Snowpack news

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Here’s an update on the northern Colorado snowpack from Colin Lindenmayer writing for the Greeley Tribune. From the article:

The Natural Resources Conservation Service released snowpack information for February this week, and so far, not much of it is conclusive. Conservation Service rangeland management specialist John Fusaro said the figures are more telling after March’s snowfall has been included. “Usually it’s March that pays the bills, so to speak,” he said.

Still, February’s numbers reveal that snow-water equivalency is down from this time last year in eight of the nine locations surveyed. Fusaro warned that the more important numbers are the percentages compared to the 30-year average, in which case six locations are at 100 percent or more…

» WHAT’S UP: Of the locations surveyed, all with elevations of 9,500 feet and higher are at 100 percent or more than their 30-year averages.

» WHAT’S DOWN: While Big South, Bear Lake, Joe Wright Reservoir, Deadman Hill, Cameron Pass and Willow Park have more snowpack than their 30-year averages, all but Bear Lake have less at this point than they did last year.

» WHAT IT MEANS: Theoretically, there should be less available water for irrigation than a year ago, but more than there usually is. However, because March typically provides a high percentage of snow, these readings are not as indicative as next month’s will be.

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