#Drought news: #Colorado D0 area = ~49.55%, D1 = ~6.68%

Colorado Drought Monitor September 10, 2019.

From the Cañon City Daily Record (Chris Bianchi):

Approximately half of Colorado is now considered to be abnormally dry by the United States Drought Monitor, based on Thursday’s update. Nearly 7% of the state is officially in a drought…

Not surprisingly, the part of Colorado that is officially considered to be in a drought is the southwest corner (the tan shading in the map above). An extremely dry monsoon season is largely to blame for the drought in southwest Colorado and throughout much of the desert Southwest. Southern and western Colorado receive much of their summer precipitation from the monsoon…

While Denver experienced a roughly average summer’s worth of rainfall, August finished considerably drier than average. That said, the Front Range’s immediate drought concerns are fairly insignificant, for now.

From the Kiowa County Press (Chris Sorensen):

While Colorado enjoyed an unprecedented eight weeks completely free from drought and abnormally dry conditions, hot and dry late summer weather is quickly reversing the drought map as changes that began in August continue.

Abnormally dry areas expanded in northwest Colorado last week and grew further into west central counties in the latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center. Southeast Colorado also saw an increase in abnormally dry conditions, particularly for Las Animas and Otero counties, along with smaller portions of Bent and Crowley counties…

All of Montezuma, La Plata, San Juan and Dolores counties are in moderate drought. Western Archuleta and Hinsdale, southern Ouray and Montrose counties, and eastern San Miguel County were also touched by the expansion of moderate conditions.

Severe drought remains just outside Colorado’s southwest border in New Mexico.

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