#Snowpack/#Drought news (January 11, 2021): Grand County remains in “exceptional” drought #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Click on a thumbnail graphic to view a gallery of snowpack data from the NRCS.

From The Sky-Hi News (Amy Golden):

Months of drought continue for Grand County and most of the western slope.

Grand has been in “exceptional” drought for months, according to the United States Drought Monitor. The drought map for Colorado puts the majority of the county in the worst of five categories for drought intensity…

Colorado Drought Monitor January 5, 2021.

The widespread drought is also apparent in snow water equivalent tracker known as SNOTEL. For the Colorado River Basin, which includes all of Grand, the snow water equivalent is at 73% of the average pack…

It’s even less compared to this time last year at 68% of the snow water equivalent. Last year’s snowpack for the Colorado River Basin was unique because pack coasted above average through April before suddenly dropping in an unusually dry May.

At Winter Park Resort, snowpack is 93% of the 30-year average according to OpenSnow.com. Meteorologist Joel Gratz predicts that the next significant snow storms for the mountain won’t be until around Jan. 16 or Jan. 17.

Westwide SNOTEL snowpack basin-filled map January 11, 2021 via the NRCS.

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