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NIDIS Intermountain West
Drought Early Warning System
March 31, 2020

Condition Monitoring Reports


Condition Monitoring Reports are submitted to CoCoRaHS by volunteers who are observing conditions in the region near where they take their observations. View Current Condition Monitoring Map.

Impacts Reports

Huerfano/Las Animas Counties, CO

Dry and windy. Decent precip event recently near I-25, but it didn't really go east of there. Things are trying to green up right now, but without some precip, it will likely green up then quickly turn brown. Snowpack in the higher elevations looks decent. People are starting to plow, farm, and getting ready to plant. Trinidad Reservoir is possibly opening up to irrigators around the 15th of April, which is earlier than normal.

Bent County, CO

A lot of wind and high temperatures. Not much moisture at all in the ground. Concerns about blowing out winter wheat. Worried that it didn't get enough height on it, stalled.

Otero/Crowley Counties, CO

Little precipitation and 3 days of extreme winds over the past couple of weeks, including lots of dust. Soil moisture is practically nonexistent, heightened concerns by ranchers of feed availability. Alfalfa and feed stocks are moving fast. Moisture in the next couple of weeks is imperative to start the grass growing season. Delays could result in reductions of grass production.

Kiowa County, CO

Prevalent winds and very little precip. Conditions less than favorable for winter wheat. East of Sheridan Lake the wheat does not look good, but does look greener than west of the lake. Wheat is being chiseled. Buying hay to keep feeding cows because the winter grass is gone.