#Drought news: Colorado is officially drought free — The Denver Post

From The Denver Post (Chris Bianchi):

As of Thursday’s official drought monitor update from the Department of Agriculture, the entire state of Colorado is out of drought conditions for the first time since the Aug. 28, 2017 update.

There is a tiny sliver of Colorado – 0.01% of the state’s total landmass – that is officially experiencing “abnormally dry” conditions. But, that tiny area is not considered to be in a drought.

In fact, according to Colorado Climate Center meteorologist Becky Bolinger, Colorado is now experiencing the lowest level of abnormally dry and drought conditions statewide since the drought monitor started nearly two decades ago.

This rapid recovery – more than half of Colorado was in a drought just a few months ago – is almost entirely the product of one of the biggest winters in Colorado’s recent memory, both in terms of mountain snowfall and abundant precipitation along the Front Range and throughout eastern Colorado…

After a horrendous 2018 summer and early fall wildfire season, along with depleted reservoirs in the mountains, the news is especially welcome for a wide range of recreational, tourism and agricultural interests.

 

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