Even with rain in parts of southeast Colorado Sunday night into Monday morning, drought conditions continued to expand, and worsened in Baca County according to data released April 14, 2016, by the National Drought Mitigation Center.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Thursday (April 14, 2016) from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. for most of eastern Colorado including Kiowa County to due high fire danger.
In addition to Kiowa County, all or most of the eastern counties are under the warning. Only Baca and Prowers counties are completely excluded.
Temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 80s across the region, with south winds 15 to 30 miles per hour, gusting to 40 mph. Relative humidity is expected to drop as low as 12 percent.
While some uncertainty about details remain, confidence is growing that a storm system bringing much-needed moisture will impact a large portion of Colorado, including the eastern plains and Kiowa County, beginning Friday afternoon.
An upper low pressure system drops into northern Arizona Friday afternoon and begins slowly moving across northern New Mexico, bringing snow, rain and thunderstorms to the mountains and spreading to the eastern plains.
Another warm, sunny day is in store for Sunday in Kiowa County, with a high in the mid-70s before dropping to the upper 30s overnight. Wind will increase overnight, potentially gusting to 30 miles per hour.
Showers and thunderstorms are possible overnight into mid-morning Monday. Up to a quarter-inch of precipitation is possible, potentially more in thunderstorm areas.
Monday will be noticeably cooler as a cold front backs into the area, with a high in the mid-50s, dropping to the low 30s overnight. Winds will decrease to around 10 mph.
Warm, dry days and cool evenings are in store across the weekend for Kiowa County.
Highs will be in the low to mid-70s Friday through Sunday. Winds will remain light, 5-10 miles per hour, through most of the period - with slightly stronger 15 mph wind Saturday afternoon.
Overnight, temperatures will be in the lower 40s Friday and Saturday, and falling to the upper 30s Sunday night.
Warm and dry early spring conditions continued to expand the area impacted by drought in southeast Colorado over the past week.
All of Baca and Prowers Counties are now in moderate drought. Kiowa and Bent Counties had smaller areas in drought last week, which has expanded to cover most of Kiowa and essentially all of Bent.
Drought continued to expand in Las Animas County, and now also impacts eastern Otero County.
The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning for Tuesday (April 5, 2016) from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. for much of southern Colorado including Kiowa County to due high fire danger. The warning replaces the Fire Weather Watch that was previously in effect.
In addition to Kiowa County, all or large portions of Fremont, El Paso, Pueblo, Huerfano, Las Animas, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Prowers and Baca Counties are under the warning. The San Luis Valley and neighboring counties in Oklahoma and New Mexico are also included.
Another week starting with a Fire Weather Watch
High temperatures for the week will be mainly in the 70s starting Sunday, reaching the mid to upper 70s Monday and Tuesday.
Along with the warmer weather, winds will be gusting to 30 miles per hour during the day Tuesday and increasing to 45 mph over night - leading the National Weather Service to issue a Fire Weather Watch from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m.