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