Drought news: Walsh sets record for lowest precipitation in August

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

“The long-term seasonal climate forecast indicates that the return of La Nina conditions will likely result in drier conditions than last year,” said Veva DeHeza of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “Below average conditions in the southeastern portion of the state are likely to persist with a chance of normal precipitation in the mountains for the midwinter.” The U.S. Drought Monitor still lists most of the Rio Grande, Pueblo and Baca counties as in extreme drought, with parts of Baca County still in exceptional drought. About 39 percent of the state is in drought. A record low for precipitation was recorded at Walsh in August, and September is on pace as well. Pueblo County has seen its lowest levels for precipitation since 2002, with 6.83 inches recorded so far this year at the airport weather station — roughly 60 percent of average.

Click here for the Colorado Water Conservation Board presentations from last week’s Water Availability Task Force meeting.

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