Precipitation news: Denver is above average for the year

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Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for a look at the 21 day rainfall for Denver from the Urban Drainage and Flood Control District. Here’s a report from Jordan Steffen writing for The Denver Post. From the article:

Since May 1, the metro area has received 3.75 inches of precipitation — 2.24 inches more than normal for this point in the month and 0.48 inches above the normal amount for the year to date, according to the National Weather Service…

So far this month, Colorado Springs has received 0.53 inches of rain, putting the area 2.66 inches below the normal average for this time of year, said Byron Louis of the National Weather Service. Fire dangers in the southern and eastern parts of the state will likely remain high until July, when monsoon rains start to fall, Segin said. Drought conditions, especially in southern Colorado, are creating major problems for ranchers and farmers, said Jim Miller, deputy commissioner for the Colorado Department of Agriculture. The drought has caused a hay shortage and a severe lack of forage on the plains, which leads to grasshoppers competing with livestock for precious food.

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