Snowpack news: ‘We’re already below where we were last year, and look what happened in ’12’ — Brian Werner #COdrought #COwx

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From the Loveland Reporter-Herald:

Snowpack is at 61 percent of normal in the Upper Colorado and South Platte Basins, which affect Larimer County — lower than it was Jan. 10, 2012, said Brian Werner, spokesman for Northern Water. But water managers knew there was liquid in the bank coming off three consecutive wet years and with area reservoirs at 121 percent of the level considered full.

This year, by comparison, Colorado-Big Thompson Reservoirs as well as other local storage facilities are 79 percent full — a 42 percent margin. “We don’t want another 2012,” said Werner. “We’re already below where we were last year, and look what happened in ’12.”[…]

While the water outlook may be causing heartburn, it is still too early to tell what will happen in March and April, which are typically snowy months in Colorado, Werner said.

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