The weekly drought monitor has been published, and it's more bad news for Colorado.
Currently, all of Colorado is covered in either moderate or exceptional drought. The biggest change from the week before has been the increase in exceptional drought.
The percentage of Colorado experiencing exceptional drought increased from 2 to 16 percent! Unfortunately, most of that increase occurred over the western half of the state in the forests and mountains.
What we truly need is rain or snow, and unfortunately, there isn't much of that in the forecast.
Bad news, the models swung back to being just windy and dry here in Southern Colorado Sunday and Monday. Good news, we still see rain and snow over the mountains, which is going to be huge for the fires! pic.twitter.com/NJkOHyPy0T— Sam Schreier (@SamASchreier) October 8, 2020
Our current long-range modeling is suggesting a chance for rain and snow over the mountains this Sunday, but nothing is expected across southern Colorado.
This is not a good sign, especially for the upcoming La Nina year, which tends to leave Colorado warmer and drier during the winter months.