Is Colorado Experiencing A Drought?
According to the National Weather Service, Grand Junction has received .003 inches of precipitation since June 1. That's 3/100 of an inch of rain in over a month, which explains the fire hazards we are facing. But is this the worst we have seen?
According to the Colorado Drought Conditions Map, most of the state is considered "abnormally Dry". How does this year compare with previous years where little to no rainfall came? In 1960, Grand Junction and the surrounding area went 73 consecutive days without rain. Currently, we have had no rain since June 5th, and on that day, it rained for a grand total of 13 minutes, which explains the 3/100 of an inch we have so far.
Drought is defined by Merriam-Webster as "a period of dryness especially when prolonged". While our current dry spell has been prolonged, we have not reached the worst this country, or this state has ever seen.
Take a look at the video above from 1960. If you want to see what a drought looks like, and the fallout from it, this will do it for you.
By the way, the National Weather Service is predicting a thunderstorm for Saturday, July 8. Will it give us some badly needed rainfall? Or will it just be another 13-minute spraying? We shall see.