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

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Click here to go the Western Water Assessment website (scroll down for the latest briefing). Here’s an excerpt:

Latest Monthly Briefing – October 13, 2015

Highlights

  • September was dry overall for our region, with many areas receiving less than 25% of average precipitation for the month. Temperatures were extremely warm, with both Colorado and Utah recording their record-warmest September.
  • Water-year 2015 ended up with near-average (Utah) and above-average (Colorado and Wyoming) statewide precipitation for the 12-month period. The water-year average temperatures were unusually warm in all three states.
  • Nearly all reservoirs in Colorado and Wyoming had above-average storage as of the end of September; Utah’s reservoirs had mostly below-average storage.
  • El Niño conditions have strengthened further and are virtually certain to continue through the winter. El Niño’s expected influence is seen in seasonal precipitation outlooks showing a wet tilt for most or all of our region through the winter.
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