How Dry Has It Been Across Southeast Colorado

How Dry Has It Been Across Southeast Colorado?

Rainfall over the past couple of weeks, associated with the “southwest monsoon”, has been welcomed with open arms across portions of the southeastern Colorado plains; which has been under the grips of drought conditions since end of 2007. The recent rains, however, have not been enough to overcome large precipitation deficits since the beginning of the year, with the Colorado Springs Airport reporting only 2.99 inches of precipitation from January 1st through July 23rd 2008, which is 7.05 inches below normal. The 2.99 inches of precipitation through July 23rd ranks as the lowest amount recorded for the first 204 days of the year since records started at the airport in 1948, ahead of the 4.03 inches recorded for the same period in 1963 and the 4.23 inches reported in 2002. 

Below is a selected list of recorded precipitation for the first 204 days of the year from other first order and cooperative observation sites across southeast Colorado. 


 Location            Precipitation recorded    Lowest amount recorded   Rank and period  

                            for the first 204 days        for the first 204 days         of record


Pueblo Airport        4.32 Inches                  2.01 Inches in 1963          9th Driest   1948

Alamosa Airport     2.05 Inches                 1.20 Inches in 1951           10th Driest 1948
Eads                          3.92 Inches                  3.54 Inches in 1950           4th Driest  1950
Lamar                       5.00 Inches                  3.05 Inches in 1893           9th Driest  1893
John Martin
Dam                         4.30 Inches                   2.88 Inches in 1952           9th Driest  1941
Las Animas             4.74 Inches                   1.74 Inches in 2002           15th Driest 1893
La Junta 20S           5.97 Inches                   3.56 Inches in 2002            4th Driest  1982            
Canon City              3.74 Inches                   2.37 Inches in 1962             7th Driest  1893
Pueblo RSVR          3.78 Inches                    2.07 Inches in 2002             2nd Driest  1975
Walsenburg          6.58 Inches                    4.82 Inches in 1976             9th Driest  1934

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