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