Colorado Drought Conditions Improve; ‘Exceptional’ Classification Lifted

August 14, 2014
U. S. Drought MonitorCredit Richard Tinker / NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC
U. S. Drought Monitor

Drought conditions in Colorado have seen another week of slight improvements across the state, and the worst category of drought has disappeared altogether.  One week ago, about .5% of Colorado was classified as “Exceptional Drought,” all in southeastern Colorado.  Now, that area is categorized under  “Extreme Drought.” One year ago, 3% of the state was listed as “Exceptional Drought.” 

The U. S. Drought Monitor currently shows normal conditions across 60% of Colorado.  One year ago, that number was 1.5%.