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Current Rocky Mountain Fire Potential Report

Denver, CO; April 9, 2015 – The Rocky Mountain Area Coordination Center announced availability of the first 2015 fire potential outlook for the Rocky Mountain Area—Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wyoming. “This year we are expecting an average to above-average fire season, or more active fire season compared to last year,” said Rocky Mountain […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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, […]

Drought Update: S.E. Colorado Counties Still Hard Hit

  Drought Information Statement, NWS in Pueblo  While precipitation totals from the past two months have helped the northern and central portions of the state, ranging from 125 to 175% of normal, however the weather pattern did not bring much precipitation to southern portions of Colorado with levels of precipitation at 25 to 50% of […]

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 […]

Non-Profit Seeks Water for Environmental Benefits

Colorado Water Trust will lease water to protect streams again in 2013 With Colorado’s snowpack below average, the Colorado Water Trust (CWT) is again seeking water rights for short-term lease for environmental benefits.  In 2012, the Colorado Water Trust piloted its Request for Water 2012 water leasing program, partnering with the Colorado Water Conservation Board […]

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 […]

National Weather Service, Water Supply Outlook

  As of February 1, the 2013 snow accumulation season gained some ground, but remained below average according to the National Weather Service.  In the upper Rio Grande Basin, the snowpack improved to 78% of average overall, up from 65% from last month and slightly better than 77% from this time last year.  In the […]

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.  […]

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 […]