#Drought/#Snowpack news:

From The Kiowa County Press (Chris Sorensen):

Three months after a quarter of the state had been in the worst drought conditions, only a small part of Colorado remains in even moderate drought according to the most recent report from the National Drought Mitigation Center.

Colorado Drought Monitor March 26, 2019.

Since February, a series of storms systems have brought significant snow, particularly to southwest Colorado where extreme and exceptional drought – the two worst categories – had been entrenched for months. River basins in the area started the year at 70 to 80 percent of the median snow water equivalent. They now stand at 150 percent or greater, with the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan basin at 161 percent as of March 27.

Statewide snowpack basin-filled map March 27, 2019 via the NRCS.

Moderate drought remains across all but small portion of Costilla county. Western Huerfano and southwest Las Animas counties are also impacted by moderate drought.

The southern half of Archuleta County, along with slivers of southern La Plata and Montezuma counties are also in moderate drought.

Abnormally dry conditions continued to fall back across the state, now affecting only south central and southwest counties.

Overall, 75 percent of Colorado is drought-free, up from 54 percent one week ago. Twenty percent is abnormally dry, down from 40 percent. Moderate drought impacts five percent of the state, down from six percent. Severe drought fell to zero from one percent. Extreme and exceptional conditions exited the state earlier in the year.

Colorado Drought Monitor March 19, 2019.

Across the state, snow water equivalent stood at 140 percent, with all basis reporting 124 of the median or greater.

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