Good Soaking Rain in S.E. Colorado this Week


The National Weather Service from Pueblo reported recently on the warmer than usual March we experienced in parts of southeast Colorado.  Moisture was also below averages for much of the state.  Colorado has been listed as ‘abnormally dry’ for all but 2% of the state at this time. 

Precipitation was well below average across the Arkansas and Upper Rio Grande Basins in March.  Pueblo, Colorado Springs and Alamosa were at 0.82, 0.94 and 0.43 inches below average, respectively. 

Overall snowpack levels were running well below average across the Arkansas and Upper Rio Grande Basins.  As of April 1, the snowpack in the Arkansas Basin was 58% of average overall and the Upper Rio Grande Basin was at 53%. 

Streamflow was generally above average across both basins on April 1 due to early melting.  Soil moisture was generally below average across the basins.  Reservoir storage levels were running near or below average.  At the end of March, combined reservoir storage levels in the Arkansas Basin were around 86% of average, while combined levels in the Upper Rio Grande Basin were around 73% of average. 

The outlook for April through June from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center indicates that precipitation will most likely be below average and temperatures will most likely be near or above average. 

The recent rainfall this past week was a boon to area farmers with precipitation results in southeast Colorado as follows in inches:  Campo 0.61, Springfield 0.74, Pritchett 0.42, Walsh 0.52, Las Animas 0.93, Eads 0.75, Sheridan Lake 0.55, La Junta 1.03, Rocky Ford 0.57, Cheraw 0.95, Holly 0.45 and Lamar 0.42.



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