DROUGHT NEWSLETTER – NWS Pueblo : The Prowers Journal

Drought conditions continue to improve in south-central and southeast Colorado

SYNOPSIS:

The North American monsoon remained active in south-central and southeast Colorado throughout August, bringing periods of abundant moisture and bouts of heavy rain throughout the region. That said, the latest US Drought Monitor released Thursday, September 15, 2022 continues to expand drought-free conditions in the region. Drought-free areas now include southern Otero County through central Bent County. Abnormally dry (D0) conditions are now indicated for most of Baca County, the remainder of Powers County, Kiowa County, extreme northern and extreme southeast Bent County, north- east of Otero County and most of Crowley County. Moderate drought (D1) conditions are now confined to extreme southern Baca County and extreme northeast Prowers County.

AGRICULTURAL:

A hot, dry start to September has begun to dry out fuels and soils in south-central and southeast Colorado, with the latest CPC soil moisture product indicating some drying across the southeast plains. . However, longer term (1, 2, and 3 month) Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) data still indicate normal or above soil moisture conditions in the south-central and southern -eastern Colorado.

HYDROLOGICAL:

NRCS data said statewide mountain rainfall for August was 139% of the median, down from 88% of the median for the same time last year. That brings the year-to-date statewide rainfall total to 102% of the median, up from 87% of the median at the same time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, August rainfall was 161% of median, up from 62% of median rainfall at the same time last year. That brings total year-to-date rainfall in the Arkansas Basin to 108% of the median, up from 98% of the median at the same time last year.

In the Rio Grande Basin, rainfall in August was 122% of the median, compared to 67% of median rainfall at the same time last year. This brings total year-to-date rainfall in the Rio Grande Basin to 104% of the median, up from 97% of the median at the same time last year.

NRCS data also indicated that statewide water storage was at 78% of the overall median at the end of August, compared to 77% of the median storage available at that time. time last year.

In the Arkansas Basin, water storage at the end of August was 85% of the overall median, compared to 89% of the median available storage at the same time last year.

In the Rio Grande basin, water storage at the end of August was 102% of the global median, compared to 94% of the median storage available at the same time last year.

CLIMATE SUMMARY:

The average temperature in Pueblo for the last month of August was 77.0 degrees. That’s 2.2 degrees above normal and makes August 2022 the hottest August 10 on record. Pueblo recorded 0.64 inches of precipitation during the month of August. That’s 1.47 inches below normal and makes August 2022 the driest August 19 on record.

The average temperature for the summer of 2022 (June, July and August) in Pueblo was 76.5 degrees. That’s 1.9 degrees above normal and makes summer 2022 the 7th hottest on record in Pueblo. Pueblo recorded 3.07 inches of precipitation during the summer of 2022. This is 2.21 inches below normal and makes the summer of 2022 the 25e driest on record in Pueblo.

PRECIPITATION/TEMPERATURE OUTLOOK:

The Climate Prediction Center (CPC) 6-10-day outlook (valid September 21-25) indicates better chances of above-normal temperatures and above-normal precipitation in south-central and south-eastern parts of the country. Colorado. The outlook for the remainder of September, October and November continues to point to better chances of above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation throughout south central and southeast Colorado.