APISHAPA WATERSHED
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Automated Rain Gauge Program

Program Overview

Norwest Corporation installed three automated rain gauges in Las Animas County, Colorado in July 2012 to support Pioneer Natural Resources (Pioneer) coalbed methane (CBM) operations in the Raton Basin.  These automated rain gauges are part of the overall effort Pioneer has initiated to improve the knowledge of water availability in Las Animas County, home to an agricultural community that depends on water for its livelihood.  In addition, data collected by one additional station, the Hoehne CoAgMet (Colorado Agricultural Meteorological Network) weather station is included in the Pioneer precipitation monitoring program. 

In addition to the automated precipitation program, Pioneer joined the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), a non-profit community-based network of volunteers working together to measure and map precipitation throughout Colorado and the United States.  Pioneer’s partnership and support allow data to be collected from ten new CoCoRaHS rain gauges, seven of which are installed at public schools throughout Las Animas County and will be monitored by student volunteers.

Annual total precipitation in Las Animas County ranges from 14 to 16 inches: however, over the last decade, this area of Colorado has experienced extreme to exceptional drought conditions based on reports provided by the US Drought Monitor group (http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu). 

Landowners in the Raton Basin have had the unique opportunity to utilize Pioneer CBM surface discharges to meet some of their water needs over the past several years.  This mutual partnership has provided a new water source helping to maintain the agricultural industry in Las Animas County, and has offset a part of the reduction in rain and snowfall due to the drought conditions over the last ten years.  Tracking precipitation totals throughout the county is useful in assessing the value of any new or existing water sources that are currently being used for agricultural purposes.

Precipitation Data

 

ALL STATIONS COMPARISON

2012 Data     2013 Data     2014 Data     2015 Data

2013 Water Year Summary     2013 Calendar Year Summary

2014 Water Year Summary     2014 Calendar Year Summary

2015 Water Year Summary     2015 Calendar Year Summary  

January 2015 Monthly Comparison     February 2015 Monthly Comparison

March 2015 Monthly Comparison    April 2015 Monthly Comparison

May 2015 Monthly Comparison     June 2015 Monthly Comparison

July 2015 Monthly Comparison     August 2015 Monthly Comparison

September 2015 Monthly Comparison     October 2015 Monthly Comparison

November 2015 Monthly Comparison     December 2015 Monthly Comparison

LA GARITA RAIN GAUGE

2012 Data      2013 Data     2014 Data     2015 Data

January 2015 Monthly Summary     February 2015 Monthly Summary

March 2015 Monthly Summary    April 2015 Monthly Summary

May 2015 Monthly Summary     June 2015 Monthly Summary

July 2015 Monthly Summary     August 2015 Monthly Summary

September 2015 Monthly Summary     October 2015 Monthly Summary

November 2015 Monthly Summary     December 2015 Monthly Summary

SOUTHPAW RAIN GAUGE

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January 2015 Monthly Summary     February 2015 Monthly Summary

March 2015 Monthly Summary    April 2015 Monthly Summary

May 2015 Monthly Summary     June 2015 Monthly Summary

July 2015 Monthly Summary     August 2015 Monthly Summary

September 2015 Monthly Summary     October 2015 Monthly Summary

November 2015 Monthly Summary     December 2015 Monthly Summary

WALTS CORNER RAIN GAUGE

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January 2015 Monthly Summary     February 2015 Monthly Summary

March 2015 Monthly Summary     April 2015 Monthly Summary

May 2015 Monthly Summary     June 2015 Monthly Summary

July 2015 Monthly Summary     August 2015 Monthly Summary

September 2015 Monthly Summary     October 2015 Monthly Summary

November 2015 Monthly Summary     December 2015 Monthly Summary

HOEHNE COAGMET WEATHER STATION

2000 through 2015 Summary   

 
LA GARITA RAIN GAUGE
 
La Garita Rain Gauge 
      SOUTHPAW RAIN GAUGE
 
HOEHNE WEATHER STATION
 
WALTS CORNER RAIN GAUGE
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