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Aug 23, 2013 9:36 AM by Stephen Bowers

Even with the rain, drought persists

The drought monitor released Thursday shows continued drought across much of Colorado. The northern and central mountains have been removed from the drought conditions, though some areas are still considered abnormally dry. The highest drought level, exceptional, is still noted throughout much of Otero and Crowley counties. Most other areas southeast of Colorado Springs in the Plains are in the next-to-highest drought level, extreme, although the highest levels of drought are shrinking week by week and occupy smaller areas of Colorado.

It's important to remember that even with the heavy rainfall we have been seeing, drought conditions persist. The drought did not begin with a month and a half of dry and is not going to go away with a month and a half of rain. Colorado's drought has been building for the better part of a decade.

The drought is one of the reasons for the flash flooding. Because of the lack of water, the dry ground hardens and does not absorb the water when rain falls. That contributes to the flash flooding we have experienced in our area. Heavy bursts of rain in short periods of time are not as helpful to ending the drought as longer periods of light to moderate rain. 

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