#Drought news: One-third of #Colorado now under extreme drought — KOAA.com

US Drought Monitor June 16, 2020.

From KOAA.com (Sam Schreier):

Last week, a quarter of the state (25.49%) was under extreme drought. Now, the percentage has risen to 32.96%, which is roughly one-third of the state.

Conditions associated with extreme drought include:

  • Pasture conditions worsen
  • City landscapes are dying
  • Large fires develop
  • Rafting, fishing, hunting, skiing are reduced; fish kills occur
  • Grasshopper and insect infestation are noted
  • Reservoirs are extremely low; mandatory water restrictions are implemented; water temperature increases
  • Drought conditions started to develop in the early Spring due to a drier than normal March and April.

    US Drought Monitor one week change map ending June 16, 2020.

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