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Topic of the Month:
Drought in Eastern Colorado

During the month we saw a recovery from the drought but it was slow until the middle of the month. We had rain on only 4 days while after the 15th we had rain on 10 days with a monthly accumulation of 3.91 inches.
All together, we had 8 thunderstorm days and no Red Flag Fire warnings. For the year, we are 1.81 inches above the 31 year average for precipitation.
To see maps of other areas in the U.S. visit the University of Nebraska's drought web page.
Thanks to the National Climate Prediction Center of NOAA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the University of Nebraska for the creation and distribution of this map.

Month Received Rain and Snow melt (inches) 31 Year Average Precipitation (inches)
2nd Half of August 2016 0.72 1.34
September 2016 0.00 1.11
October 2016 0.07 1.23
November 2016 0.66 0.85
December 2016 0.55 0.71
January 2017 0.46 0.66
February 2017 0.24 0.79
March 2017 3.04 1.40
April 2017 2.06 2.30
May 2017 3.91 2.75
Ag Year Total (2nd half Aug. 2016 through 1st half Aug. 2017) 11.71 13.14
Calendar Year Total (up to June 1st) 9.71 7.90

The table on the left shows the measured precipitation recorded at RTS for the second half of August 2016 (beginning of Agricultural Year) and for the 2017 Calendar Year, compared to the 31 year average for the same period.
For the 2016-2017 agricultural precipitation year there is a deficit of 1.43 inches.
For the 2017 calendar precipitation year there is a surplus of 1.81 inches.

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