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Rain improves drought in Colorado, and there's more where that came from

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Posted at 4:43 PM, Jul 23, 2020

So far this summer, drought has been leading southern Colorado's weather-related headlines. Extreme drought has taken over 30% of the state, with summer thunderstorms seemingly not putting a dent in the dry conditions.

US Drought Monitor from July 14, 2020

A bit of light this week as the extreme drought in Colorado was reduced by 5% since the last data analysis on July 14. Reduction to severe drought is seen in Pueblo, Las Animas, Otero, Crowley, and Bent counties.

US Drought Monitor July 23, 2020

Several good thunderstorm days and less hot and dry days were experienced this past week, which accounted for the improvement.

And the even sweeter news, there is more where that came from! A welcome shift to a monsoonal pattern is expected to bring over an inch of rain to the state through early next week. The mountains will be favored for this rain, including the extremely dry San Juans.