From Patch.com (Amber Fisher):
Mild drought conditions hit Littleton and the rest of metro Denver in mid-September, and since then, the drought has worsened, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor…
Drought spread from western Colorado across Denver’s metro area, which was classified as ‘D0: Abnormally dry’ in mid-September. By the end of the month, our region worsened to ‘D1: Moderate Drought,’ according to the monitor, which is published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Rainfall kept Littleton drought-free throughout the summer, but recent dry conditions have increased, weather officials said.
Western Colorado has battled extreme drought for several months. Moffat, Routt, Rio Blanco and Montezuma counties remain under ‘extreme’ or ‘exceptional’ drought conditions, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.