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Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of May 15-21, 2019

The precipitation that has occurred during this past wet season contracted drought across the West over the past several months, with just a few areas remaining. Abnormally dry (D0) - moderate drought (D1) contracted in New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. The severe drought (D2) in northwest New Mexico was eliminated; however, D0 expanded in the southwest portion of the state. In Colorado, on the other hand, recent precipitation, low evaporative demand in recent weeks, improving long-term moisture conditions, and hydrologic rebound from snowmelt prompted a reduction of D0 in the remaining areas of the state. 

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
5/21/2019
85.63%14.37%6.01%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
5/14/2019
82.05%17.95%6.98%0.24%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
2/19/2019
21.85%78.15%52.34%23.94%7.23%0.42%
Start of Calendar Year
1/01/2019
21.52%78.48%62.20%42.87%15.90%7.45%
One Year Ago
5/22/2018
23.24%76.76%69.96%58.03%39.98%10.96%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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