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Topic of the Month:
Drought in Eastern Colorado

In October we received 0.73 inches of rain, one half inch below average.
There were no thunderstorm days and no Red Flag Fire Warnings.
On October 27th we set a record overnight low temperature of 14 degrees.
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)
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
June 2017 0.20 2.49
July 2017 2.36 3.00
August 2017 3.01 2.68
September 2017 1.55 1.11
October 2017 0.73 1.23
2nd Half of August 2017 0.28 1.34
Ag Year Total (2nd half Aug through October, 2017) 5.29 3.68
Calendar Year Total (up to November 1st) 17.56 18.29

The table on the left shows the measured precipitation recorded at RTS for the Agricultural Year (second half of August 2017 to November 1st) and for the 2017 Calendar Year, compared to the 31 year average for the same period.
For the 2017-2018 agricultural precipitation year there is a surplus of 1.61 inches
For the 2017 calendar precipitation year there is a deficit of 0.73 inches.

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