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Topic of the Month:
Drought in Eastern Colorado


November was another drier than normal month. We received 0.27 inches. The 30 year average is 0.43 inches.
There were no thunderstorm days and only one Red Flag Fire Warning day.
On November 23, 26 and 27th we set record daytime high temperatures.
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
November 2017 0.43 0.85
2nd Half of August 2017 0.28 1.34
Ag Year Total (2nd half Aug through November, 2017) 5.72 9.53
Calendar Year Total (up to December 1st) 17.99 19.14



The table on the left shows the measured precipitation recorded at RTS for the Agricultural Year (second half of August 2017 to December 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 deficit of 1.54 inches
For the 2017 calendar precipitation year there is a deficit of 1.15 inches.

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