Runoff news: Colorado River drops to its lowest levels in 5 years

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The experts kept telling us that this would be a below average year for streamflow. The unexpectedly quick runoff season and quick filling of most storage vessels seemed to belie their experience and judgment. Well streams are dropping across Colorado. Here’s a report from NBC11News.com. From the article:

In early June, the mighty Colorado River crested at 12 feet, making for a rough and dangerous ride, for rafters. Now forecasters say the water has dipped to the shallowest level in five years…

“We have not had great deal of rainfall here in the Colorado basin, so the river level dropped quite a bit. Right now it’s running below average for this time of year,” says Chris Cuoco, of the National Weather Service.

Here’s the link to the Colorado River gage near Kremmling, running at 853 cfs this morning.

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