Snowpack (runoff) news

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From the Aspen Daily News:

Snow levels in the mountains above the Roaring Fork Valley are holding their own, hovering just shy of average while the snowpack across the state isn’t fairing quite as well, according to data collected May 1…

Measurements by the Natural Resources Conservation Service found snowpack in the Colorado River watershed, which includes the Roaring Fork Valley, to be 99 percent of normal on May 1. That’s better than the statewide figures, which were 90 percent of average, and the second-highest of any basin in the state. Many basins were well below average, particularly in southwestern Colorado, which missed most of the early April storms that blanketed the rest of Colorado. Gauges on Tuesday found snow on Independence Pass at 100 percent of average. The season peaked at 117 percent of average in April in the Colorado River drainage, the highest percentage of anywhere in Colorado. Maximum snowpack totals were reached on April 19 across most of the state, about a week later than usual…

In the Colorado drainage, though, the runoff on May 1 was just 81 percent of last year’s torrent. Statewide, the runoff was just 78 percent of last year, when a cool spring spared the Roaring Fork Valley from heavy flooding caused by an unusually high snowpack…

The healthy snowpack bodes well for water for the summer. Reservoirs are at near average levels across much of the state, including the Colorado basin, which is at 99 percent of average.

From the Associated Press via the Vail Daily:

Snowpack on Vail Mountain remains above average for this time of year, the Eagle River Water and Sanitation District said. There were 25.2 inches of “snow-water equivalent” on Vail Mountain as of Tuesday, the district said. That compares to a historical average since 1979 of about 23.5 inches for this time of year.

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