Severe and extreme #drought expand in western #Colorado as hot, dry conditions continue — The Kiowa County Press

From The Kiowa County Press (Chris Sorensen):

Drought conditions continue to grow worse in Colorado, with severe and extreme drought expanding in the western part of the state, in part due to above-normal temperatures, according to the latest report from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Extreme drought expanded further in Garfield County where the Pine Gulch and Grizzly Creek fires are burning. Those fires have consumed a combined total of 160,000 acres.

Extreme conditions also reached most of Eagle and Pitkin counties, along with northern Gunnison and northwest Summit counties.

Colorado Drought Monitor August 18, 2020.

Severe drought expanded elsewhere in the northwest, replacing moderate conditions for all or portions of Rio Blanco, Routt, Moffat, Jackson, Grand, Summit, Lake, Park, Clear Creek, Gilpin, Larimer, Jefferson, Douglas and Arapahoe counties.

Abnormally dry conditions were replaced with moderate drought in Park, Teller, El Paso, Douglas, Elbert and Arapahoe counties. In north central Colorado, a similar shift was noted for Jefferson, Gilpin, Boulder and Larimer counties, as well as much of the abnormally dry area in Weld County.

The monthly drought outlook for August from the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center – released July 31 – predicted that abnormally dry areas would fall into drought. Only northeast Weld and eastern Kit Carson counties retained abnormally dry areas this week…

Monthly Drought Outlook for August 2020 via the Climate Predication Center.

Overall, one percent of Colorado is abnormally dry, down from six percent last week. Moderate drought dropped six percent to 25, while severe drought increased seven percent to 45. Extreme conditions grew three percent to 27. The total does not equal 100 percent due to rounding.

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