From The Denver Post (Jesse Paul):
Four counties in the southeast corner of Colorado have been listed under moderate drought as dryness continues to spread through that part of the state.
The designation came Thursday in a U.S. Drought Monitor report that also showed abnormally dry conditions in about 30 percent of southern Colorado, including El Paso, Pueblo and Huerfano counties.
Nearly all of Baca, Bent, Prowers and Kiowa counties were listed by the monitor as being in drought.
“Another week of little or no precipitation was observed in most areas from the southern Rockies into the central and south-central plains,” the report said.
From CBS Denver (Chris Spears):
In a state like Colorado, which is roughly 1,000 miles away from the nearest source of moisture, we depend on the jet stream to bring soggy storm systems our way.
But sometimes that doesn’t happen and it can mean an unwelcome yet frequent visitor called drought.
According to estimates by the U.S. Drought Monitor, as of April 7 there were 28,860 residents of Colorado now considered to be in drought.
That number is up over 10,000 from just one week ago with 7.36% of the state now considered to be in moderate drought.
Some locations experiencing the driest conditions include Eads, La Junta, Lamar and Springfield.
Abnormally dry, or pre-drought conditions, are being experienced across most of the southeast plains and in parts of southwest Colorado.