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S.E. Colorado is Dryer, But Still Rated Drought Free

A Drought Information Statement from the National Weather Service indicates that as of September 12, 2015, despite some drying conditions, south central and southeast Colorado remains drought free. August was a generally warm and dry month across most of that region, save for some areas of precipitation across the southeast plains. The warmer and mainly […]

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 […]

Rainy Season

Quite a few local residents will tell you our region gets most of its moisture around April and May with spring rains.  That has been the case so far, as over the past several days, coupled with the brief showers from last night, the first week in May has seen more rain than the past […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CWCB Drought Update for November 2014

Warm and dry conditions persisted throughout October and early November, with October 2014 the sixth warmest on record. However, recent precipitation and below average temperatures have resulted in improved snow accumulation across the state. The Arkansas basin, which has been the hardest hit by the drought, has received significant beneficial moisture this fall, and is […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

  Widespread precipitation, running between one to three inches, has been recorded across much of the drought stricken southeastern Colorado Plains throughout the first two weeks of October. This, along with abundant summer precipitation associated with the southwest monsoon, has allowed for additional improvements in the multi-year drought across portions of south central and southeast […]

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. […]

Southeast Colorado Water Supply Outlook for May, 2014

  As of June 1, the 2014 snowpack was still melting at the highest elevations, but was just about hone at the level of most official snow measurement sites.  According to the National Weather Service, the Arkansas Basin reported 132% of median snowpack, up from 99% of median a month ago and up from 86% […]

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 […]

Drought Information Statement from NWS-Pueblo

The first through middle part of December was very cold and relatively wet, especially across higher terrain in Colorado, as an arctic air mass entered the Rockies.  However, most of the state saw below average precipitation and cooler than average temperatures for the month as a whole.  December is generally one of the driest months […]

August Drought Update from Pueblo National Weather Service

  The summer monsoon helped alleviate some drought conditions across southeast Colorado, but more precipitation will be needed to offset the deficits of the past two years of drought.  The current U.S. Drought Monitor shows improvement, especially in the Pike’s Peak region, eastern mountains and adjacent plains.  Some areas saw summer precipitation totals at 150 […]

No Relief in Long Term S.E. Colorado Drought

Drought Information Statement from National Weather Service-Pueblo     June saw a continuation of hot and dry weather across much of south central and southeast Colorado with most of the area receiving well above normal temperatures and well below normal precipitation.  A portion of the southeast plains was an exception which saw near or slightly […]

Code Red Subscription Information

    Lamar was struck by several small scale tornadoes last year and in light of the devastation suffered in Oklahoma just days ago by a massive tornado storm, area residents should take note of a free emergency warning system provided for them as we enter a new season of potential severe storms.  Code Red […]

An All Too Familiar Sight

North of Clay Creek, south of Lamar – Picture by Doug Hasser Alter the size and shape of the 18 wheeler in the first photograph to what it might have looked like 80 years ago and this could have been a picture taken around 1930.  Instead, it was photographed Monday afternoon, April 22, along northbound Highway […]

Water Supplies, Storm Alerts Discussed at Community Conversation

Although the drought in southeast Colorado continues, the water supply from the City of Lamar well fields is in good shape, according to City Administrator, John Sutherland.  “At this time, we’re not anticipating a need for any water use restrictions for the coming summer,” he told the Community Conversation audience at the Lamar Foursquare Life […]

NWS December Precipitation Summary for Southeast Colorado

Drought Information from National Weather Service  December saw some needed snowfall to portions of south central and southeast Colorado.  Mountain snowfall for December measured 112% of average, but the statewide snowpack as of January First was still only 70% of average.  Precipitation over the southeast plains was spotty and came in near to slightly below […]

NWS Drought/Climate Update

Several storms during the middle and end of September brought some much-needed precipitation to southeast Colorado. The rain in portions of far southeast Colorado helped to alleviate extreme to exceptional drought conditions experienced across this area over the past several months. However, much more precipitation is required to overcome the hot and dry spring and summer seasons […]