Drought/snowpack news: April snowfall softens drought in northern Colorado #COdrought

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From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Bobby Magill):

Northern Colorado’s drought appears to be headed into remission following dousing after dousing of heavy snow and rain since the middle of April.

At least that’s the case for a doughnut hole in the region’s drought — an area roughly surrounding Fort Collins, Greeley and Longmont.

Drought conditions in most of Larimer, Boulder and western Weld counties and southern Laramie County, Wyo., are being downgraded from “moderate” drought conditions to merely abnormally dry.

Wednesday’s Colorado Climate Center drought report shows that above-average precipitation in April and an additional 1 to 2 inches of moisture during the first week of May in Northern Colorado has turned the region soggy enough to pause drought for now…

Colorado outside of Larimer, Boulder and Weld counties remains under moderate to extreme drought conditions, particularly southern Colorado were conditions are worsening…

Snowpack in Northern Colorado’s mountains is above-normal for this time of year, with the snow in the South Platte River Basin, which includes the Poudre River, at 105 percent of normal. The Colorado River Basin is 104 percent of normal.

Southern Colorado’s quickly-melting snowpack is hurting badly, however. The Rio Grande Basin’s snow is only 31 percent of normal, and the San Juan River Basin is 40 percent of normal.

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