And the farther north it goes, the warmer, drier, and windier it will be in Colorado. It means shriveling crops — and dying forests primed to burn, often uncontrollably due to past suppression of wildfires.

DENVER (CBS4) – The troubling drought situation in Colorado continues to get worse. And though we will continue to see heat in the 90s through Thursday, the streak of consecutive 90-degree days, and overall heat wave, appears as though it is coming to an end starting Friday.

It means shrinking water flows in streams and rivers. For the year, Denver has received 6.22 inches of precipitation, compared to the normal 11.13 inches it has usually received by now. Don’t waste water by spraying sidewalks or asphalt. We anticipate the reservoir will refill next spring. In Sitka,  Alaska, temperatures hit a record-tying 88 degrees on July 31, and in Richland, Washington, the temperatures on July 30 topped 113 degrees. The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Water levels in the utility’s reservoirs peaked at 95% of capacity in early July and in early August reservoir storage was at 94% full, about average for this time of year, he said. Instead it will stay very warm and very dry resulting in elevated danger for new wildfires and keeping the existing fires active. The country’s second largest potato producing region, is in its 18th year of drought in 2020. Going back to 1916, runoff in the basin was the 16th lowest volume on record,” said Elder. It also marked the 15th day in a row of 90+ degree heat, which is tied for the eighth-longest streak in the record books. The U.S. Drought Monitor map of Colorado from July 28, 2020. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.

90 Degree Days Update: Today's temp reached 90°F, making it the 65th 90 degree day at KDEN (2nd most for a year) this year. Saturday will be the eighth consecutive day with highs in the 80s in Denver. Cameron Peak fire, the largest on record in the state, has burned 203,634 acres and destroyed more than 50 structures, Tue 20 Oct 2020 13.41 EDT The owner of a cement plant in Florence has started design and engineering work with the goal of making it the first such U.S. facility to use carbon-capture technology on a commercial scale. The chance for any moisture in Colorado on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday is near zero. In recent weeks, this has spread to the Front Range urban corridor. There have have been few lightning strikes in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, so it is believed most of the wildfires are human-caused, Helmerick said. Don’t water when it’s rainy or windy, or let water pool on streets or gutters. A storm system will finally reach the state on Sunday but the storm seems to be trending farther north.

Snow Totals, Denver Weather: Arctic Blast With Snow And Record Cold On Sunday, Seven First Responders In Grand Lake Lose Homes To East Troublesome Fire, Snowy Roads And Highways Plagued With Crashes Sunday; CDOT Urges Drivers To Stay Home Monday, Snow Causes Closures On I-25 And U.S. 287 Sunday Morning, Denver Weather: Record Lows Set Nearly 100 Years Ago May Fall By Tuesday. May started off warmer than usual, and through the summer a heat wave has extended across Colorado. Hot and dry conditions are hammering Colorado, intensifying a 20-year shift toward aridity. Denver hit 90 degrees again before noon Tuesday, making it the 65th day that the airport station has reached 90 degrees – the second-most on record in a single year.

By continuing to use the site, you accept our. DENVER (CBS4) – The troubling drought situation in Colorado continues to get worse. The heat, combined with wildfire smoke from several large wildfires burning in Colorado and across the West, and the air pollution that already persists in the metro area, has made for a miserable August for most in Denver – with ozone levels exceeding federal health limits this week.

Only 0.02″ of rain has been measured this month, and the city is 3.66″ below normal with rain this summer and 4.72″ below normal with precipitation this year including melted snow earlier this year. The drought has led to a rough season in Colorado for dry-land farmers. (Watch this video to take a journey inside the tunnel with Denver Water’s dam safety engineers.). The tunnel will be turned off during the maintenance project, Elder said. The summer weather, combined with the forecasts, have Denver’s water managers keeping close tabs on the situation.

The National Weather Service said Tuesday there is a chance for some isolated storms across the state over the next few days, with a better chance of precipitation once the cold front moves through Friday, and when the next front hits early next week. It’s the fourth time in two decades — following 2002, 2006 and 2012 — that all of Colorado was designed as abnormally dry or in drought. But this year’s late spring and summer, from May 1 to July 31, was also hotter and drier than 78% of the years that Denver Water has records for.

On Thursday, federal officials designated 100% of the state abnormally dry or in drought for the first time in eight years — “extreme” or “severe” in many areas — consistent with a broader transformation of the Southwest amid climate warming. “Our goal is to work with our federal partners to get assistance and resources to impacted communities.”. Colorado snow totals, live radar, weather forecast streaming on your TV with Denver7 app. Soil moisture available to crops, grasses, trees and other plants is dried up more quickly,” he said.

Tinder-dry fuels and high winds are causing flames to spread rapidly. And in one day in June, in 12 hours, we set both a new record low and a record high.”.