#Drought news: The odds of reaching 100% of normal water year precipitation in Water Year 2020

Map shows the odds of reaching 100% of normal precipitation by the end of the water year based on how much precipitation has been observed so far this water year and how much has historically been observed during the remaining months in the water year. Credit: Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes / Scripps Institution of Oceanography via Wyoming Public Media

From Wyoming Public Media (Noah Glick):

According to the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes, much of our region has about a 30% chance of seeing normal precipitation levels this water year. That primarily affects Nevada, Utah and Colorado.

McEvoy says recent winter storms throughout the region will help those odds improve when new numbers are released in December…

But this slow start isn’t necessarily a sign of things to come. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the areas within our region most impacted by drought have a higher probability of seeing above average precipitation in early December. And it predicts minimal drought impacts for most of the region, with the exception of southeastern Colorado.

West Drought Monitor November 26, 2019.

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