Snowpack/drought/runoff news: Upper Colorado River basin snowpack now at 14% of average, statewide = 16%

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Click on the thumbnail graphics for the statewide snowpack map, the Upper Colorado River Basin High/Low graph and the South Platte Basin High/Low graph from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka):

Showers late Sunday night and throughout the day Monday deposited about 0.30 inches of rain in the Pueblo area, and more could be in store for the next month. “Certainly there is some short-term relief,” said Randy Gray, of the National Weather Service station at Pueblo Memorial Airport. “Until the end of the month, it looks like we’re in a good position to get more.” The weather system that produced rain in Pueblo covered most of the eastern part of the state, leaving anywhere from half an inch at Fort Collins to nearly an inch near Trinidad. Snowfall was reported in the mountains…The rainfall was the most Pueblo had seen since the beginning of April, when 0.45 inches was recorded. Still, this is the time of year when more showers are expected. Overall, April was dry, just 57 percent of average.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

More than 0.6 of an inch of rain fell in most areas of [Fort Collins] y during the storm – more than the city has received since Feb. 4, said Wendy Ryan, a researcher at the Colorado Climate Center at CSU. Colorado State University climatologist Nolan Doesken said the rainfall dumped about a week’s worth of precipitation on the area in one evening. “The amount of precipitation we received (Sunday into Monday) is about what we normally get in a week-to-10-day period in an average May,” Doesken said. “It’s a week’s worth of precipitation. It’s wonderful. It’ll make things green.”[…]

Scientists who determine drought conditions in the region likely will keep the Fort Collins area listed under severe drought conditions until another wet storm moves through, he said. Ryan said only 1.79 inches of precipitation have fallen in Fort Collins since Jan. 1, putting the city 3.18 inches below normal for the year…

A chance for rain and thunderstorms in northeast Colorado will return to the forecast toward the end of the week with a cold front coming out of the northwest, meteorologist Julie Soper of DayWeaether in Cheyenne, Wyo., said.

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