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After some decent late Summer and early Fall rain, we have had it pretty dry lately. The Drought Monitor is now showing Moderate Drought conditions returning to the Southeast Plains. Bent, Baca, Prowers, and eastern Las Animas counties were hit extremely hard by drought this year, and it simply doesn't look like this will change. With the main storm track to our north, and that not likely to change anytime soon, it is only going to get drier. With La Nina trying to make a reappearance, this only will fuel the drier than normal conditions for Southern Colorado. Now it can only take one monster storm to squash the drought, but that doesn't look likely right now. We'll see what happens...
Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe