Dry Conditions across Southeast Colorado

 

Dry Conditions across much of Southeast Colorado for the first 75 days of 2009

 

The beginning of 2009 looks a lot like the beginning of 2008, where La Nina conditions brought extremely dry conditions to much of southeast Colorado through the early summer.  Below are the current records for the lowest amount of precipitation recorded for the first 75 days of the year for Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo.

 

 Alamosa, Colorado                                         Rank  Value  Ending Date

Lowest Total Precipitation Inches                     1        0.07    3/16/1933

Length of Period: 75 days                                 2       0.09     3/16/1998

Years: 1906-1009                                            3       0.12     3/16/1935  

                                                                        4       0.16     3/16/2009

                                                                        5       0.17     3/16/1999  

 

Colorado Springs, Colorado                            Rank  Value  Ending Date

Lowest Total Precipitation Inches                     1        0.07    3/16/1933  

Length of Period: 75 days                                 2       0.14    3/16/1953

Years: 1894-2009                                            3       0.19    3/16/1946

                                                                                                4       0.22    3/16/1925

                                                                        5       0.23    3/16/2009

 

Pueblo, Colorado                                            Rank  Value  Ending Date

Lowest Total Precipitation Inches                     1        0.08   3/16/2009

Length of Period: 75 days                                 2       0.22    3/16/1893

Years: 1889-2009                                            3       0.24    3/16/1953

                                                                                                4       0.29    3/16/1998

                                                                        5       0.38    3/16/1984 

 


 

As you can see, the first 75 days of 2009 is one of the top 5 driest periods for Alamosa, Colorado Springs and Pueblo, with the 0.08 inches of precipitation recorded in Pueblo, the driest first 75 days since records have been kept, dating back to 1889.  In addition, Pueblo has received only a trace of precipitation for the month of March.  If this trend continues, March of 2009 could be the driest March on record, beating the 0.01 inches in 1893 and the 0.04 inches of precipitation in 2002.  Current model projections do indicate at least a chance for precipitation across portions of southeast Colorado over the next week, though with the CPC 8 to 14 day outlook indicating good chances of below normal precipitation there after, this 116 year old record for Pueblo may be in jeopardy.  

 
 
 


              Climate Prediction Center 8 to 14 Day Temperature Outlook                                    Climate Prediction Center 8 to 14 Day Precipitation Outlook

 
 
 
 
 
 

       

 

 

 

 

 

 



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