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

Federal Water Year Precipitation as a percent of normal October 1, 2015 thru July 12, 2015
Federal Water Year Precipitation as a percent of normal October 1, 2015 thru July 12, 2015

Click here to go to the Western Water Assessment website, scroll down for the most recent briefing. Here’s an excerpt:

Highlights

  • June precipitation was hit-or-miss across the region; southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado were much wetter than normal, and northern Utah was drier than normal. June temperatures were record-high in Utah, and also above-average across Colorado and Wyoming.
  • Due to the very wet May and the delayed and rapid snowmelt, peak discharges and overall runoff volumes were generally greater than one would expect given the peak SWE values.
  • Nearly all reservoirs in Colorado and Wyoming have above-average storage for the end of June; Utah’s reservoirs are split between below- and above-average storage.
  • El Niño conditions have strengthened further and are expected to continue through the winter. NOAA CPC precipitation outlooks for our region show a wet tilt through the summer and early fall, partly due to El Niño’s expected influence.
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