More Rain Needed...

Some areas have had a lot of rain this week.  However, some areas haven't had any.  While the rain has been heavy ( 2-3" in one hour ) for some, it just hasn't been widespread enought to completely help with the drought.  Consider this... the first 7 months of 2008 have been the driest first 7 months of any year on record for Colorado Springs.  Taking into account of some pretty severe droughts earlier this decade, this one has been exceptional for some areas.  Below is the drought monitor, and clearly shows our problem.

90% of eastern Colorado is in a Moderate drought and all of the Southeast Plains are in a Severe to Exceptional drought.  The rain this week will certainly help, especially for Northeast Colorado.  Areas east of Denver picked up a lot of widespread rain on August 6th.  After the driest July on record for Colorado Springs, it would be nice to follow it up with the wettest August on record.  While the rain has started to fall, the pattern still doesn't favor complete drought relief for everyone.  Upper level winds are very light ( less than 10 mph ), and this makes it very tough for storms to move before they rain themselves out.  We need some potent disturbances to combine with the rich moisture we have in place, then we would start talking about putting an end to the drought.  As it is, I am still optimistic that we will get some decent moisture this month.  While it is too late for many crops, it will grow some late Summer grass for some ranchers.  At the very least, that would be some good news...

Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 17, 2008 at 04:02 PM
    Jeff, it won't be representative of Briargate, but the National Weather Service records daily totals for COS at the airport. Their website offers this information. If you have questions concerning their website, call my direct line at 457-8266. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by Jeff Location: Briargate on Aug 17, 2008 at 08:19 AM
    Brian, is there a Web site that contains our area's running totals for precipitation? I see articles come up with rainfall by month, year to date, etc. I can't seem to find it through popular search engines. I know news channels brief waterfall, but is there a repository somewhere so we can see rainfall on specific dates/weeks/months? Best Regards, Jeff
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 12, 2008 at 09:20 PM
    Chris, I don't have those records at my fingertips. However, if you want to give the National Weather Service in Pueblo a call, here is their number: 719-948-9429...hit zero when you hear the recording. If you have any more questions, let me know. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by chris Location: colorado springs on Aug 12, 2008 at 07:15 PM
    brian, i am wondering what the rain totals for august is for the last twenty years. If it avg down or up. Or is same.
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Aug 11, 2008 at 09:19 PM
    Anne, the hardest hit areas were over northern El Paso County, and the far Southeast Plains. Some portions of El Paso County had rain totals of up to 8" from last week and through the weekend. Eastern Las Animas & Baca Counties picked up about the same. While it was more widespread than we have had this Summer, it was still pretty spotty. We still need more rain. Officially, Colorado Springs remains 8" below normal for the year. Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by anne Location: Widefield on Aug 11, 2008 at 06:00 AM
    What are the rain totals for this last run of rain? Have any yet?
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