Record Snowfall and record Low Temperature set in Crestone on
at 202 am on May 22, 2019, from Keno and the NWS)
Two weather records were broken on Tuesday at the Crestone/Baca Weather
Station. First, a record low temperature was set when the thermometer
fell to 26 degrees, breaking the old record for the date of 27 degrees,
set in 2001. Then the 1.5 inches of snow that fell was also a record
amount of snow for May 21, breaking the old record of 0.2 of an inch,
set in 2015.
Latest Drought Info
May 16, 2019, from Keno and the NWS)
As of this latest report, for the first time in 2
years, the greater Crestone area is drough free! The following map and
below statment comes from the National Weather Service:
DROUGHT INFORMATION STATEMENT
Service National Weather Service Pueblo Co
633 PM MDT Thu May 16 2019
Drought Conditions Continue to Diminish Across South Central
and Southeast Colorado
An unseasonably cold weather
system which moved across Colorado last week brought rain and higher
elevation snow to much of the area, especially the southern mountains,
where 1 to 3 inches of liquid precipitation was recorded. This abundant
precipitation has helped to erase more of the drought which has had its
grip on the Colorado for more than a year.
With that said, the
latest Drought Monitor, issued Thursday May 16th 2019, has removed
Moderate Drought (D1) conditions across all of Colorado, leaving 11
percent of the state classified as Abnormally Dry (D0) and 89 percent of
Colorado as Drought Free. The last time this much of Colorado was
classified as Drought Free was August 22nd, 2017, when 84 percent of the
state was free of drought and 16 percent of Colorado was Abnormally Dry
Across south central and southeast Colorado, the latest US
Drought Monitor has removed drought conditions across portions of the
eastern San Juan and Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Drought free conditions
are indicated across the rest of south central and southeast Colorado,
which includes Lake County, Chaffee County, Saguache County,
Mineral County, Rio Grande County, the rest of Conejos County, Alamosa
County, most of Costilla County, southeastern portions of Teller County,
northeastern and southwestern portions of Fremont County, most of El
Paso County, northeastern Pueblo County, Crowley County, most of Otero
County, eastern portions of Las Animas County, Kiowa County, Bent
County, Prowers County and Baca County.
More information about
the drought classification can be found at:
DROUGHT IMPACTS... FIRE DANGER...
Fall, Winter and early Spring precipitation has helped to ease fire
danger across south central and southeast Colorado, with snow cover
still in place across much of the higher terrain, along with most of the
southeast Plains in greenup at this time.
The latest information
on fire bans and restrictions across the area can be found at:
The May 1st Colorado Water Supply Outlook Report indicated statewide
precipitation for the month of April came in at 90 percent of average,
bringing statewide 2019 Water Year precipitation to 118 percent of
In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated April
precipitation was 85 percent of average, which brings water year to date
precipitation down to 113 percent of average overall.
In the Rio
Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated April precipitation was 76 percent of
average, which brings water year to date precipitation down to 118
percent of average overall.
Colorado NRCS data indicated
statewide snowpack at the end of April was at 123 percent of average
overall, which is 211 percent of the available snowpack at this same
time last year.
In the Arkansas Basin, NRCS data indicated the
May 1st snowpack was at 127 percent of average overall, which is 261
percent of the available snowpack at this same time last year. Again, in
stark contrast to last year, the northern and southern portions of the
Arkansas Basin are both above normal levels. The Upper Arkansas
Sub-Basin came in at 137 percent of average overall at the end of April,
as compared to the 73 percent of average snowpack at
this time last
year. The Cucharas and Huerfano Sub-Basin came in at 103 percent of
average overall at the end of April, as compared to 6 percent of average
snowpack at this same time last year. The Purgatoire Sub-Basin came in
at 205 percent overall at the end of April, as compared to zero percent
of average snowpack at this same time last year.
In the Rio
Grande Basin, NRCS data indicated the May 1st snowpack was at 124
percent of average overall, which is 1,079 percent of the available
snowpack at this same time last year.
NRCS data also indicated
statewide water storage was at 90 percent of average overall at the end
of April, as compared to 111 percent of average storage available
statewide at this same time last year.
In the Arkansas Basin,
water storage at the end of April came in at 92 percent of average, as
compared to 129 percent of average storage available at this same time
In the Rio Grande Basin, water storage at the end of
April came in at 79 percent of average, as compared to 115 percent of
average storage available at this same time last year.
1st report also stated that with runoff season upon us, volumetric
forecasts remain above normal for most of Colorado`s major streams.
In the Arkansas Basin, current streamflow forecasts range from 97
percent of average for Grape Creek near Westcliffe, to 138 percent of
average for the Arkansas River at Salida.
In the Rio Grande
Basin, current streamflow forecasts range from 109 percent of average
for Culebra Creek at San Luis, to 150 percent of average for the Rio
Grande River at Wagon Wheel Gap.
Here are a few statistics for select south central and
southeast Colorado locations, indicating observed precipitation totals
and departure from normals for the past month, past 3 months, past 6
months and past 365 days:
3......PAST 6.......PAST 365........
ALS Airport 0.80/+0.21 2.59/+1.21
1.04/-0.38 2.55/-0.21 3.21/-0.61 15.99/-0.55
Airport 0.07/-1.33 1.64/-0.99 2.58/-1.25
0.19/-1.13 1.83/-0.70 2.83/-0.78 13.95/-1.25
7S 0.16/-1.17 1.62/-1.09 2.76/-1.21
Canon City 0.75/-0.78 2.20/-0.93
3.81/+0.45 5.19/-0.36 11.28/-3.27
1.36/-0.82 2.64/-2.41 6.01/-2.11 15.19/-2.85
Trinidad 1.11/-0.17 2.73/-0.29
Crestone 2SE 0.71/-0.41
4.05/+1.38 5.67/+1.22 11.37/-1.89
Del Norte 2E
1.27/+0.44 3.52/+1.50 4.95/+1.42 10.83/+0.27
Vista 2S 0.73/-0.27 3.06/+0.95 4.25/+1.04
3.82/+1.34 11.19/+4.71 18.63/+6.25 27.02/+3.04
Prediction Center (CPC) outlook for the two next weeks indicates better
chances of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation
across south central and southeast Colorado. The outlook for rest May,
June and July gives equal chances for above, below and near normal
temperatures across south central Colorado, with a slight nod to below
normal temperatures for southeast Colorado. As for precipitation, the
outlook gives better chances for above normal precipitation across all
of south central and southeast Colorado.
Additional informations on current drought
conditions may be found at: www.droughtmonitor.unl.edu
The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort
involving The National Drought Mitigation Center, NOAA`s National
Weather Service, The USDA and state and regional center climatologists.
Information for this statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA
observation sites, Colorado Cooperative Extension Services, The NRCS,
USDA, USACE and USGS.
If you have any questions or comments about
this drought information statement, please contact:
Weather Service Forest Office
3 Eaton Way
Pueblo, Colorado 81007