#Drought news: “Epic” #snowpack — @GovofCO

From The Colorado Sun (Jessee Paul):

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported on Thursday that there are no more extreme or exceptional drought conditions in the state, which plagued the Four Corners region after the dry 2018 winter and summer. Three months ago, nearly 30 percent of Colorado was listed under that status.

As of Thursday’s report, only 46.13 percent of the state was listed in some kind of drought status. That’s down from 83 percent last week.

Colorado Drought Monitor March 19, 2019.

Gov. Jared Polis, in a Facebook live video with snow experts, called the state’s snowpack “epic.”

Colorado Statewide Basin High/Low graph March 21, 2019 via the NRCS.

[Joel] Gratz said the last time Colorado’s spring snowpack was anywhere near as solid was 11 years ago. But you have to go back to the 1996-97 season to really match this year’s levels.

A wall of snow towers above the bulldozer on south Red Mountain Pass. (Provided by the Colorado Department of Transportation)

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