Snowpack/drought/runoff news: San Miguel/Dolores/Animas/San Juan basins are at 20% of average, statewide = 16%

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Click on the thumbnail graphics for the current statewide snowpack map and the Basin High/Low graph for the San Miguel/Dolores/Animas/San Juan basins from the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The area is about 2 to 2.5 inches of SWE ahead of 2002.

From The Greeley Tribune (Eric Brown):

Welcome rains trickled down on a parched Weld County on Sunday night and into Monday morning, providing a bit of relief for [Dave] Petrocco, other farmers and municipal water officials who so far this year have been dealing with historically low precipitation amounts…

In Greeley, rainfall amounted to .43 inches during the 24-hour period between 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to figures recorded at the University of Northern Colorado. It was the most precipitation the city had received in a 24-hour period so far this year…

Until this week’s storm, the Greeley area had received only about 1.5 inches of precipitation this year — the third-lowest amount on record for the city. The average through the end of April is 3.81 inches…

City of Greeley Water and Sewer Department Director Jon Monson said that — because of the unusually dry and hot conditions, and because of extensive lawn-watering by residents — the city’s treatment facilities were releasing about 35 million gallons of water per day last week. That’s about 40 percent more than in previous years, he added.

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