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Drought in
Residents in drought: 1,341,000

3,405,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 27%

of the state’s population,
67% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on November 13, 2018.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
17.1% 83.4%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
11.5% 66.3%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
20.7% 54.8%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
20.8% 34.1%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
13.3% 13.3%
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Drought in Colorado
from 2000 - 2018

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Colorado lasted 395 weeks beginning on October 30, 2001 and ending on May 19, 2009. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of July 16, 2002 where D4 affected 34.37% of Colorado land.

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