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  • We’re still in a drought. What’s new?

    Thu, May 16, 2013 by Ryan Handy with no comments

    Every Thursday, the National Drought Mitigation Center (yes, it exists) issues a nationwide drought wrap-up. And…El Paso County is still in the red.

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    Today’s drought prognosis is still pretty grim for  the rest Colorado, although much of the state benefited from two weeks of recent rains. But, southeastern Colorado including El Paso County, are turning out to be problem zones.

    El Paso County is on the fringes of the red zone–which means most of the county is in an extreme drought, the second-to-worst level.

    (In case you’re not sure which county is El Paso, this should help you out.)

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  • Gauges in burn scar measure rainfall

    Tue, May 14, 2013 by Ryan Handy with no comments

    The National Weather Service in Pueblo has placed main five rain gauges throughout the  Waldo Canyon burn scar to measure rainfall.

    Last week, when a series of rainstorms hit El Paso County, the five gauges measured between 1.2 inches and 1.5 inches of rain. That’s a lot of rain–particularly for an area that takes only 0.2 inches of rain to cause a flash flood, when the conditions are right.

    As Gazette Columnist Barry Noreen wrote a couple of days ago, El Paso County dogged a bullet last week, because rains fell over a long period of time, blunting the impact of flowing water on the burn scar.

    “The trouble is that we may have many more bullets to dodge. Colorado history shows that even in a relatively dry year, it takes only one slow-moving thunderhead in the wrong place to create a disaster,” Noreen wrote.

    Read the entire column here.

    Of course, the weather service relies on many more rain gauges than just those five. There are gauges sprinkled throughout the county–the region, and the state, as well–that measure rain. I couldn’t find a website that specifically shows where the burn scar gauges are, but this website shows rainfall amounts in all the county gauges, and this website shows where they are located.