This is the time of year when snowpack numbers do not tell the story well. Also, as you can see above, the statewide map does not contain data from many stations.
The runoff has started all over the state so it’s more fun to watch the slope of the melt-out on the basin high/low graphs. The data in the graphics above do not reflect the recent wet upslope storm system that hit northeastern Colorado.
The southern basins were close to complete melt-out on May 22.
The May peaks in snow water equivalent also occurred in the record water year 2011.