Colorado drought improvements continue

PROMO 660 x 440 Weather - Drought News Update Recap
Published Saturday, October 20, 2018
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by Chris Sorensen

Western and southeastern Colorado saw additional improvements in drought conditions over the past week.

In the west central area, Mesa County and northwest Montrose County moved from extreme to severe drought. Both counties were covered by extreme and exceptional conditions two weeks ago before the remnants of Hurricane Rosa brought welcome rains.

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2018-10-20 MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 16, 2018
Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center. October 16, 2018

In northern Colorado, Routt and Grand counties both saw some transition from extreme to severe conditions, while moderate drought gave way to abnormally dry conditions in parts of western Larimer and Boulder counties.

Drought continues to significantly retreat in southeast Colorado after being in extreme conditions for part of the summer. Nearly all of Baca County is drought-free, with some abnormally dry conditions remaining in the north- and southeast corners. Moderate drought gave way to abnormally dry conditions over the southern half of Bent County, and smaller portions of western Prowers and northeast Las Animas counties. An area of extreme drought in northeast Pueblo County also shrank compared to the prior week.

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MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - October 9, 2018
Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center. October 9, 2018

Overall, 17 percent of Colorado is drought-free, unchanged from the prior week, while 16 percent of the state is abnormally dry, up from 13. Moderate drought impacted nine percent of the state, up two points, while severe drought increased from 20 percent from 18. Extreme drought covers 25 percent of the state, a decrease from 28 percent. Exceptional drought was unchanged at 14 percent.

One year ago, 72 percent of Colorado was drought-free, while 27 percent was abnormally dry. Just one percent was in moderate drought.

Drought categories include (ranked from least to most severe) abnormally dry, moderate, severe, extreme and exceptional drought. 

Colorado Drought by the Numbers

Week

Date

None

D0

D1

D2

D3

D4

Current

10/16/18

17

16

9

20

25

14

Last Week

10/9/18

17

13

11

18

28

14

3 Months Ago

7/17/18

18

6

16

21

27

13

Start of Calendar Year

12/26/17

7

65

28

0

0

0

Start of Water Year

9/25/18

14

14

8

16

32

16

One Year Ago

10/17/17

72

27

1

0

0

0