Drought Gradually Expanding Along Colorado’s Front Range

By Chris Spears

DENVER (CBS4) – After several months with above normal precipitation conditions have dried out significantly along Colorado’s Front Range.

Since June 1 Denver has recorded 3.19 inches of rain in the city’s official gauge at Denver International Airport. That’s just 47 percent of what typically falls between June and September.

Drought conditions in Colorado on Sept. 17, 2016 (credit: CBS)

Drought conditions in Colorado on Sept. 17, 2016 (credit: CBS)

The entire Front Range, including metro Denver, much of northwest Colorado, and even some of the southern mountains are abnormally dry, or experiencing pre-drought.

Pockets of moderate drought can be found between Denver and Fort Collins and also on the east side of the Palmer Divide between Kiowa and Limon.

Drought conditions in Colorado on Sept. 17, 2016 (credit: CBS)

Drought conditions in Colorado on Sept. 17, 2016 (credit: CBS)

Long-range forecasts call for warmer-than-normal temperatures over the next 90 days with no real definitive trend in potential precipitation.

Meteorologist Chris Spears writes about stories related to weather and climate in Colorado. Check out his bio, connect with him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @ChrisCBS4.

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