DENVER — The drought monitor continues to show dry conditions across the eastern half of Colorado.
With the week ahead bringing inactive weather, expect the drought to expand some by next week.
This is a reflection of not just a dry month and winter for the Plains, but instead a longer-term trend triggered during the summer.
Maps from the past month, six months and year show much of eastern Colorado has not had average precipitation.The mountains have caught far more than average during the same times.
Those from Denver to Burlington along Interstate 70 are the driest. The wettest has been near the central mountains by Crested Butte and Aspen.
The best of these maps, from a drought perspective, has been the most recent. The weather pattern for this month left a few small pockets of dry areas on the Plains.
But that wet pattern has weakened and the month will finish mostly dry.