From The Greeley Tribune (Eric Brown):
If the region doesn’t see significant moisture, 2012 could be remembered as the year that northeastern Colorado broke — by a long shot — any record-low precipitation numbers posted during the Dust Bowl and other years when drought has plagued the region.
As of Monday, 2012’s precipitation figures through April in Fort Collins were far below any recorded of the Dust Bowl years (Greeley’s precipitation data only dates back to the late 1960s, so there are no numbers from the 1930s available for comparison. Fort Collins is the closest city in which 1930s numbers are available).
This year’s numbers so far are also much worse than those recorded during the historic drought year of 2002, according to statistics provided by the Colorado Climate Center in Fort Collins.
At the current rate of moisture, 2012 looks to have less than 4 inches of precipitation by the end of the year in northeastern Colorado, which is less than half of what was recorded in 1934 and 1936 — the two driest years of the Dust Bowl — and in 2002.
Of course, there’s still plenty of time to rebound from the historically dry year the region has endured.