Drought news: 2011 will be one of the driest on record for Pueblo County and other points southeast

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Update: Here’s a correction from The Pueblo Chieftain about the article cited below:

Rainfall in Pueblo was 0.79 inches for August 2011, and 1.18 inches for October 2011. Wrong information was included in a graphic Monday. A reporter made the errors.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Rainfall in Pueblo has been close to normal since July, but that has not been enough to erase the effects of drought. About 8.5 inches, or 70 percent of normal, have been recorded so far this year. Barring a heavy snowstorm in the next week or two, 2011 is shaping up to be one of the driest years in the last 40 years…

Pueblo typically gets about 12 inches of precipitation annually. Since 2001, four years have been above average; two have been significantly below average. The drier spring conditions triggered an increase in lawn watering that broke a trend toward more conservation that’s been evident since the drought of 2002-03. The Pueblo Board of Water Works reported 9 billion gallons pumped and 8.5 billion gallons consumed through its system at the end of November, about 7 percent above the five-year average…

The U.S. Drought Monitor lists Pueblo, and much of Southern Colorado, in severe drought. Parts of Baca County remain in extreme drought.

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