By Chris Sorensen
Much needed moisture - though in very limited amounts and coverage area - returns to Kiowa County Thursday night and Friday.
A small amount of snow fell Thursday night (March 17, 2016) - generally one-half inch or less, and missing many areas. While snow remains likely throughout Friday, less than one inch of accumulation is expected.
by Chris Sorensen
After a significant expansion last week, the percentage of Colorado considered "Abnormally Dry" expanded again - nearly doubling over the past week, from 14.4 percent to covering nearly 28 percent of the state.
UPDATE 2: Tuesday will see another Red Flag Warning from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Look for northwest winds 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 50 mph and relative humidity as low as nine percent.
UPDATE: In addtion to the Red Flag Warning Monday, the National Weather Service has issued a Fire Weather Watch for Tuesday (March 15, 2016) from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. Expect northwest wind 20-30 miles per hour with gusts to 45, and relative humidities as low as eight percent. A fire weather watch means that critical fire conditions are possible.
Fire danger elevated Monday.
UPDATE: Tuesday will see another Red Flag Warning from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
While early Sunday morning started off with fog and 88 percent humidity in central Kiowa County, conditions will change Monday.
by Chris Sorensen
One year ago, most of southeast Colorado was experiencing moderate to severe drought. Summer rains, though not as abundant as some would like, eliminated drought conditions across most of the area by the end of September. Kiowa, Crowley and Otero Counties remained in the "abnormally dry" category however.
It may only be mid-March, however April-like temperatures will prevail Friday through Monday in Kiowa County, with highs in the low to mid-70s and overnight lows in the 30s.
Friday will be breezy, with 15-20 mile per hour winds in the afternoon. For the remainders of the weekend, winds in the 10-15 mile per hour range.
There is a very slight change of showers and thunderstorms Saturday night before 11:00 p.m. possibly bringing less than 1/10 of an inch of rain - higher amounts are possible with thunderstorms.
Sun will be a key feature for Kiowa County in the coming week, along with a lack of any chance of precipitation.
Sunday will be the warmest day of the week with a high in the upper 70s. Tuesday will only reach the upper 50s, though still warm for this time of year.
Monday, Wednesday and Thursday will be sunny with highs in the 60s, and Friday will see a return of 70 degree weather.
UPDATE: (3/6/16): The Fire Weather Watch for Monday has been upgraded to a Red Flag Warning for Kiowa, Prowers, Baca, Bent, Otero and Las Animas Counties.
The National Weather Service has issued alerts for fire weather in Kiowa County and other portions of southeast Colorado. The alerts are in effect Sunday and Monday.
UPDATED - adds newsly-scheduled training in Kiowa County
The National Weather Service in Pueblo provides SKYWARN weather spotter preparedness and training. Typically, the sessions are scheduled from late March through early May each year, and are a cooperative effort of local government officials and the National Weather Service. The sessions are free of charge and usually open to everyone unless noted.
Participants receive information about:
- latest hot topics about National Weather Service
- when and how to report severe weather