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One-third of Colorado now under extreme drought

Drought Monitor
Posted at 9:16 AM, Jun 18, 2020

The U.S. Drought Monitor released their weekly update this morning, and it shows increasing drought conditions across Colorado.

Last week, a quarter of the state (25.49%) was under extreme drought. Now, the percentage has risen to 32.96%, which is roughly one-third of the state.

Conditions associated with extreme drought include:

  • Pasture conditions worsen
  • City landscapes are dying
  • Large fires develop
  • Rafting, fishing, hunting, skiing are reduced; fish kills occur
  • Grasshopper and insect infestation are noted
  • Reservoirs are extremely low; mandatory water restrictions are implemented; water temperature increases

Drought conditions started to develop in the early Spring due to a drier than normal March and April.