The latest climate briefing from the Western Water Assessment is hot off the presses #ColoradoRiver

Upper Colorado River Basin June 2014 precipitation as a percent of normal via the Colorado Climate Center
Upper Colorado River Basin June 2014 precipitation as a percent of normal via the Colorado Climate Center

Click here to go to the Intermountain West Climate Dashboard website. Here’s an excerpt:

Highlights

  • June was much drier than average across most of the region, with southern Utah and far southwestern Colorado seeing the driest conditions.
  • With the above-average spring-summer runoff in Wyoming and most of Colorado, reservoir storage there has strongly rebounded. Utah and southwestern Colorado saw below-average runoff, and reservoir storage continues to lag compared to average conditions.
  • The NOAA CPC monthly and seasonal outlooks are tilted towards wetter-than-average conditions for our region for the summer and early fall. The PSD ‘SWcast’ is less optimistic about the monsoon season than the CPC outlooks, showing a dry tilt for most of Utah and Colorado.
  • In the past month, the progression of atmospheric and oceanic conditions towards El Niño status has slowed, but an El Niño event is still expected to emerge by fall.
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