From the Associated Press (Dan Elliott) via The Pueblo Chieftain:
…[recent] precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado.
The U.S. Drought Monitor said Thursday a series of recent storms have dropped up to four times the normal weekly rainfall in some areas of the West. However, three-quarters of the region remains in a long-term drought.
Nearly half of California was classified as being in an exceptional drought — the most severe of five categories.
The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.
Much of the river’s water comes from melting snow in the Colorado mountains. At its deepest point last winter, the snow in the Colorado River Basin reached only about 82 percent of normal.
More Colorado River Basin coverage here.