Most of Colorado is now considered abnormally dry according to a report released by the United States Drought Mitigation Center this week. "Abnormally dry" is the lowest category on the scale. Over the course of a week, the state experienced a massive movement from drought-free conditions following dry and unseasonably warm conditions that increased the fire risk for four straight days.
Temperatures across Colorado will be on a rollercoaster over the coming days as cooler air periodically moves across the state.
Temperatures in the mid- to upper 50s are expected across much of eastern Colorado Friday into Saturday. Closer to the northern foothills, winds will gust as high as 50 to 60 miles per hour until early afternoon, while wind across the plains will be light.
Colorado State Senator Larry Crowder issued a statement early Sunday morning proposing to eliminate Colorado's state sales tax on used vehicles.
The United States Geological Survey has recorded the ninth earthquake of the year in the Rangely area.
A quake measuring 3.1 on the Richter Scale - updated from the original 3.0 estimate - was reported Tuesday. It occurred at 4:45 p.m. and was centered about three miles north of Rangley in Rio Blanco county. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 3.1 miles beneath the surface. Seven people have reported feeling the quake. No damage or injuries have been reported.
The calendar may say winter is nearly here, but Mother Nature continues to toss summer-like fire risks at the eastern plains of Colorado.
Red flag warnings continue for portions of the eastern plains of Colorado Sunday, with dry and unseasonably warm temperatures expected to continue through the work week for most of the state.
Cheyenne, Kit Carson and Yuma counties are under a red flag warning until 4:00 p.m. Sunday. Northwest winds will be gusting up to 25 miles per hour, and the humidity could fall as low as eight percent, which could cause any fires that start to spread rapidly.
A minor earthquake was recorded Saturday night in Dolores county.
According to the United States Geological Survey, the quake was centered about a mile north of Dunton, or 37 miles northwest of Durango. It registered 3.0 on the Richter Scale, and occurred at 8:42 p.m. about one mile beneath the surface.
On person reported feeling the quake. No damages or injuries have been reported.