The rains we claim aren’t always on the plains

Mile High Water Talk

How much precipitation did we get last year? The answer can be confusing — because of three simple letters.

By Steve Snyder

Here’s a quick quiz: What three things are critical to both precipitation monitoring and real estate? The answer is an old joke: location, location, location!

October marked the beginning of our new water year, so now is a natural time for us to look back and ask how much rain fell in the previous year. But when it comes to Denver Water’s service area, which includes more than 300 square miles, there isn’t one simple response. It all depends on your location.

“Our service area covers a large geographic region, and weather patterns can differ across that area,” said Lindsay Weber, demand planner for Denver Water. “For example, if it’s raining in Wheat Ridge, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s raining in Greenwood Village.”

And when it…

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