Drought Update

Here we are moving into the final few days of March, and we have only recorded .60" of snow in CO Springs for the month. That puts us over 26 inches below normal for the winter. Alamosa is over 18 inches below normal, Denver is way below normal too. Ironically, Pueblo is just over 4 inches below normal. Storm system that move through actually gave Pueblo quite a bit more snow than surrounding communities. Pueblo has picked up 25 inches of snow, versus the 9 inches for CO Springs. You won't see that every year! Anyway, the drought situation is bad and likely to worsen. While the current La Nina is weakening quite a bit, it is still going to influence our pattern for quite a while. Thus, I think April will be dry and warm and most of May. It is possible that with the weakened La Nina, the monsoon may not fail. This would be huge, and allow at least a couple months of some rain. Like I've been saying on TV though, I am not optimistic about drought relief in the near term.

 Chief Meteorologist Brian Bledsoe

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