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CWCB/Dept of Natural Resources-January 2016 Drought Update

  Snowpack through the first quarter of the water year (October- September) was above normal for nearly the entire state and well above normal in the San Juan Mountains. A cool and wet December helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over the majority of the state. Long-term forecast favor the state for continued above average […]

CWCB Drought Update, October 2015

Following a very warm and dry start to the fall, November to-date has seen more seasonal temperatures west of the divide and increased precipitation on the west slope and northeastern plains. This has helped to alleviate abnormally dry conditions over parts of the state. Storage levels in some basins are at the highest levels since […]

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 […]

Drought Conditions Improving for Southeast Region

Update from Colorado Water Conservation Bureau A cool and wet May has eliminated drought conditions across much of Colorado. With 31 weather stations recording the wettest month ever, statewide May 2015 was the wettest May since record keeping began in 1895. In total much of the state experienced 300% of normal May precipitation. June temperatures […]

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 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 […]

Water Supply Outlook from Pueblo National Weather Service

  As of May 1 the 2014 snowpack was highly variable across the Arkansas Basin of Southeast Colorado, ranging from above average north of highway 50 to below average south of 50.  Across the Rio Grande Basin, the snowpack was below average across nearly the entire basin. Specifically, the Arkansas Basin snowpack measured 99% of […]

Water Supply Outlook-NWS-Pueblo

  As of April 1, the 2014 snowpack was below average across the Rio Grande Basin of south central Colorado.  Across the Arkansas Basin of southeast Colorado, the snowpack was highly variable, ranging from above average north of highway 50 to below average south of the highway.  The Arkansas Basin snowpack measured 112% of median […]

Colorado State Drought Update

  Late January and early February precipitation across the state improved the statewide snowpack from 107% on February 1 to 117% as of February 12. The snowpack in every basin in the northern portion of the state is well above average with the highest being the South Platte basin at 141% of average. The southern […]

National Weather Service – Drought Information Statement

  Monsoon rains have brought some relief in the drought for portions of southern Colorado.  Widespread precipitation levels were reported between three and four inches across the southeast mountains so far in July.  However, this moisture still has not been as much or widespread enough to bring any long term relief to the drought gripping […]

Water Supply Outlook from NWS, Pueblo

  As of June 1, the 2013 snowpack was almost gone over the Upper Rio Grande Basin.  For the Arkansas Basin, a decent amount of snow remained over the headwaters portion of the basin, but the snowpack was nearly gone over the remainder.    In the Arkansas basin, the snowpack was at 86% of median overall, […]

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 […]

February Drought Information Statement for S.E. Colorado

  The National Weather Service out of Pueblo reports that February 2013 was a cold and relatively wet month across the state, especially across the eastern mountains and immediate adjacent plains which saw above normal precipitation over the past month.  Despite some much needed precipitation across portions of the area, it was not widespread enough […]

Southeast Colorado Water Supply Update

As of January 1, the 2013 snow season began slowly.  The National Weather Service reports that Snowpack for the Upper Rio Grande Basin was 65% of average overall, behind last year’s 92% reading.  Southeast Colorado had a snowpack report of 61% for the Arkansas Basin, also well behind last year’s reading of 96% of average.  […]

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 […]

Dust, Then and Now

  Those who watched the Ken Burns documentary on PBS tv earlier this month, “The Dust Bowl” gained a new respect for those who endured those conditions in the 1930s and 1950s in this part of the world.  Anyone who was in southeast Colorado or western Kansas this past November 10, got a taste of […]

NWS Hydrology/August Precip Report

  Temperatures were generally 1 to 3 degrees above average across southern Colorado during August.  Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Alamosa were 2.5, 1.9 and 0.6 degrees above average, respectively. Precipitation was generally below average across southern Colorado this past August.  The primary observation sites at Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Alamosa were 3.22, 2.08 and 0.77 […]

Current Drought Summary for S.E. Plains

  The warmest June on record in Colorado has been followed by the fifth warmest July on record for the state.  January through June 2012 now ranks as the second warmest calendar year since 1895 when records began.  The eastern plains saw the greatest departure from normal temperatures.  As of August 14, 2012, the U.S. […]

State Drought Assessment

June 2012 Drought Update for Colorado from Colorado Water Conservation Board— The persistence of above temperatures throughout the state continues to exacerbate persistently dry conditions on the west slope and parts of the eastern plains. Some areas of the state have received good June precipitation. However, high temperatures and winds have decreased the beneficial moisture. […]

NWS-Pueblo Reports Drought on Increase in S.E. Colorado

National Weather Service Drought/Climate Summary as of June 1, 2012 A very warm and unusually dry spring has allowed for drought conditions to persist and advance across south central and southeast Colorado. This past dry spring, coupled with a dry winter has allowed for drought conditions to persist.  The current U.S. Drought Monitor has reintroduced […]