From The Kiowa County Press (Chris Sorensen):
Extreme drought made another large increase in southern Colorado according to the most recent update from the National Drought Mitigation Center.
Remaining areas of Las Animas, Bent, and Baca counties that had been in severe drought shifted into extreme conditions. Extreme conditions also grew in Huerfano, Crowley, and Lincoln counties, and entered southeast Pueblo County.
Severe drought expanded toward the north, increasing in Elbert, Lincoln, and Cheyenne counties. Severe conditions also expanded into southern Kit Carson County.
Above-normal temperatures and strong wind have contributed to conditions degrading. NDMC notes widespread sales of cattle in the region.
Trinidad in western Las Animas county has recorded just 1.66 inches of precipitation between January 1 and June 9, the driest start to the year since 1948 when records began.
Just under 1.4 million people in Colorado live in drought-impacted parts of the state.
Nearly two-thirds of the state is experiencing moderate drought or worse. One year ago, Colorado was free from abnormally dry conditions and all levels of drought for the first time since tracking began in 2000.