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Drought reduced by last week's rain

Multiple days of heavy rain brought more than a foot of rain to many areas in Colorado. 

The U.S. Drought Monitor was released Thursday, and shows the impacts of the storm on the drought conditions across the state were significant.

Currently, almost 16 percent of the state is considered not to be in a drought anymore.  Compare this to last Thursday, when only 1.97 percent of the state was not considered to be in a drought.

The percentage of Colorado considered to be abnormally dry is currently at 19.62 percent and 47.6 percent is considered in a moderate drought. 

Down from 39.65 percent last week, only 12.98 percent of the state is currently considered to be in a severe drought. 

Also decreased thanks to last week's rain is the amount of the state that is considered to be under extreme drought conditions.  Previously, 15.64 precent of the state was under this condition.  Currently, only 2.54 percent of the state is under extreme drought conditions.

There are still some areas in the southeastern corner of the state that remain under exceptional drought conditions.  1.47 percent of the state remains under this condition, which is down from 3.01 percent last week and down from 17.54 percent three months ago.

This data is produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For more information about drought in Colorado, click here.

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