Drought Update...

June 7th, 2008:

Aside from some spotty rain this past week, many areas of Southern Colorado remain parched.  Drought conditions continue to worsen across the area, especially the far Southeast Plains.  Below is the Drought Monitor for Colorado.  It is updated every week, and highlights where drought conditions are developing and spreading.

From Burlington to Kim and eastward is in Moderate to Extreme drought.  This is the kind of drought situation that needs several days of soaking rain, before we can start to see some recovery.  Unfortunately, it doesn't look like that is in the cards.  Much of this upcoming week will be characterized by windy and dry conditions.  While it is not out of the question that some folks will see an isolated storm, widespread and significant rain appears unlikely.  Late this month is usually the time that monsoonal moisture starts appearing.  This would be a better sign, as it is usually responsible for delivering some much needed rain.  At this point, nothing like that is on the horizon. 

Until further notice, the fire danger will remain extremely high.  Use extreme caution if working or recreating outdoors with anything flammable.  During windy days, it would be wise to postpone those activities.

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by jon Location: Southgate/Stratton Medows on Jul 5, 2008 at 10:00 PM
    Drought; - closed June with me recording only .43" of precipt, after a sorry spring. Seems that the drought periods far out number any so - called " wet periods ". Now officially the total for the yr. is close to being 6" in the hole, perhaps this year the official total will fail to go past some 6" precipt. - thus turning this area into a true desert. What do you think? plus these few virga clouds could spark some dry lightning setting all adjacent brush & forest areas afire. i feel we are through with ever getting any widespread precipt. & snows in the winter here will all be VERY smal. jon
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Jun 25, 2008 at 06:28 PM
    Ed, it looks like it will get worse before it gets better. However, there may be some hope on the horizon. As we get deeper into the Summer, we will have better chances for subtropical moisture to move in from the Southwest. That usually means better chances for more widespread rain. At this point, it doesn't look like that will happen for a while... Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by ed Location: widefield on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:12 PM
    so how bad is this drought gonna get? Will we ever see any rain? Goodness, we're already over 2 inches behind for June. It is going to get worse?
  • by julio Location: 80907 on Jun 13, 2008 at 09:50 AM
    Brian, So you are saying there is a good chance of a decent winter regarding precip? That would be awesome! This last season, although we got like 33 inches of total snowfall seemed like we never had any significant storms...
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Jun 11, 2008 at 09:21 PM
    Yeah, it is getting a bit late for the wheat crop. Was doing some work last night on the upcoming "monsoon season". Tough to say if it will be a good one or not. Usually when we see it this hot and dry this early, the monsoon has the potential to kick in earlier than normal. However, I have not seen anything resembling it kicking in yet. An encouraging sign is that La Nina is essentially gone. In fact, some of our computer models are forecasting El Nino conditions by the Fall. If that happens, the odds of a wetter than normal Winter are pretty good. Two Winters ago we had an El Nino, that provided for plenty of Winter snow and Summer rain. Too early to say, but at least the La Nina that gave us the dry Winter and Spring is outta here. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by Tim Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 10, 2008 at 09:03 PM
    With an agricultural background, and in-laws still farming north of Kit Carson, it's tough to see this "year after year". Last year's blizzard really saved this region's wheat crop, but I fear it might be a bit late in the growing season for any moisture to make a difference. I guess the bright side is that a significant monsoonal season could boost the corn crops as the market rises dramatically. We'll cross our fingers!
  • by julio Location: 80910 on Jun 10, 2008 at 07:38 AM
    i saw this coming last "winter"...so I guess we're going to have a extremely dry winter (with above normal temps and below normal precip)...which will no doubt carry over into winter (same conditions...). Same story, different year. What is causing this EVERY year? Is it global warming? I'm not really a believer in global warming, but i'm really starting to listen to those people...year after year here - it's above average temperatures and below normal precipitation. Is it going t ochange any time soon?
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