From the Denver Post (Tom McGhee):
Heavy spring storms have soaked the Front Range and the Eastern Plains, experts said. “Overall, we have a lot of farmers looking a lot more optimistic then they were 60 days ago,” said Chuck Hanagan, county executive director for the Otero Crowley County Farm Service Agency in southeastern Colorado…
Moisture totals are at 2.89 inches at Denver International Airport so far this month, compared with the 1.93 inches that is normal for April, said Wendy Ryan, research associate at the Colorado Climate Center. The snowpack measures 98 percent of normal statewide, said Mike Gillespie, snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resources Conservation Service. “We were looking at below-average runoffs back on April 1 because of the dry March,” he said. “The other parts of the state have benefitted as much as the Eastern Plains and the Front Range. The only exception is the southwestern corner of the state.”[…]
Both the South Platte and Colorado River basins are above 100 percent of normal, a plus for Denver, which draws its water supply from them, said Greg Fisher, manager of demand planning for Denver Water…The city’s reservoirs are about 86 percent full, compared with the long- term median of 77 percent, he added.