The First 75 Days...

No this isn't about the Obama Administration, this is about something I am much more versed in talking about...THE DRY WEATHER.  The first 75 days of 2009 are the driest on record for Pueblo, as only .08" of precipitation has been tallied.  Alamosa has only had .16" making it the 4th driest on record, and Colorado Springs has picked up .23" making it the 5th driest on record.  Officially for March, Pueblo has only picked up a Trace of precipitation.  If Pueblo doesn't see any more moisture for the month, it will be the driest March on record.  It would break the 116 year old record set back in 1889.  Pretty impressive...  On the present track, we would also set records for snow futility for both Colorado Springs and Pueblo. 

Drought conditions continue to expand, but this is really no surprise to us.  I've been blogging about this for months.  With the current La Nina holding its ground, the pattern continues to support a lack of moisture.  See the Drought Monitor below:

The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time. The maps, which are based on analysis of the data, are released each Thursday at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time.
For a .pdf version of the Colorado Drought Monitor, click here.
To view tabular statistics for Colorado, click here.
For more information on the Drought Impact Reporter click here.
For local details and impacts, please contact your State Climatologist or Regional Climate Center.

 

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  • by Patrick Location: Penrose on Mar 23, 2009 at 12:29 PM
    I am outraged at anchor John Harding and his out of touch behavior. We are in the middle of an extreme drought and he whines and complains about the slightest chance of any moisture. He sarcastically spoke of sledding during spring break. Where does he think he is, in Florida. We natives of Colorado love any moisture we can get and we understand its value to nature, farming and any living being. How can he be so out of touch with the residents of this state. He needs to get a clue.
  • by Josh Location: Northgate on Mar 22, 2009 at 09:24 PM
    I hope this storm slams us!!!!! that would be awesome!
  • by Brian Location: Weather Center on Mar 22, 2009 at 07:05 PM
    Like I have been saying, the La Nina that is producing this pattern looks like it will come to an end late this Spring or Summer. That would mean the Spring will still be pretty dry, but our "Monsoon" season might provide some good rain. This line of thinking hasn't changed. However, we still have a few months to go before we can get too excited about the potential for above normal moisture. Maybe the storm later this week can give us something to smile about... Thanks for reading our blog.
  • by Ryan Location: Monument on Mar 22, 2009 at 06:57 AM
    you are correct Juilo almost all of the years in the 2000's we have had a below average winter but the winter of 2006-2007 was the wettest winter of the 2000's lets just hope that we don't get a la nina year agian next winter or else things will get worse
  • by Julio Location: 80907 on Mar 21, 2009 at 08:05 AM
    I'm just hoping this isn't becoming an every season thing. We've been below our average winter precip for the last 6 or 7 winters. I think I remember one of you weather dudes mentioing the 2000's have been very dry while the 90's were very wet. I sure as heck hope the 2010's are very wet again. If we have another winter like this one next season, we will be in trouble.
  • by jon Location: southgate/ stratton meadows on Mar 19, 2009 at 08:09 PM
    this drought is now exceeding my expectancies, now is the time for everyone who has yards to tear out most of the water sucking blue grass, & get serious with planting drought resistant plantings, much info on this can be obtained from the Meas water treatment plant on fillmore & paseo on the mesa, they have demo - gardens there & there are people well versed with info, most nurseries can also assist with this, do so before serious water rationing is instituded. the snow shovels will be lost in dark forgotten corner& this drought will be the long haul
  • by ryan Location: monument on Mar 19, 2009 at 09:27 AM
    I'm so glad that it isn't about the Obama administration in fact its even worse the drought is getting worse every week if this continues we will go up from a moderate drought to a severe drought you just watch
  • by Josh Location: Northgate on Mar 18, 2009 at 12:24 AM
    I don't like what i am seeing.. Its only march.. this is sad.. its nice to have 70 degree weather but not in march.. this is not normal. I moved into an apartment and one of the big insurance companies here in Colorado springs will not do rental insurance BC of wildfire danger! messed up.... we need SNOW OR RAIN and a lot of it.. hope it comes soon.. its going to be a very bad summer.. Brian will we ever see any more moister? The last big snow was back in November.
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