Late spring snow and rain contribute to Colorado drought

Recent moisture from late May to early June is providing some relief from the drought in Colorado. The eastern plains areas changed from extreme drought (D3) to severe (D2) or moderate (D1) drought. Along the I-25 urban corridor, most counties experienced a reduction of at least one drought level.

Use the slider below to compare the Drought Monitor from May 17 to June 7:

Now, summer rain is becoming vital for Colorado to continue seeing drought relief. May to August are our wettest months of the year.

As of June 9, Colorado Springs is in deficit for the year, with about 4 inches of precipitation so far in 2022, the average year to date is just over 5.5 inches.

Pueblo is running slightly above normal for the year at 5.6 inches, while the average amount since the start of the year is around 4.9 inches.

2022 Pueblo Precipitation Accumulation Compared to Average

It would be ideal to see continued drought improvement now, with the Climate Prediction Center predicting that La Nina conditions could last well into the 2022-23 winter season. This would be a rare triple peat from La Nina winters. In southern Colorado, La Nina generally means dry, windy weather during cool seasons.

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