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Report: Most of Colorado, including all of Weld County, abnormally dry or in moderate drought

Staff reports

All of Weld County and nearly all of Colorado is abnormally dry or experiencing moderate drought, according to a federal report released this week.

The U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday, says 98.4 percent of Colorado is abnormally dry. Additionally, 30.84 percent of the state — including extreme western portions of Weld and much of the Front Range — is experiencing moderate drought, a more severe condition than abnormal dryness.

These numbers come in the wake of several weeks of unseasonably high temperatures and a lack of precipitation. In fact, a week ago, 91.1 percent of the state was abnormally dry and 24.31 percent was experiencing moderate drought. Last year at this time, only 20.09 percent of the state was abnormally dry and none of the state was experiencing drought.

Weld saw .72 inches of precipitation in October. The average for October is .89 inches. Temperatures were well above normal much of the month and have remained above normal in November.

Thursday's high in Greeley was 72 degrees, one degree below the record for the day, which was set Nov. 10, 1996, when the temperature hit 73 degrees. Normal highs for this time of year are in the low-50s.

Friday's high temperature hit 63, according to information collected at a weather monitoring station on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado. No precipitation is expected through at least Tuesday, as temperatures warm into the 60s.

In Colorado

Across the state, the abnormal weather trends have hit Colorado’s ski resorts. Keystone Resort, Breckenridge Ski Resort, Copper Mountain, Winter Park Resort and Wolf Creek Ski Area have all been forced to push back their opening days because of an inability to make snow and a lack of natural snowfall, according to The Denver Post.