#Snowpack news: #Colorado is melting-out fast especially in southern part of the state

From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Alex Zorn):

“We’re seeing above average melt,” said Brian Domonkos, a snow survey supervisor for the Natural Resources Conservation Service in Colorado.

“As of this morning, the state snowpack is 62% of normal,” he said Friday. “Further southwest, snowpack numbers are even lower.”


The United States Department of Agriculture snowpack summary shows the statewide snowpack is not nearly as low as 2018 numbers.

The Colorado Basin is 76% of normal snowpack, and the Gunnison River Basin is at 47%. Both are below last year’s numbers but, as Domonkos explained, 2019 was an extremely high year.

The southwest part of the state has the lowest snowpack numbers with the Upper Rio Grande well below its normal numbers.

According to the USDA’s water supply outlook report for May, the month of April brought widely varying precipitation to Colorado, but all major basins received below- average monthly precipitation.

The basins of northern Colorado all received 77% to 84% of average precipitation.

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