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DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT from Pueblo NWS

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT from Pueblo NWS

  March Storms Bring Beneficial Moisture to southern Colorado  SYNOPSIS:  Several storm systems moving across the Rockies through the month of March provided beneficial and much needed precipitation to much of south central and southeast Colorado. This is especially true across southeast Colorado, which recorded widespread precipitation amounts of 1 to 2 inches throughout the […]

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week ending March 28, 2021

Colorado Crop Progress and Condition Report, Week ending March 28, 2021

AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Spring fieldwork continued last week amid scattered precipitation events, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Northeastern and east central counties received isolated moisture that supported soil moisture supplies, but warmer temperatures and high winds were also noted. Producers continued preparing for spring planting. Calving and lambing progressed, supported […]

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-NWS-December 25, 2020

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT-NWS-December 25, 2020

    Moderate to Exceptional Drought Persists Across South Central and Southeast Colorado SYNOPSIS… November of 2020 was a very warm and generally dry month across south central and southeast Colorado, as well as the state as a whole, with the Colorado Climate Center indicating November of 2020 as the 7th warmest and 42nd driest […]

NWS-Pueblo 2020 Fall Weather Review & Precipitation Summary

NWS-Pueblo 2020 Fall Weather Review & Precipitation Summary

  The start of Meteorological Fall 2020 (September, October and November) was extremely warm, with Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo all setting new September and Fall record high temperatures, with a possible new Colorado September record high temperature of 108 degrees set in La Junta on September 6th. This record warmth was followed by record […]

S.E. Colorado Drought Information Statement, November 2020

S.E. Colorado Drought Information Statement, November 2020

DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT Moderate to Exceptional Drought Continues Across South Central and Southeast Colorado… SYNOPSIS… October was another month of extremes across south central and southeast Colorado. The first half of the month saw extremely warm and mainly dry conditions statewide, with Colorado Springs (87F) and Pueblo (94F) both tying their respective record high monthly […]

Polis Sends Letter to Ag Secretary Requesting Emergency Relief

Polis Sends Letter to Ag Secretary Requesting Emergency Relief

  To: U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue From: Jared Polis, Governor, State of Colorado Date: September 28, 2020 RE: Emergency Relief Needed for Colorado Producers Dear Honorable Secretary Perdue, Farmers and ranchers in Colorado are suffering deep financial losses due to persistent drought conditions, extreme weather events, and compounding disasters. Our state’s producers report […]

NWS-Moderate to Exceptional Drought Status for Southern Colorado

NWS-Moderate to Exceptional Drought Status for Southern Colorado

  SYNOPSIS: August was mainly hot and dry across Colorado, with the state as whole experiencing its warmest and fifth driest August on record (126 years). With that said, drought deepened across the state with over 98 percent of Colorado experiencing drought conditions by the end of the month. However, an unseasonably strong and cold […]

State Ag Department Seeks Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

State Ag Department Seeks Public Feedback on 2020 Drought Experiences

  September 10, 2020 (DENVER) – Following an exceptionally dry spring and summer, drought conditions now cover 99% of the state of Colorado, exacerbated by record-breaking temperatures and an existing moisture deficit continuing from last fall.  On June 22, Governor Polis activated the Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan under the chairmanship of directors from […]

Commissioners Send Drought Letter of Concern to Ag Secretary

Commissioners Send Drought Letter of Concern to Ag Secretary

July 28, 2020 Secretary of Agriculture, Sonny Perdue U.S. Department of Agriculture 1400 Independence Ave., S.W. Washington, DC   20250 (via USPS & email: agsec@usda.gov) Dear Honorable Secretary Perdue: The past three years have been devastating for Colorado farmers, due to extreme weather events; 2018 (drought), 2019 (freeze) and 2020 (drought) and, according to credentialed agronomists, […]

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION - WEEK ENDING AUGUST 2, 2020

CROP PROGRESS AND CONDITION – WEEK ENDING AUGUST 2, 2020

    AGRICULTURAL SUMMARY: Much needed rain greened pastures, but also damaged alfalfa in the southern areas of the state, according to the Mountain Region Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, USDA. Statewide, weather reports indicate that over the past week isolated areas received more than one inch of rain with most of […]

Letter to the Editor-Needed USDA Safety Nets in SE Colorado

Letter to the Editor-Needed USDA Safety Nets in SE Colorado

  US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue US Senator Michael Bennet US Senator Cory Gardner RE: Drought Disaster in SE Colorado & FAILURE of USDA Safety Nets-Emergency Measures Needed Dear Secretary Perdue, Senator Bennet, & Senator Gardner, The past three years have been devastating for farmers in S/E Colorado, due to extreme weather events, that greatly […]

2020 Will be a Dry Year

2020 Will be a Dry Year

  With the end of June marking the half year on the calendar, precipitation reports for southeast Colorado are stark. On June 22, Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, […]

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Governor Polis Activates Drought Plan and Task Force

Severe Drought Expands Across Southern, Eastern Regions June 23, 2020 (Denver, CO) – Governor Jared Polis requested activation of Colorado’s Drought Task Force and Phase 2 of the State Drought Mitigation and Response Plan this week as drought conditions deepen, reaching more than 81% of the state, with severe and extreme drought conditions in 33% […]

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

CWCB May 2020 Drought Outlook

  As predicted in last month’s report, snowpack has rapidly declined. Soils are exceptionally dry throughout the southern half of the state and much of the eastern plains. Thus, despite average mountain snowpack, drought conditions have quickly intensified – particularly in the San Luis Valley, Arkansas Valley, and parts of the western slope. Outlooks show […]

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

Drought Returning to Southern Colorado Areas

      Moderate to Severe Drought Conditions Return to Portions of South Central and Southeast Colorado…   SYNOPSIS…  A wet and cool Spring of 2019, combined with the previous wet Winter of 2018 and 2019 allowed for the US Drought Monitor to declare all of Colorado drought free on May 21st of 2019, a […]