Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.
According to Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, the past three years and eight months have been the driest stretch ever recorded for some parts of the state, including Rocky Ford, La Junta and Ordway.
"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.
The latest Drought Monitor map shows how big an impact the recent rainstorms had in recharging dry soil. The white area is drought-free.
Credit U.S. Drought Monitor
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