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Topic of the Month:
Drought in Eastern Colorado

At the Rancho, we received 3.01 inches of rain during the month of August; slightly more than average and placing us solidly in the "Normal Category".
There were 13 thunderstorm days but no Red Flag Fire Warnings. None of the thunderstorms were damaging.
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
2nd Half of August 2017 0.28 1.34
Ag Year Total (2nd half Aug. 2017) 0.28 1.34
Calendar Year Total (up to September 1st) 15.28 16.07

The table on the left shows the measured precipitation recorded at RTS for the second half of August 2017 (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 was a deficit of 4.39 inches.
For the 2017-2018 agricultural precipitation year there is a deficit of 1.06 inches
For the 2017 calendar precipitation year there is a deficit of 0.79 inches.

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