Drought Expansion Shifts to Northwest Colorado

PROMO 660 x 440 Miscellaneous - Drought Water Bottle Cracked Mud - iStock
Published Friday, June 15, 2018
by Chris Sorensen

A week after extreme drought expanded in southeast Colorado, conditions have also deteriorated in the northwest.

Jackson, Grand and Summit counties, which had been largely drought-free, shifted to abnormally dry. Moderate drought expanded to cover most of Moffat county and a larger portion of Eagle county. Severe drought expanded further into eastern Garfield county.

2018-06-15_map_colorado_drought_conditions_-_june_12_2018.png

MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - June 12, 2018
Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center - June 12, 2018

Slight improvements were observed in southeast Kit Carson and northeast Cheyenne counties.

In the coming week, the remnants of Hurricane Bud and additional tropical moisture from the Pacific, may bring some relief across Colorado.

2018-06-08_map_colorado_drought_conditions_-_june_5_2018.png

MAP Colorado Drought Conditions - June 5, 2018
Courtesy National Drought Mitigation Center - June 5, 2018

Overall, 20 percent of the state is drought-free, down from 25 percent one week earlier. Abnormally dry conditions increased slightly to 12 percent, and moderate drought increased to 16 percent from 13 percent. Areas of severe, extreme and exceptional drought are unchanged from the previous week.

One year ago, 94 percent of the state was drought-free, while six percent was abnormally dry.

Drought classes include (ranked from least to most severe) D0 - abnormally dry, D1 - moderate, D2 - severe, D3 - extreme, and D4 - exceptional drought.

Colorado Drought by the Numbers

Week

Date

None

D0

D1

D2

D3

D4

Current

6/12/18

20

12

16

16

27

8

Last Week

6/5/18

25

11

13

16

27

8

3 Months Ago

3/13/18

10

19

23

34

13

0

Start of Calendar Year

12/26/17

7

65

28

0

0

0

Start of Water Year

9/26/17

68

29

4

0

0

0

One Year Ago

6/13/17

94

6

0

0

0

0