Snowpack news

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From the Aspen Times: “Overall, the snowpack for the Roaring Fork River basin is 12 percent above average, according to the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency in the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Data collected at seven locations in the Roaring Fork River basin showed on Friday that the snowpack was 21 percent above average at Schofield Pass in the Crystal Valley drainage. The snowpack east of Aspen near Grizzly Reservoir was 15 percent above average, the NRCS reported. The average amount water equivalent held in the snowpack at that site is 15.2 inches on the first day of spring. It was 17.5 inches this year. The snowpack is holding up better in the Crystal Valley than the Fryingpan Valley, according to the conservation service’s measurements. Along with the Schofield site, the snowpack is 14 percent above average at North Lost Trail near Marble and 3 percent above average at McClure Pass. In the Fryingpan Valley, the snowpack is 2 percent above average at the Ivanhoe site and right at average for March 20 at the Kiln site. The snowpack is 9 percent above average at the Nast site…

“The Gunnison River basin’s snowpack is 98 percent of average; the Dolores/San Miguel is 95 percent of average; the San Juan basin is at 96 percent; and the Animas is at 90 percent, according to the conservation service.”

From the Denver Post: “For the meteorological record, March and April usually deliver Denver’s heaviest, wettest snows. But the National Weather Service points to La Niña, the Pacific Ocean weather phenomenon, for keeping the snow at bay this year. Since July, Denver’s snowfall is just 14 percent of the 61.7 inches normally recorded in the July 1-June 30 monitoring period. March 2 saw a record high temperature of 74 in Denver, breaking a 1901 mark.”

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