9.24/-2.37

Eads           0.89/-1.64  6.05/-0.97 10.80/-1.34  13.40/-2.30
Lamar          1.05/-1.73 10.61/+2.49 13.00/+0.77  15.79/-0.40
Campo 7S       1.55/-1.78  7.77/-0.50  9.05/-3.21   9.73/-6.88
Walsh 1W       4.40/+1.14  8.99/-0.44 11.49/-2.77  14.19/-5.34
Kim 15NNE      2.75/-0.19  7.79/+0.73 11.27/-0.34  13.80/-2.89
FlorissantFB   3.88/+0.85  9.49/+2.04 13.60/+2.51  17.28/+2.31
Canon City     1.26/-0.80  3.25/-1.91  6.10/-3.42   8.42/-4.80
Rye 1SW        1.77/-1.31  8.84/+0.16 17.15/+0.45  22.13/-3.24
Westcliffe     2.35/+0.37  4.66/-0.77  9.35/-0.11  12.15/-1.44
Walsenburg 1NW 3.01/+0.86  7.01/+1.34 12.90/+1.43  16.46/-0.83
Trinidad       2.53/+0.24  6.34/+0.15  8.96/-1.22  10.33/-4.54
Crestone 2SE   2.08/+0.17  6.63/+1.78  9.18/+1.12  11.56/-0.87
Del Norte 2E   1.99/+0.33  5.44/+1.68  6.59/+0.52   8.61/-1.07
Buena Vista 2S 1.52/-0.05  4.39/+0.61  8.56/+1.97  10.74/+0.81
Climax         5.25/+2.70 10.81/+4.49 18.11/+4.80  28.43/+3.20

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK...

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 6 to 10 day outlook (valid
Sept 21st through Sept 25th) indicates better chances of above
normal temperatures and above normal precipitation across south
central and southeast Colorado. The outlook for rest of September,
October and November continues to indicate better chances for
above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across
all of south central and southeast Colorado.

NEXT ISSUANCE DATE...

This product will be updated by Thursday October 7th, 2022, or
sooner if necessary, in response to significant changes in conditions.

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RELATED WEB SITES...

Additional information 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 Forecast Office
3 Eaton Way
Pueblo, Colorado 81007
Phone: 719-948-9429

or email to: nws.pueblo@noaa.gov

$$

MW


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