Water Year 2015 Precipitation:
Three months into the water year, much of the higher terrain of the UCRB is at or above normal precipitation.
The Upper Green River basin in Sublette, Lincoln and Uinta counties are above normal, while much of Sweetwater County is drier, receiving less than 90% of normal for the Water Year to date.
The Uintah Range in Utah are drier, reporting less than 90% of normal, with much of the southern side of the range less than 70% of normal.
The southern portion of the basin is drier, with much of the lower elevations seeing less than 70% of normal precipitation for the water year to date.
The San Juan Mountains and headwaters of the Gunnison River are at or above normal.
The Rio Grande basin is showing better percent of normal, with the higher elevations surrounding the San Louis Valley at or above normal. The Valley is drier, but still near normal (70% and above).
East of the divide in Colorado, the eastern plains recovered nicely in December, now reporting at or above normal precipitation for the water year. Portions of Weld, Washington, Phillips and Yuma counties are slightly drier, with areas between 70% – 90% of normal.
Portions of Otero, Crowley, Bent and Las Animas counties, where drought has been the worst, have seen better than 150% of normal for the water year to date.