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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