“[Colorado] seasonal snowfall totals are slightly below normal” — US #Drought Monitor

Click here to go to the US Drought Monitor website. Here’s an excerpt:


Three low-pressure systems impacted the contiguous 48 states this week. The first system wrapped up over the Great Lakes before moving toward the Canadian Maritime Provinces and pushing a cold front off the east coast. Significant rains (0.5 to 3.9 inches) fell along the southern end of the front over Texas. During the weekend, an Alberta clipper type low-pressure system moved across the Great Lakes but triggered little precipitation. Earlier this week, significant snows fell across the northern tier of the contiguous 48 states as cooler air funneled in across the Great Plains…

Pacific Northwest

Light to moderate precipitation fell across Washington, northern Idaho, and Montana. The precipitation totals (0.5 to 2.2 inches) across northern Idaho prompted the removal of some D0. In Washington, the heaviest precipitation fell outside of areas designated as dry or in drought, but some precipitation fell across central Washington prompting a small trimming of D0…

Southern and Central Plains

Widespread rains fell across the area from Texas to Tennessee. The heaviest rains fell across the drought stricken regions of Texas, with rainfall totals exceeding 6 inches. The rains prompted anywhere from a full 1-category improvement to minor reductions in drought but not as much improvement as might be implied from the notable rainfall totals. The restrained approach in the improvement was due to the drought being primarily long-term, defined by flows in large rivers and storage in major reservoirs, both of which showed little change with the recent rains. Dry conditions continue across southeast Texas, with D0 expanding slightly.

Slightly farther north in Oklahoma, severe drought (D2) and moderate drought (D1) were trimmed along the Red River. No change was made to the drought depiction across Kansas. The latest drought report from the state of Kansas shows mostly below normal rains for the year (January 1 – October 31), but a more mixed signal during the past 30 and 60 days. Persistence was also the case for Colorado. The seasonal snowfall totals are slightly below normal, so this region will be monitored during the coming weeks…

Southwest and Great Basin

No changes were made to the drought depiction across New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, or Arizona…

Looking Ahead

During November 13-18, wet weather is forecast for the eastern third of the Nation and from Oregon and Northern California to the Central Rockies. Rainfall totals are likely to exceed 4.0 inches across Oregon, with lesser amounts elsewhere. Gulf moisture is likely to support rainfall of up to 2.4 inches from southeast Texas to Alabama. Lake enhanced precipitation is also likely downwind of the Great Lakes as northwesterly flow is expected to persist for a few days during the early portion of next week. Cold and dry conditions are likely across the Great Plains.

For the ensuing 5-day period, November 18-22, odds favor below normal temperatures east of the Continental Divide, with above normal temperatures west of the Continental Divide. Above median precipitation is favored from California to western Montana, and across the southeast from Louisiana to the Carolinas. Below median precipitation is likely from the southern High Plains to the Upper Midwest and across the Mid-Atlantic and New England coast. Most of Alaska is likely to receive below median precipitation, except for the south central coast and the Alaskan Peninsula.

Westwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal
Westwide SNOTEL Current Snow Water Equivalent (SWE) % of Normal