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Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado as of January 20, 2024

Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado as of January 20, 2024

Four Week Drought Monitor Class Change. Drought Worsened: Portions of Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo and Costilla counties. No Change: Most of south central Colorado.  Drought Improved: The southeast Plains. Precipitation: After a dry start to the 2024 Water Year (Oct 2023-Sept 2024), precipitation across south central and southeast Colorado picked up in the month […]

2023 Weather Year in Review Across Southern Colorado-7 Year Precip Report for SE Colorado

2023 Weather Year in Review Across Southern Colorado-7 Year Precip Report for SE Colorado

    The first week of the January 2023 was relatively cool and unsettled across south central and southeast Colorado, before upper-level ridging brought warm and dry conditions to region for the second week of January. The last half of January saw occasional disturbances bringing surges of cold and unsettled weather to the area, with […]

CPW Seeks Applications for Projects to Restore Wetland Habitat

CPW Seeks Applications for Projects to Restore Wetland Habitat

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is seeking applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement and creation projects to support its Wetland Wildlife Conservation Program. CPW will award over $1.1 million in funds from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Colorado Waterfowl Stamps to projects in Colorado that support the Wetlands Program Strategic Plan’s two main goals: […]

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

    The Lamar Utility Board ended their year with the Systems Operating Report from Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. He noted the sales of electricity through November 2023 were down approximately 2.68% when compared to the same time frame in 2022.  Resident sales were down 3.98%, commercial/industrial sales were off 1.9% and irrigation sales […]

September 2023 Southeast Colorado Weather Review from NWS-Pueblo

September 2023 Southeast Colorado Weather Review from NWS-Pueblo

  September of 2023 started and ended warm and dry across south central and southeast Colorado, with a passing, unseasonably strong weather system, bringing cool temperatures, good moisture and some accumulating snow to the higher mountain peaks through the middle of the month. The preliminary average temperature in Pueblo for the past month of September […]

Colorado State Patrol To Conduct Commercial Motor Vehicle Chain Law Checkpoint

Colorado State Patrol To Conduct Commercial Motor Vehicle Chain Law Checkpoint

  Eagle County Troopers with the Colorado State Patrol will be conducting commercial motor vehicle chain check operations along I-70 Friday, October 13th. The CMV check will be enforcement related with primary focus on chain possession violations and CMV education of the dangers of the Glenwood Canyon with variable speed limits and the right lane […]

SEA Says:  Composting Yard Waste and Other Organic Materials

SEA Says:  Composting Yard Waste and Other Organic Materials

Soils in the Southeast Area of Colorado are many times low organic matter.  Organic matter turns the color of the soil from beige to brown or black. Soil organic matter or organic matter has many benefits which include better water infiltration which in turn keeps water from running off and keeps more moisture in the […]

Sparrow House Victory Garden Offers Nutritional Benefits

    Although the idea for a produce garden had been planned for several years for the Sparrow House Food Pantry at 907 South 3rd Street in Lamar, it took 18 months, donations, volunteer work and some on-the-job training for the garden to come to fruition. Opening day was this past Saturday, September 16th, and […]

NWS-Pueblo; Summer of 2023 Weather Review

NWS-Pueblo; Summer of 2023 Weather Review

  The summer of 2023 started out cool and wet, especially across southeast Colorado, where several storm systems brought record precipitation in the month of June. Colorado Springs recorded 9.62 inches of precipitation through the month of June, which not only set a record for the most precipitation in the month of June, but also […]

Arkansas River Report for July 2023 from Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative

Arkansas River Report for July 2023 from Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative

    After ending June drought-free, Colorado has seen drought conditions creep back into the southwestern quarter of the state, according to the current U.S. Drought Monitor report. The National Weather Service three-month outlook projects above-normal temperatures through October and below-normal precipitation for the western half of Colorado.   Precipitation The CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, […]

Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative June 2023 Report

Arkansas River Watershed Collaborative June 2023 Report

According to the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor report, the entire state of Colorado is drought-free. The National Weather Service three-month outlook predicts above-normal temperatures through September and “equal chances” for normal precipitation for most of Colorado. Precipitation The CoCoRaHS (Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow) Network reports the following precipitation amounts, in inches, since […]

Severe Wx Statement from NWS Pueblo

Severe Wx Statement from NWS Pueblo

Hazardous Weather Outlook 1146 AM MDT Thu Jul 6 2023 Colorado Springs Vicinity/Southern El Paso County/Rampart Range Below 7400 Feet-Pueblo Vicinity/Pueblo County Below 6300 Feet- Walsenburg Vicinity/Upper Huerfano River Basin Below 7500 Feet-Trinidad Vicinity/Western Las Animas County Below 7500 Feet-Crowley County-La Junta Vicinity/Otero County-Eastern Las Animas County-Western Kiowa County-Eastern Kiowa County-Las Animas Vicinity/Bent County-Lamar Vicinity/Prowers […]

Colorado Department of Natural Resources: Water Availability Summary - 2023

Colorado Department of Natural Resources: Water Availability Summary – 2023

  Over the water year to date, conditions have been generally cooler than normal, with each month within the water year registering cooler than average temperatures. May took a different course and was actually warmer than average for the first time in the water year. May 2023 registered as the 16th warmest in the 129-year […]

Kids at Play and Work in Summer Fun Events

Kids at Play and Work in Summer Fun Events

  Lamar youngsters enjoyed themselves this past Friday, June 23rd, either at play at Centennial Park with fun time with water, hosted by the Lamar Library.  Youngsters had the opportunity to run and glide on several slip and sides, play with an inflatable dinosaur and run through a water archway between 10 and 11am.  The […]

Preliminary NWS Damage Survey for 06/23/23 Granada, Colorado Tornado Event

Preliminary NWS Damage Survey for 06/23/23 Granada, Colorado Tornado Event

  A well-documented strong and long-lasting EF-3 tornado meandered across Prowers County south of Granada, Colorado, on Friday, June 23, 2023, remaining over open countryside for most of its life. Early during the tornado’s lifespan, it heavily impacted John and Myrna DuVall’s family farm.  Two wooden barns were completely destroyed, with little evidence remaining of them […]