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September Drought Update from CWCB

Warm dry conditions have continued across much of eastern Colorado, while the mountains have seen near average precipitation so far this month. Drier conditions have resulted in declining soil moisture levels, but overall evapotranspiration rates are below average for the season, and pasture conditions and harvest yields are reportedly good. Water providers are also reporting […]

Colorado Water Conservation Board, August 2015 Drought Update

Colorado Water Conservation Board, August 2015 Drought Update Colorado remains largely drought free despite decreased precipitation in late July and early August. This is in part due to moderate summer temperatures over the same time period. Drier conditions in recent weeks have led to declining soil moisture levels, but overall evapotranspiration rates are below average […]

S.E. Colorado Remaining Drought Free

  July was a slightly cooler and wetter than normal month across much of south central and southeast Colorado, save for areas of above normal temperatures and below to well-below precipitation across the southeast Plains. The warmer and drier than normal conditions across portions of eastern Colorado has allowed for soils to dry out and […]

April 2015 Drought Update from CWCB

Colorado has been warm and dry for so far this spring. March was four degrees above average across much of the state making it the 6th warmest on record. In addition, the three week period from March 9- April 1, 2015 was one of the driest on record. As of April 14th, many river basins […]

Legal Battle Developing Over Federal Laws and Lesser Prairie Chicken

The economic ramifications from the presence of the Lesser Prairie Chicken in Prowers County and almost 90 other counties in five southwest states are diverse.  Representatives from the Prowers Conservation District and Kansas and Colorado Farm Bureaus are fearful that the potential overreach of the federal Endangered Species Act as it applies to wildlife, plant […]

S.E. Colorado Drought Update

  February showed a tale of two seasons across southeast Colorado.  The first half of the month was very warm with average temperatures running 10 degrees or more above average through the first 20 days of the month.  The first half also saw mainly dry conditions across the area with two weather systems bringing some […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS for February 9, 2015

A generally warm and dry January was experienced for the region, especially across south central Colorado which saw well above normal temperatures and generally below normal precipitation for the month as a whole.  Portions of eastern Colorado stated January out cool and unsettled with a year ending arctic blast, but quickly warmed and dried out […]

January 2015 Drought Update/Precipitation Levels

  Globally, calendar year 2014 was the warmest on record. In Colorado the year ended with above average temperatures, making it the state’s 18th warmest calendar year and the warmest since 2012. Following a wet month of precipitation in December, January 1st snow accumulation was above average for the northern half of the state. 2014 […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

 Drought Holding Steady for S.E. Colorado Last December was another month of temperature extremes across southeast Colorado with the first 25 days indicating temperatures well above the seasonal mean.  A strong arctic airmass invaded eastern Colorado bringing well below seasonal temperatures for the rest of the month.  Near to slightly below normal precipitations readings were […]

National Weather Service Drought Update

October 2014 was a very warm and mainly dry month across southeast Colorado, except for portions of the eastern mountains and plains which saw above normal to well above normal precipitation for the month as a whole, due to the remnants of Hurricane Simon moving across eastern Colorado on October 9 and 10. The US […]

August 2014 Drought Update: S.E. Colorado Sees Some Relief

Mild temperatures and above average precipitation across much of the state has brought continued drought relief to the eastern plains. The four corners region is experiencing less precipitation and deteriorating conditions. Monsoon rains could potentially help alleviate the drying. Water providers indicated that storage levels remain strong, with many reservoirs near or at capacity and […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

Early Start for Summer Monsoon Brings Some Drought Relief to S.E. Colorado June was a warm and dry month for south central and southeast Colorado, except for some spotty but beneficial moisture to the plains.  However, with a fairly early start to the summer monsoons season, July brought much more needed precipitation to the drought […]

July 2014 Drought Up-Date

Activation of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, and the activation of the Agricultural Impact Task Force remains in effect to respond to ongoing drought conditions in Southern Colorado. Despite the warm temperatures of the past week, temperatures for the summer, and the water year as a whole, have been very close to average. […]

Soil Erosion and Agriculture Sustainability

  As Southeastern Colorado enters the third consecutive year of drought, the threat of soil erosion caused by wind is increased.  Drought affects soil moisture, plant growth and the amount of crop residue left after harvesting.  Although farmers and ranchers have adopted soil conservation practices over the years, wind erosion remains one of the most […]

White House FACT SHEET: What Climate Change Means for Colorado and the Southwest

  Today, (June 4, 2014) the Obama Administration released the third U.S. National Climate Assessment—the most comprehensive scientific assessment ever generated of climate change and its impacts across every region of America and major sectors of the U.S. economy. The findings in this National Climate Assessment underscore the need for urgent action to combat the threats […]

Drought Conditions Persist for Southeast Colorado Areas

Activations of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan, and the  Agricultural Impact Task Force remain in effect to respond to ongoing drought conditions throughout Colorado. Drought conditions remain in southern Colorado, but have abated in much of the northern portion of the state. While April was slightly warmer than normal, May to date has […]

National Weather Service Drought Update

    Southeast Colorado saw a full spectrum of weather over this past April.  Well above and below seasonal temperatures were experienced in the area last month.  Below normal precipitation was also noted except near the eastern mountains which had above normal amounts.  The southeast plains saw below to well below normal precipitation and the […]

Colorado Highlights for Crop Production May 2014

  Winter wheat production in Colorado, based on conditions as of May 1, 2014, is forecast at 84.15 million bushels. This forecast is 90 percent above last year’s drought reduced production of 44.28 million bushels and 14 percent above the 73.78 million bushel crop produced two years ago. Acreage for harvest, estimated at 2.55 million […]

Commissioners Pass Resolution on Drought, Common Core

  Doug Dowler, Executive Director of SCEDD, Southern Colorado Economic Development District, spoke about a three county regional economic assessment that will be conducted this fall.  Dowler was meeting with the Prowers County Commissioners, Thursday, April 24.  “We’re going to assess the economic strengths and weaknesses of the assets found in Prowers, Kiowa and Baca […]

Drought Information Statement-NWS Pueblo

  Higher terrain areas of Colorado benefitted from cooler temperatures and good precipitation for March, 2014.  However, warmer, drier and windy weather prevailed through the rest of the state with most of southeast Colorado experiencing below normal precipitation.  Portions of the Central Mountains and Wet Mountains received at or above normal precipitation for March.  With […]