@ColoradoClimate: Weekly #Climate, #Water and #Drought Assessment of the Intermountain West

Click here to read the current assessment. Click here to go to the NIDIS website hosted by the Colorado Climate Center. Here’s the summary:

Summary: March 24, 2020

Much of the Intermountain West experienced an active storm pattern last week, with widespread areas receiving between half an inch and inch of moisture. Month-to-date, the majority of the region has received at least an inch of moisture, with some higher elevations seeing over 2 inches. Some areas of Wyoming, southeast CO, and spots in western Utah have been a bit drier for the month. For most of the Intermountain West, temperatures have been above average since the beginning of March.

Snowpack throughout the Upper Colorado River Basin is in good condition. The northern basins have reached their seasonal average peaks. Typical snowpack peak time is the first to second week of April, so these basins could be well above peak by the time melting starts. While the Gunnison and San Juan basins were struggling, last week they both received a healthy boost in snowpack and are now near their current average, with a better chance of an average peak.

The outlook calls for more moisture in the next 7 days over the northern mountains of Utah and Colorado and into Wyoming. Arizona and New Mexico will not receive much in the next week. Other areas of concern, such as southeast CO and the Four Corners will also not see much action. With warm, dry, and windy conditions expected over the plains of eastern CO and NM, expect red flag warning days and fire danger to be higher.

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