#drought news: Abnormal dryness expands in northern Colorado and southern Wyoming

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


This week saw warmer than normal temperatures impacting roughly two-thirds of the nation. A significant storm brought abundant rain to the Ohio Valley and severe weather through that region and the Central Plains. The storm brought tornados, hail, and strong winds to over 15 states. Most of the rest of the country experienced continued dryness. Strong winds and warmer than average temperatures added short-term insult to the long-term drought impacting the Southern Plains…

The Plains

Rain came to the Plains associated with severe weather this Drought Monitor week. The rain was mostly limited to areas of eastern Oklahoma and Kansas and extended into the southern Midwest. Other parts of the Southern Plains experienced degradation in the drought conditions largely associated with the warm temperatures and very strong winds. Severe (D2), Extreme (D3), and Exceptional Drought (D4) expanded around the Texas panhandle and adjacent areas, extending into central Oklahoma. Severe (D2) and Extreme Drought (D3) expanded in southern Kansas as the state saw dust clouds roll through at least one western county on April 2…

The West

Some much needed precipitation fell in northwestern California this week. The rain did not penetrate very far from the coast. Continued dryness resulted in an expansion of Exceptional Drought (D4) in northwest California. Statewide snowpack remains at 5% as of April 6, 2015. Northern Nevada and Utah saw an expansion of Severe Drought (D2) in the north as did southern Idaho. In northern Colorado and southern Wyoming, Abnormal Dryness (D0) expanded…

Looking Ahead

Precipitation is expected to migrate from the Gulf Coast into the Midwest in the coming days. The Pacific Northwest is likely to see precipitation each day. The rest of the country is expected to remain dry. Warmer than normal temperatures are expected over most of the contiguous U.S. during the same time. The Pacific Northwest is the only exception to this with below-normal temperatures expected throughout the period.

The NWS 6-10 day outlooks call for normal to warm conditions over the U.S. with the exception of the northern West and western Alaska which should experience below-normal temperatures. Precipitation during that timeframe is expected to be normal to above-normal across the country with the exception of the far West and extreme northern Alaska which are expected to be below-normal.

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Greg Hobbs at the Colorado Water Congress January 2012
Greg Hobbs at the Colorado Water Congress January 2012

I’ll be at the Sturm College of Law today for the symposium honoring Justice Hobbs’ contributions to Colorado water law. I hope to be live-tweeting all day @CoyoteGulch.

Coyote Gulch posts that mention Justice Hobbs here and here.