Snowpack news: The recent storm bumps the South Platte Basin % of normal = 103, Rio Grande = 60%

Click on a thumbnail graphic for a gallery of snowpack data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

From the Associated Press via The Columbus Republic:

The Colorado Water Availability Task Force will meet Wednesday in Denver.

Colorado’s statewide snowpack stands at about 79 percent of the long-term average. The snow depth was 92 percent of average in the basin that gives rise to the Colorado River, which supplies water to seven states including California.

Much of the West is in a drought. The U.S. Drought Monitor lists parts of California and Nevada as under extreme or exceptional drought, the driest of five categories.

The U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Water and Climate Center says January was unusually warm and dry across the West.

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